One of the very best parts of my current job, working as the Director of Development at Pig Iron Theatre Company, is getting to be a close observer of the students at the Pig Iron School, directed by Quinn Bauriedel. In an interesting partnership with the University of the Arts, the students are earning a Graduate Certificate or an MFA in Devised Performance.
Over the past few months, I’ve gotten to see them perform cabaret at La Peg, their culminating performances (called Dares) at UArts, a New York performance at Dixon Place, numerous public showings at the Pig Iron studios, and various drafts during Friday showings, also at Pig Iron. It took me a while to sort out who was who since I most often saw them in character and in crazy costumes, but I came to get a sense of their individual voices and talents, as makers and performers, and feel enormously grateful to have been a witness to their work this semester. I’m impressed with their courage and originality, their boldness and brightness. I can’t wait to see what they do next. Congratulations, Pig Iron graduates!!