Be alive in every moment. This is a performance.


The Headlong Performance Institute has grown into a supported residency for working artists at Headlong studios in South Philadelphia. Artists embark on a 14-week journey of creating individual practice and process for making and developing performance. The program focuses on methods of research for developing performance worlds and languages that are unique to each makers body, mind, and spirit. Individual processes are nurtured so that we can learn from each other’s insights and discoveries, and collaboration is nurtured so that a work can be larger than any one person while containing the multiplicity of the world.


September 4th - December 17th


Blaze your own path. Push and be pushed.
Break the rules. Invent new rules. Break those.

  • Finally I have the words to describe the kind of art I want to make, and language to guide my own creative process.
    — Mason Rosenthal, HPI class of 2011
  • Going to HPI is one of the best decisions I've ever made in my life. I learned there's no one right way to make art, there's no one right way to live a life, there's no one right way, there's just the way that works best for you, that lights you and others up.
    — Annie Wilson, HPI class of 2008
  • If you are questioning the state of theater or dance, redefining the words 'artist' and 'professional,' radicalizing the performance space, or want to expand your capacity to sustain your LIFE as an artist — you must challenge yourself to HPI.
    — Adam Kerbel, HPI class of 2011
  • Where does the influence of HPI training end?! ... They teach wonderful, productive, sharp and supportive ways of giving feedback and looking at work. That may be the most important influence on my life.
    — Chelsea Murphy, HPI class of 2012
  • Headlong proposes a courageously holistic alternative to burnout. They argue you can make a sustainable and livable life for yourself as an artist, and that the ultimate test of your dedication is not your destitution.
    — Magda San Millan, HPI class of 2012