Instructors: Amrita Dhaliwal & Gemma Soldati

Pre-requisite: Some previous performance experience is encouraged. This class is good for all types of performers.

An introduction to the basic principles of The Idiot. The foundation of The Idiot begins with the establishment of a relationship with the audience. Without an audience, The Idiot does not exist. Performers in The Idiot Workshop learn to be present and playful allowing them to improvise organically without having to follow improv rules or formulas. Range is developed through a strong commitment to choice, self, and partner. Performers are encouraged to play from their unique comedy core and to discover the potential for game in every moment. Performers are introduced to physical performance engaging the entire body.


“Gemma is a genius. I like the way she deals with each student to help with individual needs and challenges.” 

“I am blown away at how perceptive, insightful, and generous Amrita has been with every class, every student.” 

“The most profound acting class I have ever taken. It strips away the bullshit and leaves you standing up there with your soul on your sleeve.”   

"You will learn kinesthetic awareness, primal intelligence. How do fishes, flocks of birds move together? That’s what we’re doing here." 

Pig Iron Intensive


Dhali Dati and Pig Iron School present: Los Angeles Pig Iron Workshop_3 Day Devising Intensive


Founded in 1995 as an interdisciplinary ensemble, Pig Iron Theatre Company is dedicated to the creation of new and exuberant performance works that defy easy categorization.

Pig Iron School is a physical theatre school rooted in Lecoq pedagogy and ensemble theatre practice. It is a space for rigorous experimentation, playful theatre-making, and long-lasting collaboration. The school offers MFA and certificate programs in Devised Performance through a partnership with the University of the Arts, as well as workshops, residencies, and other training opportunities.

Pig Iron School is run alongside Pig Iron Theatre Company, one of the foremost ensemble-devising theatre companies in the country.

"We seek to re-draw the lines of artistic ownership in theater and overturn the traditional norms and power structures embodied by the current regional theater model."

The class will be taught by Matthew Armstead and Emmanuelle Delpech.


The class is open to 20 students.

Regular rate $350 / Early bird rate $295
- Regular rate: registration and full payment due by Oct 10th
- Early bird rate: to guarantee this price register and pay in full by Aug 10th

After filling out this google form (, you will receive a request for a non-refundable $100 deposit that will be required to reserve your spot. This will go towards the cost of the class. Full payment is due by Oct 10th (unless you are doing the early bird pricing, then it is due Aug 15th).

Fri Oct 18th : 6pm - 9pm
Sa Oct 19th : 10am - 4pm
Su Oct 20th : 10am - 4pm

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