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Opportunities: 2015 Watermill Center International Summer Program Application is Open

Opportunities: 2015 Watermill Center International Summer Program Application is Open

The 2015 Watermill Center International Summer Program Application Guidelines
Deadline Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 5pm EST

Program Dates
The Watermill Center 2015 International Summer Program will run from July 13 to August 16, 2015.

For the past 20 years, the Watermill Center has hosted an International Summer Program led by Artistic Director Robert Wilson. Each July and August, approximately 80 artists from over 30 countries gather at Watermill’s Long Island, NY eight-acre site. Participants spend up to five weeks in an intense collaborative creative environment. The Summer Program provides a unique opportunity to observe the development and performance methodologies of Robert Wilson and his collaborators; to work with established professionals in the international performing arts world; to forge relationships with artists from a broad range of experience levels and disciplines; to develop networks of US and international professional contacts; and to investigate what it means to be a “global artist.”

Summer Program participants receive access to an extensive collection of resources central to the Watermill experience: daily meetings with Robert Wilson; lectures on subjects including theater and opera innovation, installation, design, and science led by international cultural luminaries, established artists and scientists; opportunities to propose and develop new work for public presentation during the annual Watermill Summer Benefit and Discover Watermill Day; 20,000 square feet of rehearsal/design spaces and outdoor stages; a theater production archive; an extensive physical and digital library; the Watermill Art Collection; and the Center’s landscaped grounds. Additionally, participants have an opportunity to audition for Robert Wilson’s summer staging rehearsals and to take part in workshops with his collaborators.


Application Requirements

Admission to the program is by selection only. The Watermill Center uses Slideroom to gather applications and work samples for its International Summer Program. All material must be submitted via the online portal through Slideroom – there are no exceptions.

The application for the 2015 International Summer Program is at:

The online application portal will lead you through the various required questions, attachments, and media uploads (work samples). There is a $10 USD fee per proposal which covers the cost of the application portal. Payment is accepted on the Slideroom website. If you are unable to make this payment for any reason, please notify us to explain the issue.

Applications are due March 4, 2015 by 5pm EST.

Specific application instructions are available step-by-step on the Slideroom application portal.

The sections include:

  • Personal Information
  • QualificationsInterests, and Letter of Motivation
  • Special Opportunities – a chance to express interest in additional participation opportunities.
  • References: 2 references are required – the panel will contact references if they need additional information (letters are NOT required, only contact information at this time)
  • Attachment: Resume / CV
  • Media uploads: images, videos, pdfs, and audio files can be uploaded or linked to.  Specific instructions and requirements are found in the MEDIA section of the Slideroom application portal

All technical questions or issues pertaining to work sample uploads, payment issues, or login problems should be directed to Any other questions regarding the program may be addressed to

If you have work samples that are not electronic that you would like to include, please write to determine if the items are appropriate for the application process.

Application Notification

You can expect to hear from the committee by mid-May via email. We know that everyone is eager to make plans, so please know that we do our best to review materials in a timely fashion. Applicants may be contacted for additional information after they have submitted their application. If you have any further questions that are not explained in the application materials, please contact

Frequently Asked Questions, 2015

If you are looking for answers to help you complete the application to the 2015 International Summer Program please take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions. If you don’t find your answer there, feel free to write to us and we will be happy to help.

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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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