About Pig Iron
Founded in 1995 as an interdisciplinary ensemble, Pig Iron Theatre Company is
dedicated to the creation of new and exuberant performance works that defy easy
Over the course of its nearly two-decade lifespan, Pig Iron has created over two dozen original works and has toured to festivals and theatres in England, Scotland, Poland, Lithuania, Brazil, Ireland, Italy, Romania and Germany. The body of Pig Iron's work is eclectic and daring. Individual works have been inspired by history and biography (Poet In New York, 1997 and Anodyne, 2001), rock music (Mission to Mercury, 2000 and James Joyce is Dead and so is Paris: The Lucia Joyce Cabaret, 2003), American kitsch culture (Cafeteria, 1997 and Welcome to Yuba City, 2009), serendipity (Dig or Fly, 1996 and The Snow Queen, 1999), and scientific research (Pay Up, 2005/2013 and Chekhov Lizardbrain, 2007). In 2001, Pig Iron collaborated with legendary theatre director Joseph Chaikin (1935-2003) to create an exploration of sleep, dreams and consciousness (Shut Eye).
In 2005, Pig Iron won
an OBIE Award for Hell Meets Henry Halfway,
an adaptation of Polish writer Witold Gombrowicz's novel Possessed; in 2008, Pig Iron won a
second OBIE for James Sugg's performance in Chekhov Lizardbrain. Pig Iron's staging of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night was nominated for ten
Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre, winning four.
Currently, Pig Iron is composed of 3 artistic directors and 4 company members, in addition to an administrative staff and board of directors. The company made Philadelphia its permanent home in 1997; though individual pieces are often developed in residency at other theatres or at universities, we premiere all our work in our hometown of Philadelphia.