Devising Jam

Tuesday, February 20th through Saturday, February 24th 2024

10am-6pm daily

Project Y’s Devising Jam: a devised theater incubation lab.

This 5 day laboratory is an opportunity for artists seeking to explore, collaborate, and cross-pollinate on devised work they wish to bring to life. Curated and created by Sheila Bandyopadhyay, The Devising Jam is a dynamic workshop that brings together three lead artists with a team of up to five additional actor/creators who will play as collaborators on all 3 projects. A structured workshop, each lead artist will be offered the same amount of time to lead the room and work with the entire ensemble to explore their ideas and vision. The Devising Jam will cultimate with an invited sharing of the works in progress on the final day. As the Devising Jam is visioned as a starting point for more fully developed work, those pieces developed in the Jam will have a space to perform during Project Y's Women in Theatre Festival in June. All lead artists and actor/creators participate in the entirety of the Lab.

How to Apply:

  • Lead Artists: If you're a visionary artist with a theater project in mind, we invite you to submit an application composed of your headshot, resume, and a 500-word summary of the work you wish to develop. 
  • Performing Collaborators: Submit your headshot, resume, and a concise 250-word statement of interest. 
  • Women and Women of Color are encouraged to apply. We believe in the power of diverse voices and experiences to enrich our artistic endeavors.
  • Applicants may apply for both lead artist and performing collaborator roles if they wish.

Send all your materials as 1 PDF to 

Accepting applications now through January 1st.

Sheila Bandyopadhyay is a Brooklyn rooted theater artist and Director of Training at Shakespeare & Company’s Center for Actor Training in Lenox, Massachusetts. Sheila’s career spans acting, directing, movement coaching, choreography, teaching and devising original theater. As a theatre maker, Sheila is committed to non-traditional performance that is physical, music-driven, and inclusive. Most recently, she played Puck/Starveling at Shakespeare & Company’s 2023 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In New York, Sheila has directed shows at the Brick, the United Solo Festival (Theater Row), the Tank, the West End Theater, and the 72nd St Theater Lab. For eight years Sheila served as Head of the Movement Department at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Manhattan where she regularly directed and coached productions in the 2nd year of training and for the Academy Company. In 2021-22, Sheila was Head of the Professional Training Program and Core Movement Faculty at Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theater. An AmSAT certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, Sheila is intrigued by and actively investigating the overlap between physical training, creativity, mindful movement and Eastern meditation practices. Sheila is a proud member of the Humanist Project and a sponsored artist with Leviathan Lab. IG: @sheilabnyc