Welcome to the Theatre Dictionary’s conversation about the term Devised Theatre.

On Devised Theatre’s official page, our friends at The TEAM defined the term in several different ways, asking theatre ensembles around New York City how they incorporate “devised theatre” into their own work. The answers varied, but there was a recurring theme that a play is “devised” when the ensemble members share tasks (acting, directing, playwriting, etc.)

Obviously, this is just the tip of the iceberg. What does devised theatre mean to you? You can use the comments section to

— suggest additional definitions

— tell us when you’ve seen devised theatre (or made it yourself)

— link to other sites or videos that seem devised theatre-appropriate

If you’d like to make a Devised Theatre video of your own, then we’d love to hear from you! Just email us through our contact page. Tell us about yourself and why you want to make a video. We’ll be in touch ASAP and give you details on how to add your video to the Theatre Dictionary!


Mark Blankenship, Theatre Dictionary editor