Hurricane Gap Institute

Hurricane Gap Community Theater Institute

November 17-19, 2017
Pine Mountain Settlement School
Bledsoe, Kentucky

The Hurricane Gap Institute is a three-day conference of skill share workshops and master classes on topics including:

  • Play development
  • Actor training
  • Devising
  • Critical Response
  • Dramaturgy
  • Clowning

All participants will also have the opportunity to present 5-7 minutes of their own work.

Hurricane Gap strives to be accessible in all senses of the word, but also be aware that the Pine Mountain Settlement School is a century-old rural campus. Please contact Alexia Ault at with dietary, physical accessibility, and other accessibility requests.


  • $50 local commuter rate includes all meals
  • $100 full rate includes two-night dorm lodging and all meals


Visit the Hurricane Gap Institute 2 listing on eventbrite to reserve a place or to make a contribution to the Hurricane Gap travel scholarship fund.

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Hosted by Handbarrow, Higher Ground, and Clear Creek Creative

Why have a regional, community-based theater institute in eastern Kentucky?
An informal regional theater movement has been building in eastern Kentucky, creating new theater that articulates our cultures, creativity, hopes, and challenges. This movement has been led at the grassroots by community members and practitioners of non-profit, educational theater, theater for development, and community-based performance. The Hurricane Gap Institute began in 2016 specifically to serve this community of artists, educators, and community leaders.

What is the format of the Hurricane Gap Institute?
In 2017 we expect approximately 30 participants to come together at the Pine Mountain Settlement School in Harlan County, Kentucky. The 2017 HGI will be smaller than the 2016 HGI. This new format allows the institute to be  programmed in order to address specific opportunities and challenges faced by the participants their creative work.