Texas Tech University

TTU students sitting around a circle discussing

School of Theatre & Dance
Signature Experiences
The Marfa Intensive

The Marfa Intensive

The Marfa Intensive is an immersive learning experience that asks students to explore the elements of devised theatre using laboratory, experiential practices.

The Marfa Intensive offers students the opportunity to concentrate on devised theatre. By its very nature, devised theatre involves almost all of our theatre practitioners, especially designers, actors, directors, playwrights and dramaturgs, in the act of creating new and ensemble-built work that does not depend on a previously written text. It asks students to collaborate in the act of creating a show, from idea to production, and encourages participants to broaden their skill sets.

The Intensive begins with planning and imagining/creating, as the eleven days proceed, the time spent will transition to at least partially executing their ideas, so process will meet product, at least in some form.

The Marfa Intensive will not only keep TTU students cognizant of best and current practices, but also teach skills of collaborating, communicating, exploring intention, discovering subtext, and furthering the relationship between environment and art.

The Marfa Intensive fosters an educational environment that allows students to learn how environment affects and creates performance; inspires and sharpens collaboration through daily work in all fields of theatre; and obtain a working knowledge of best practices in devising, especially concentrating on design, acting, directing, and playwriting.


Application details are announced each spring.