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The Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training


In October of 2014, Pig Iron Theatre Company will welcome the next class of the Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training, a two-year program in physical and ensemble-devised theatre.  APT brings a diverse mixture of performance-makers to our hometown of Philadelphia, who train their bodies and imaginations, develop their artistic vision, and meet kindred spirits and collaborators from across the country and the globe.

Our first class of Pig Iron School graduates have shown work at New York Live Arts, the Abundance Festival (Karlstad, Sweden), and the New Orleans Fringe; taken over the artistic directorship at a legendary 15 year-old rock-n-roll theatre company; won 1 of 5 national Fox Foundation Fellowships; and worked in the Philadelphia public schools through the Philadelphia Arts and Education Partnership, among other notable pursuits.

Faculty include the three founders of Pig Iron; Pig Iron Company Members Geoff Sobelle and Sarah Sanford; frequent Pig Iron collaborators Emmanuelle Delpech and Charlotte Ford; Swim Pony's Adrienne Mackey; and acclaimed voice instructor Jean-Rene Toussaint.

Additionally, students are given hands-on training in producing, marketing, and fundraising; and asked to explore different avenues of creativity with special guests ranging from Elevator Repair Service's John Collins to lauded photographer Zoe Strauss to 2014 Top Chef champion Nicholas Elmi.

Applications are still being accepted for fall 2014. To apply please consult the application instructions and requirements, available as a PDF here.  Send all questions to Once the application process is completed, you will be notified regarding the committee's decision within 4 weeks.

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