The KCACTF focus on Devised Performance gives space, voice, recognition and credibility to processes and productions which are created outside the text-based traditions, and which utilize the non-traditional, non-linear, multi-disciplinary and collective tools of devising. As we develop our craft new perspectives and processes of creating good performance emerge. It is necessary for the health and life of performance to acknowledge and embrace non-traditional ways of perceiving and creating. Gregg Henry, the Artistic Director of the National KCACTF organization, has spear-headed this initiative, along with Rich Brown, to acknowledge and incorporate Devised Performance programming into the regional festival activities. 

What is Devising?

Devising is a 21st century term for the act of creating performance that moves away from traditional text-centered approaches and toward transdisciplinary performance explorations. A devised work is an original, newly constructed piece of theatre art that can begin with an idea, a concept, or an impulse. Tools for creating a devised work are unlimited, and can be adapted from many disciplines including circus, physical theatre, fine art, music, dance, architecture, science, etcetera. Meanings are found in a multiplex system of textual, kinesthetic, sonic, visual, and visceral sensory input. Devising is a continually morphing way of working that requires a team of participants who contribute lived experience and artistry to the processes of creating the completed project.

bree valle
Devised Performance Coordinator


KCACTF National Devised Theatre Project


Calling All Devisers! Come Create With Us!

The Devised Theatre Initiative in Region 8 welcomes ALL students interested in exploring collaborative creation. Whether you are an experienced deviser or just learning about this process-oriented way of working, we have an exciting opportunity for you!


Eight students may join the Devised Theatre Ensemble (DTE) formed at festival. Together with guest artist, Pratik Motwani, and students from around the region, the ensemble will create an original piece which will be performed at our virtual showcase Friday.

To join the DTE, please email bvalle@cuesta.edu

Students will be admitted on a first-come-first-served basis. 



Place I Remember is No Longer There

Logistics/Parameters (does not apply for 2022)

Companies may submit a recorded version of their work. The company is responsible for submitting a link to the regional coordinator for the respondents to access their work before 5pm, Pacific Standard Time (PST) on February 5, 2021.

Companies should adhere to the 2021 Devising Health & Safety Protocols & Guidelines


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


    Additional Information (does not apply for 2022)

    Each showing will be given a short response from regional faculty. 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.

    Deadline for completion of the Intent to Participate Form is February 1 

    Schools may enter multiple groups for the devising project.

    To participate in Region 8, send intent to participate email to bree valle at bvalle@cuesta.edu by February 1, 2021