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Hurricane Gap Institute 2018

Friday, November 16, 2018 at 6:00 PM - Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 3:00 PM (EST)

Hurricane Gap Institute 2018

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The Hurricane Gap Institute is a three-day theater and story training in the heart of Central Appalachia.

Every year, more and more new, original theater is filling the hills and hollers of Eastern Kentucky. This theater movement is rooted in community story projects that have taken place throughout Appalachia and it has been building momentum for two decades. Theater is the medium which community members and theater artists are using to tell the stories of our region from yesterday and today. We tell these stories in order to create visions of the world tomorrow.

The Institute is the place where community members, artists, and other leaders to share their skills and projects, work through challenges, and strengthen the relationships that tie together Central Appalachia. Hurricane Gap also creates opportunities to train with artists who represent other theater approaches. cultural traditions, and regions of the world.

The Hurricane Gap Institute is presented by Handbarrow and Clear Creek Creative with support from Higher Ground.

Pay What You Can

The cost per person is $275. Thanks to sponsors and donors we are able to offer "pay what you can" registrations at $25, $50, and $100 in order to make the Institute affordable for all people. There is no request or approval process to register at one of the discounted pay what you can rates -- please select the rate that you can afford when you complete the Eventbrite registration process on this site.

We still need sponsors and donations for the 2018 Pay What You Can fund. If you or your employer is interested in sponsoring the cost for one or more people to participate, you can use this registration site to make a contribution or please contact Mark Kidd at


What is included?

Registration includes all meals from Friday dinner till Sunday lunch as well as all lodging costs. Lodging is dormitory style with two single beds and two people per room. Bathrooms are communal.


Where is the Institute held?

The 2018 Hurricane Gap Community Theater Institute will be held at the historic Pine Mountain Settlement School in Harlan County, Kentucky. The settlement school campus is a National Historic Landmark that includes over 800 acres of pristine natural environment as well as 26 historic buildings.



Some lodging is available for people with disabilities, families, or other needs upon request. Please be aware that the Hurricane Gap Institute takes place on a rural, mountainous campus. Some lodging involves uphill walking -- please let us know of your accessibility needs as soon as possible to ensure that you are registered for a room that best fits your requirements.

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Pine Mountain Settlement School
36 State Highway 510
Bledsoe, KY 40810

Friday, November 16, 2018 at 6:00 PM - Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 3:00 PM (EST)

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