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IB Theatre - Collaborative Project (last assessment 2023): Definitions

This guide provides resources for the Collaborative Project Internal Assessment for IB Theatre (last assessment 2023).


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Collaborative creation of original theatre 
Starting point

The videos on this page discuss the collaborative creation of theatre. Think about the definitions presented in the videos and the processes shown. What key features do these artists focus on?

Robert Lepage: MIT Student Workshop, Spring 2012
Engine28 - Theater Professionals on "Devised Theater"

Collaborative creation of original theatre

The collaborative creation of original theatre involves a group of theatre makers (creators, designers, directors and performers) who work together practically to examine and develop ideas in order to generate theatrical material that is then structured and organized into a piece of theatre. 

Three Bugs Fringe Theatre company performs Ophelia drowning in hotel swimming pool -- Britannica ImageQuestThe piece of theatre is rehearsed and presented to an audience.

There are three parts to this process, although these are sometimes run concurrently.

  • Creating, generating and developing theatrical material
  • Organizing and structuring the material into a piece of theatre
  • Preparing (production and performance), rehearsing and presenting the piece for an audience 

The piece of theatre that has been created is not necessarily scripted in traditional forms. 

Unlike play text–based theatre written by a playwright(s), collaboratively created theatre is often developed by the performance and production team that also stage it and present it. 

The collaborative creation of original theatre is also often referred to as devising.

Starting point

The starting point provides the inspiration for the collaborative creation of the piece of theatre. It gives a focus to the initial stages of practical exploration. 

Z Theatre Company performs 'Said Alice' at Edinburgh Fringe Festival - Britannica ImageQuestThe starting point must be one of the following.

  • Event
  • Idea, issue, question or theme
  • Image or photograph
  • Non-dramatic text
  • Object
  • Person
  • Piece of music
  • Site
  • Street art, graphic novel or comic strip

As theatrical material is drawn out from the starting point and developed, the focus and subject matter of the piece will become clearer to the ensemble and they will discover the areas of interest that yield the most material and enthusiasm as well as address the emerging intentions of the ensemble. As a result of this development, the subject matter of the final piece, which has originated from the starting point, may move away from the starting point considerably. It is important for students to track the evolution of the subject from starting point to final production.

Robert Lepage: MIT Student Workshop, Spring 2012

Engine28 - Theater Professionals on "Devised Theater"


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