See below for further information.

Devised Theatre is a process in which the whole creative team develops the show collaboratively.


Option A

Devise at Festival

Collaborate with a professional guest artist and an ensemble of other student artists to create and perform a devised piece at the festival. No nomination is required. Participation is open to the first 18 people who register. If any slots remain at the festival’s start, students may still choose to participate by expressing their interest at the 10-Minute Play Auditions.

Option B

Devise in Advance

Devise and rehearse a piece at your school using the prompt. Bring your work to festival, perform it in the devised theatre showcase, and receive feedback from a panel of professional devising artists. No nomination is required. Registration is limited to the first 8 entries. Please choose one individual to submit your group’s registration and serve as the contact person for communication.

Companies should adhere to the 2023-2024 Devising Health & Safety Protocols & Guidelines.

Submissions will have a 15-minute time limit.

  • Set up and strike can be part of the performance
  • Contributions of the ensemble are to be balanced and evenly distributed.
  • Not every member of the ensemble must perform, but the majority should.
  • Faculty advisors may provide outside-eye feedback, but students should drive the work
  • (No live flame, no smoking, and no functional weapons)


  • Each showing will be given a short response from regional faculty and/or devising guest artists. Each deviser will be expected to speak articulately about their work, displaying rigor of process and responsibility for form and content.
  • Devising isn’t an aesthetic; it’s a process. This approach to creating new work includes multiple aesthetics, production value spectrums, and performance styles.
  • Registration will begin on October 1, 2023. To participate students will follow the online registration form found on the Region III website.
  • Deadline for submission – December 14th
  • Schools may enter multiple groups for the devising project.

TITLE: To See and Be Seen

  • Ensemble will select their sources of inspiration as their creative container (examples: a photograph, a poem, a fictional or non-fictional short story, a memory, interviews, a question, etc.). Ensemble will be asked to clearly articulate how their sources informed process and product, form and content.
  • Each ensemble will create a unique performance vocabulary informed by their source materials. This vocabulary should include movement, voice, visual image, sonic landscape, text and scenic environment and communicate the piece’s style and aesthetic.
  • Ensemble should consider time restraints. These parameters are designed to form a creative container to spark your imaginations and deepen your exploration.
Drew Vidal

Drew Vidal

Devised Theatre Coordinator

Ball State University
Associate Professor of Acting and Movement
Department of Theatre and Dance
Arts and Communications, Room AC 306
Muncie, IN 47306

Jerome Yorke

Jerome Yorke

Devised Theatre Coordinator

Jerome Yorke (he/they) is a theatre-maker and educator specializing in ensemble-based physical theatre, directing, devising, and performance. He/they have 20 years of national and international professional acting and performance experience from Bali, Indonesia, to Abu Dhabi, UAE. His/their approach to theatre making and performance blends imaginative storytelling and social justice with styles that include eccentric characterization, clowning, and acrobatic dance. Jerome holds an MFA in Ensemble Based Physical Theatre from Dell’Arte International and is a core member of UpLift Physical Theatre. A certified Alexander Technique teacher, Jerome is an Assistant Professor of Physical Theatre for the University of Dayton’s Theatre, Dance, and Performance Technology program, specializing in acting, movement, puppetry, and clowning.

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