In Performance: Devising Residencies

Immerse yourself in the work by putting the process into immediate application. Our original plays are crafted with creative openings for ensemble devising and multiple skill expansion.

It’s the perfect hybrid of master class, published play, and blank page devising. Shows may include physical theatre, audience engagement, stage combat, shadow puppetry, long form improvisation, mask, physical comedy, circus arts, dance, partnering acrobatics, and songwriting.

We excel in creating stunning works with ensembles ranging from budding student to seasoned professional.

We have only one hard and fast rule: Commitment. Every residency has a strict “no conflicts” rule. The entire ensemble is responsible to be present at all rehearsals. They will be fully engaged the entire time. We respect your time and creativity.

“Creatively Independent can only be described as miraculous… I cannot imagine my program, or the success we have experienced, without the resources provided by Chris and Jess and CI.”

– Randall Adkison, Theatre Department Head, Ponte Vedra HS

 OFFERINGS

ORIGINAL DANCE THEATRE PIECE

PIECE DURATION: 5-8 minutes

RESIDENCY LENGTH: 1 week

PARTICIPANTS: high school to grad school, 30 performers maximum.

PRICE: $3,000 (travel and housing not included)

SYNOPSIS: Stretch your actors into the world of dance. Challenge your dancers into emotional storytelling through theatre. Together the process and product are dynamic! Your performers begin the process before the residency with creative writing prompts. We hit the ground running on Day 1 to build a completely unique piece that speaks to your community.

THEMES: Choose from the following themes to start devising (1)”Where Do You Stand?”, (2) “Play” or (3) “At The Edge”.

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ORIGINAL THEATRE PIECE (1 Act)

PLAY DURATION: 1 Act, up to 45 minutes

RESIDENCY LENGTH: 6 weeks

PARTICIPANTS: high school to grad school, 20 performers maximum

PRICE: $10,000 (travel and housing not included)

SYNOPSIS: Inspired by your ensemble’s current needs and desires, we will craft a playground for us all to create a new piece. Whether it’s an image, a current event or a fable, the ensemble will ask “What is theatre?” and “How can I expand as an artist?” during the residency. Due to tight development schedule, text will be minimal.

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ORIGINAL THEATRE PIECE (2 Acts)

PLAY DURATION: 2 Act, up to 110 minutes

RESIDENCY LENGTH: 2 year contract – Year 1: 5 weeks on campus development. Year 2: 6 weeks rehearsal/performance.

PARTICIPANTS: high school to grad school, 30 performers maximum

PRICE: $20,000 (travel and housing not included)

SYNOPSIS: Inspired by your ensemble’s current needs and desires, we will craft a playground for us all to create a new piece. Whether it’s an image, a current event or a fable, the ensemble will ask “What is theatre?” and “How can I expand as an artist?” during the residency. The 2 year commitment allows time for the ensemble to write original songs and scenes.

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TO THE BREACH

PLAY DURATION: 2 Acts, 110 minutes

RESIDENCY LENGTH: 6 weeks

PARTICIPANTS: high school to grad school, 24 performers maximum *See breakdown

PRICE: $10,000 (travel and housing not included)

SYNOPSIS: A bullied child looks for strength in Shakespeare’s Henry V. What will happen when toys become traitors and tennis balls turn to gun stones? A tight-knit ensemble of five perform over thirty characters in this roller coaster of a show.

*Casting breakdown: 5 on-stage performers, 5 puppet performers, 1 student stage manager, 1 student assistant director= 12 devisers per cast. 2 casts maximum to rotate performances

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THE STONE MONKEY

PLAY DURATION: 1 Act, 45-60 minutes

RESIDENCY LENGTH: 6 weeks

PARTICIPANTS: high school to grad school, 15 performers maximum

PRICE: $10,000 (travel and housing not included)

SYNOPSIS: Trained zoo monkeys plot their escape while performing six stories about China’s oldest folktale, The Monkey King. A delightful play geared towards young audiences exploring themes of community, freedom, and the many ways to lead.

 

CHECK OUT HOW WE PLAY. HERE ARE CLIPS AS WE CREATED “STONE MONKEY”.

 

Let’s create together. Drop us a line and let us know how we can help! 

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