Performance Intensive is an eight-day pilot program that offers emerging artists the opportunity to interrogate the heterogenous medium of performance in a rigorous and collaborative environment.

Performance Intensive includes three primary components:

  • Lectures/performances by visiting artists and scholars
  • Collective workshops/classes
  • Individual and collaboration work and critique

This experimental laboratory/workshop is free of charge for fourteen participating artists. Sharon Hayes, Associate Professor in Fine Arts and Brooke O’Harra, Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing and Theatre Arts, SAS, University of Pennsylvania, organize and facilitate the 8-day event. Three visiting artists, Wilmer Wilson IV, taisha paggett, Jibz Cameron,  and visiting scholar,  Tavia Nyong’o, participate through a combination of public performances, public lectures and workshops for the group of participants. These visitors offer diverse perspectives on the field of performance and its attendant conceptual and formal urgencies.

Performance Intensive  is free of charge for all participants.

Following is a sample day:

10am – 12pm         Workshop  by Sharon Hayes and/or Brooke O’Harra
12 – 1pm               Lunch
1 – 3pm                 Workshop by Visiting Artist/Scholar
3:30 – 6pm             Projects/Propositions
6 – 7pm                  Dinner
7 – 10pm                Public performance/talk


The intensive will run from Sunday, January 5th to Sunday, January 12th 2020. Participants are expected to arrive by 6pm and to depart the following Sunday by 6pm.


Housing will be covered for non-local participants.
Travel to and within Philadelphia will not be covered.