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.  

2020 Directing Institute

Virtual Weekend

In November, we hosted a weekend of conversations, master classes, conversations, ensemble building, and more. All public events were live-streamed in collaboration with Howlround Theatre Commons!

2019 National Institute for Directing and Ensemble Creation

Video by Mindtwist Studios


First Peoples First

Article by:

Carolyn Dunn


Article by:

Ashley Minner, Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina

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BUILDING a Directing & Ensemble Creation INSTITUTE

Article by:

Nobuko Miyamoto

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Observations on the Directing & Ensemble Creation Institute Pilot Convening

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Ed Bourgeois

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Reflections on the 2012 Pilot Institute for Directing & Ensemble Creation

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Sharon Bridgforth

“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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