National Institute for Directing & Ensemble Creation

Pangea World Theater and Art2Action collaborate to bring you The National Institute for Directing and Ensemble Creation! This groundbreaking Institute provides a unique experience for theatre artists to collaborate and share methodologies of directing and ensemble creation in an environment with special emphasis on non-Western techniques and social justice.


The Institute is committed to supporting the professional development and exchange among artists of color, LGBTQ2+ and women directors.  

Updates on a virtual 2020 Directing Institute coming soon! 

2019 Directing Institute 

July 11-22, 2019

The 2019 Directing Institute builds on and draws from previous Professional Peer Exchanges, Indigenous Artist Gatherings, and the Next Generation Institute, held in 2012-18.  It includes Master Artists from around the U.S. and across the world, including First Nations Artists of Turtle Island, and their invited mentees — emerging artists of any age, from those just graduating from academic programs, to working professionals who are emerging in a new area of practice, as Directors.

Read about our community sharing events and panels here!

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For archival purposes, note-taking is critical to telling the story of our Institute. Join the documentation team for this year's Directing Institute, and help us create a lasting impact. 

It's also a great opportunity to be in the room during incredible workshops and conversations!

See what leaders in the field are saying!

“An extraordinary resource for directors to develop their craft and find solidarity with a community of peers and mentors.”

Dan Kwong

Great Leap

“It further informed and deepened my  directorial practice and commitment more than any other program could possibly do.”

Kamilah Forbes

Hip Hop Theatre Festival

“The Institute has the potential to coalesce this spirit and commitment into a powerful tool to educate ourselves, the next generation of unique theater makers and directors, and an infinite number of other fields and disciplines.”

Theresa Chavez

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The National Institute for Directing & Ensemble Creation is organized by Art2Action Inc. and Pangea World Theater, developed in partnership with Alternate ROOTS, CAATA, First Peoples Fund, NALAC, NPN, NEFA, NET and TCG. The 2017-18 Institute series is made possible by the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Surdna Foundation, and the First People’s Fund; with previous support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, McKnight Foundation, Nathan Cummings Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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