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. HPI trains 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, students join a creative community of artist-citizens engaged with making new work and asking the intellectual, aesthetic, and social questions of live performance.
HPI alumni include Camilla Dely, Chelsea & Magda, Alex Romania, Annie Wilson, among many other performance and thought leaders. The program includes "Life of the Artist" workshops guiding a new generation of experimental, socially engaged performers to build a sustainable, balanced life as a working artist.
Faculty includes David Brick, Nichole Canuso, Aaron Cromie, Emmanuelle Delpech, Mark Lord, Amy Smith, 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 students must submit a full application, which includes a work sample. Selected applicants are then invited to an in-person interview or, if 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.