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Theater - Devised Performance (MFA & Certificate)

Quinn Bauriedel is program director and an associate professor at UArts since 2015, and focuses on devising, improvisation, movement and interdisciplinary collisions. He is also co-founder and co-artistic director of Pig Iron Theatre Company (1995–present).


Quinn Bauriedel is a graduate of Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania, and Ecole Jacques Lecoq, Paris. He has worked professionally as an actor, director, designer and creator, primarily with the Obie Award–winning Pig Iron Theatre Company. Bauriedel worked alongside Joe Chaikin, founder of the Open Theater, during a two-year creation process for Shut Eye, an original Pig Iron work that premiered in 2001. 

Bauriedel grew up performing and playing in a youth orchestra, but it wasn’t until he lived for a year in Bali, Indonesia, on a Luce Fellowship that he began knitting together the worlds of theater and music. Those two performance languages have been central to his work as a theater-maker and teacher.

Bauriedel has taught courses at Arcadia, Dartmouth, Princeton and Swarthmore universities. Additionally, he has taught workshops nationally and internationally, including at Brown, Harvard, Ohio State, Stanford, Wesleyan and Yale universities, as well as at University of California San Diego, University of Pennsylvania and University of Virginia, among many other institutions in the U.S. Internationally, he has taught workshops in Abu Dhabi, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Maldives, Russia, Spain, Sweden and Thailand. 

“Quinn Bauriedel directs with a choreographer’s eye and a clown’s sense of humor.” – Philadelphia Weekly on Welcome to Yuba City


  • Bauriedel has co-created and performed in more than 20 original works of the Pig Iron Theatre Company, including the Obie Award–winning Hell Meets Henry Halfway and Chekhov Lizardbrain.

  • Along with Geoff Sobelle and Trey Lyford, he created and performed in machines, machines, machines, machines, machines, machines …, which was listed as a Top 10 Production in the New Yorker and the New York Times.

  • Bauriedel directed the Barrymore Award–winning Welcome to Yuba City, The Tragedy of Joan of Arc and 99 Breakups.

  • Recently, he led workshops for Josephine Decker that resulted in her Sundance hit, Madeline’s Madeline.

Visit Pig Iron Theatre’s website.

Visit the Pig Iron School’s website.


UArts/Pig Iron Off the Rails - Part 1: Departing Philadelphia

How the World Moves Part 1

Working in the Theater: Devised Theater

Four men dancing, in which two men are pulling up their partners while audience members sit around them.
“99 Breakups”







Awards & Accolades

Bauriedel has been recognized broadly for his work. 

  • USA Eisenhower Fellowship (supporting research in Russia and Spain)

  • US Artists Fellowship (supporting ongoing artistic work)

  • Fox Foundation Actor Fellowship (supporting ongoing artistic work)

  • Pew Fellowship (supporting ongoing artistic work)

  • Luce Scholar (supporting a year in Bali, Indonesia)

  • Independence Foundation Fellowship (supporting international work in Argentina and Thailand)

  • Obie Award for Best New Play, for Pig Iron’s Hell Meets Henry Halfway

  • Multiple Barrymore Awards and nominations for Pig Iron

  • “One of the few groups successfully taking theater in new directions” – The New York Times