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Opportunities: Mabou Mines/Suite Resident Artist Program (New York)

Opportunities: Mabou Mines/Suite Resident Artist Program (New York)
Mabou Mines/Suite, established in 1991, is the company’s resident artist program, a laboratory for experiments with performance ideas developed with the particular needs of emerging artists in mind. Once emerging artists ourselves, we understand the formidable pressures upon early career artists and how difficult it is to find a non-academic setting in which to explore new ideas, We believe that process-focused development is the best way to create original work and that the opportunity to work this way can prove crucial to an artist’s career. Mabou Mines’ artistic directors see it as our privilege and responsibility to guide new artists along the path we have found so rewarding.

Mabou Mines/Suite is open to small companies and individual artists in all fields – playwrights, directors, performers, poets, dancers, acrobats, dramaturgs, composers, painters, sculptors, photographers, singers, choreographers, film & video artists, digital & computer artists – anyone with compelling performance ideas in need of investigation.

In the past, all resident artists have received mentoring, rehearsal space and a stipend. A public showing of the work is presented at the conclusion of the residency.

This program is only open to emerging artists living in the 5 boroughs of NYC or Minnesota.
The program is not open to students.

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Appointed Artists attend monthly meetings with mentors and other Resident Artists during which they show aspects of the work in progress, receive feedback from one or more of Mabou Mines’ co-artistic directors and pursue ideas for the work going forward.

Appointed Artists have 24/7 access to rehearsal space by arrangement with Mabou Mines and in cooperation with the other Resident Artists.  Artists also enjoy reasonable use of Mabou Mines’ stage equipment in consultation with the program’s technical advisor.  Appointed artists also enjoy limited but very knowledgeable assistance in locating other residencies and sources of funding to further their work, along with significant administrative and technical support.

At the close of the residency, appointed Artists must offer at least one free public showing of the work created during the Residency in whatever form the Artist thinks most beneficial.

For consideration for the 2013-14 season, the following information may either be emailed to: (please send everything in pdf format) or mailed to Mabou Mines’ office postmarked no later than October 16, 2013:

  • Resume describing previous work.
  • Proposal for work to be done during the residency, including ideas the artist intends to investigate and specifics as to what artist plans to accomplish: completed script, staged reading, performance, etc.

After the company reviews all resumes and proposals, applicants will be notified whether they may proceed to Phase II of the application.

If selected as a finalist, applicant will be asked to submit the additional materials described below. All must be mailed to Mabou Mines’ office postmarked no later than November 25, 2013.
  • Work sample (DVD, VHS, CD, script excerpt, writing sample, photos, drawings, etc.).
  • Name and phone number or email address of two (2) people with professional working knowledge of the applicant and his or her work.
Mabou Mines’ co-artistic directors will review the additional materials. Up to 10 projects will be selected. Notices of appointment to the Suite will be on or before December 16, 2013.

Upon receipt of notification, appointed artist must send written confirmation stating that artist can and will meet the terms and requirements of the residency.  This confirmation letter must be mailed to Mabou Mines’ office by December 30, 2013.  In the event that an artist does not respond or is unable to participate, the appointment will be offered to another artist.

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Caden Manson is Editor In Chief and Curator of Contemporary Performance Network and co-founder and artistic director of Big Art Group, a New York City performance company founded in 1999.
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