Headlong Performance Institute

HEADLONG PERFORMANCE INSTITUTE (HPI) is an intensive semester in contemporary, collaborative performance, founded and taught by working artists including the artistic directors of Headlong Dance Theater. We train dance and theater artists by creating, performing, and seeing work (including a full schedule of performances in the Fringe Arts Festival) in the heart of Philadelphia's vibrant and internationally-known performance scene.

As a part of HPI you will join a creative community of artist citizens engaged with making new work and asking the intellectual, aesthetic, and social questions of live performance.

Kill pretty. Find beautiful.

HPI alumni include Camilla Dely, Chelsea & Magda, Alex Romania, Annie Wilson, among many other performance and thought leaders. The program includes our "Life of the Artist" workshops guiding a new generation of experimental, socially engaged performers to build a sustainable, balanced life as a working artist.

Our faculty includes: Amy Smith, David Brick, Mark Lord, Nichole Canuso, Aaron Cromie, Emmanuelle Delpech, and guest artists Ishmael Houston Jones, and Eiko Otake, among others.


HPI occurs only in the fall each year, however interested students are welcome to apply at any time throughout the year.

To be considered for this program you must submit a full application, which includes a work sample. Selected applicants are then invited to an in-person interview or, if you are outside of the Philadelphia area, a phone interview.

Students accepted to Headlong Performance Institute receive a full semester of 300-level classes: L350 Colloquium in Performance Creation, L360 Composition for Performance, L370 Advanced Performance Techniques, L380 Performance History, Theory, and Critique.

Train. Create. Blaze your own path.

The application and requirements can be found here. Contact us at info@headlong.org with questions or for more information.