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 categorization. Over the course of its lifespan, Pig Iron has created over two dozen original works and has toured to festivals and venues across the US, Europe, and Asia. Pig Iron trains the next generation of daring physical theater artists through the Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training, a venture that received Center funding. A “longtime fascination with the characters that live on the margins of society,” as Pig Iron describes it, has led the company to devise Center-supported works including the Obie Award-winning Chekhov Lizardbrain, Welcome to Yuba City, and I Promised Myself to Live Faster. In 2016, Pig Iron received a Center Project grant to present A Period of Animate Existence, a new symphonic-theater hybrid that will offer a meditation on life and planetary cycles, set in a time of rapid ecological and technological changes.
What inspires our imaginations and catalyzes our creativity? As we bid farewell to 2014, we asked members of our cultural community to share something that inspired them this year.
Philadelphia Young Playwrights assists students in Philadelphia area schools with telling their stories through theater.
Marian X is a playwright and a 1997 Pew Fellow.
1812 Productions, led by Artistic Director Jennifer Childs, created a production that combined storytelling, music, and clowning to investigate the female comic voice.
The New Year will bring ambitious and innovative Center-funded projects to the Philadelphia region that will inspire audiences and push the boundaries of artistic discovery and expression.
Temple Contemporary’s mission is “to creatively re-imagine the social function of art through questions of local relevance and international significance.”
Dan Hurlin currently teaches performance art, dance, and puppetry at Sarah Lawrence College, where he also serves as the director of the graduate program in theater. In 2015, Hurlin served as a Performance LOI panelist.
Ralph Rugoff is director of the Hayward Gallery at the Southbank Centre in London.
Elevator Repair Service’s John Collins on why his theater ensemble embraces “a blissful ignorance” at the outset of a new project.
FringeArts president and producing director, Nick Stuccio, talks with us about organizational growth, new audience development, and risk-taking as a presenter.
Act II Playhouse produced this regional premiere by Irish playwright Sebastian Barry, which won the Critics’ Circle Award for Best New Play.
Since 1990, Michael Alexander has been the executive and artistic director of Grand Performances, which presents free performing arts events in Downtown Los Angeles.