Devised Theatre


What is D​EVISED ​THEATRE?

Devised theatre is “theatre that begins without a script. The script gets ‘written’ as the
rehearsal process takes place through a series of improvisations and collaborations.”

In a Devised Theatre production, everyone contributes to the story. Everyone ​collaborates​ to create the final product. Dramaturgs, writers, performers, technical crew, designers, musicians, dancers, artists…they are all equal members of the artistic process and together they form the ​company​. ​(​Source​)

How does it work?

After students audition and are selected to collaborate on the piece, they begin a five step process:

  1. Research
  2. Creation
  3. Development
  4. Rehearsal
  5. Performance

Our Untitled Devised Theatre Project Timeline

Fall 2020

  • Auditions (Video submissions) and Callbacks (Via Zoom) then the Company is created.
  • Phase 1 (Zoom) 5 Weeks
    • Introduction to Devised Work (2 weeks, 6 hours a week)
    • Exposure to other Devised Work and Company Discussions
    • Playwriting (2 weeks, 6 hours a week)
    • Introduce the basics of playwriting, writing exercises (individual, pairs, groups), identify styles of structure and dramaturgical opportunities
  • Phase 2 (Zoom) 3 Weeks
    • Content Creation (3 weeks, 6-8 hours a week)
      Students will generate material based on our chosen prompt.

Spring 2021

  • Phase 3 (Hybrid) 2 weeks
    • Script, Ensemble, and Movement (2 weeks, 8-10 hours a week)
      Students will make creative decisions about the content, shape, and structure of the piece, with guidance from Ms. Wozniak, while also doing physical explorations of the written material with guidance by Ms. Reidy.
  • Phase 4 (Hybrid) 3 Weeks
    • Rehearsal and Performance (3 weeks, 8-10 hours a week)
      Students will block and edit, making final decisions about structure and execution for the performance, which will be contingent on safety regulations.

Rehearsal Schedule*

Rehearsal Schedule

*This is a tentative schedule subject to change based on several factors (COVID safety and the availability of space should we be able to rehearse in person).

How can I get involved?

Auditions will take place October 13th, 14th, and 15th. If you are interested in auditioning for this project, please fill out this ​FORM.​

AUDITION INFORMATION:

Auditions will be by video submissions only. Please record a one minute video that includes the following:

  • Your name
  • Your grade
  • One sentence about why you want to be involved in the Devised Theatre Project
  • Introduce your skill – For example, “I will be reciting an original poem called _______”.
  • A short example of your skill. This is a VERY open ended prompt. You can choose to sing a short song, demonstrate your choreography or dancing skills, recite a monologue, tell jokes, pantomime, play an instrument, etc.

Please remember, if your skill is something YOU created (like a song you wrote) to give yourself credit. If it is something performed by you but created by someone else, be sure to give THEM credit (like a dance choreographed by someone else).

A few helpful hints…perform or do something that shows off your talents. Choose something that you are passionate about. It is important that we get to know who YOU are in this audition. Take risks. Be bold. Don’t be afraid to be vulnerable or ridiculous.

Remember, this theatre piece is going to be in response to something that matters now. Think about what is happening in the world, in the country, in your life, and perform something that is connected to what is happening. The more specific YOUR idea is, the better. It can be entirely personal. Specific stories are often the most relatable. Choose to audition with something that is meaningful to you. Do not try to anticipate what we will want to see. We want to see what you want to show us.

SUBMISSION INFORMATION

  1. Title your audition video with your full name
  2. Email your video to Ms. Wozniak by Monday, October 5th
  3. The subject line of your audition should be DEVISED THEATRE AUDITION. If you do not use this as the subject of your email, there is a chance that your audition will be missed.
  4. Complete the audition google form by Monday, October 5th.

Questions?

Email Ms. Wozniak at swozniak@smuhsd.org.

LINKS:
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What are the Benefits of Devised Theatre?
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