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. Over the course of its lifespan, Pig Iron has created more than two dozen original works and has toured to festivals and venues across the US, Europe, and Asia. Pig Iron trains the next generation of daring physical theater artists through the Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training.
As Pig Iron Theatre Company prepared to graduate the first class of its School for Advanced Performance Training (APT), its artistic leadership developed evaluation methods and procedures to assess the school's effectiveness in preparing alumni for professional careers. Beyond their performance studies, APT students learn how to develop audiences and how to market and finance their work. A long-term, substantive evaluation process allows Pig Iron to determine successes in this area, to establish ongoing relationships with alumni, and to enhance industry responses to APT-trained performers. Surveys and feedback have been integrated into the APT program and Pig Iron implemented changes based on these results, such as increased studio access and longer classes.[fn]Management grants, through the Philadelphia Cultural Management Initiative, were awarded from 2009 through 2013.[/fn]