Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training

Pig Iron Theatre Company

2010
$150,000

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Photo by Alexander Iziliaev. Courtesy of Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training.

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The Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training. Photo by Alexander Izliaev.

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The Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training. Photo by Alexander Izliaev.

Pig Iron Theatre Company creates original performance works that share a joint focus on collaboration, improvisation, innovation, and experimentation, and which redefine theatre as an interdisciplinary art form, resulting in unique experiences for audiences. The Center supported the pilot year of the Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training, a two-year certificate program for actors and directors that takes place in the Fishtown area of Philadelphia. Pig Iron launched this new program not only to generate revenue and engage new talent, but also to perpetuate the company's artistic output through an organic process. Grant support helped the company to expand its staff, to secure its foundation as the pilot program launched, and to engage consultants regarding human resource issues, fundraising, school enrollment, and overall management. The school's pilot year was an unqualified success, attracting students from across the country and mobilizing Pig Iron's members to teach while sustaining their ongoing artistic practice.[footnote Management grants, through the Philadelphia Cultural Management Initiative, were awarded through 2013 following which a new funding category, Advancement grants, was introduced to support substantial long-term organizational development. Learn more>>.]