Pig Iron Theatre Company

1/4: Pig Iron Theatre Company’s Zero Cost House. Photo courtesy of Pig Iron Theatre Company.
2/4: Pig Iron Theatre Company’s Twelfth Night, or What You Will. Photo by JJ Tiziou.
3/4: The Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training. Photo by Alexander Izliaev.
4/4: Geoff Sobelle in Mission to Mercury (2006). Photo courtesy of Pig Iron Theatre Company.

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.


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Grants & Grantees

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Grants & Grantees

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Grants & Grantees
Grants & Grantees

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Collaborators & Colleagues

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Grants & Grantees

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