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Opportunities: Open Call – BAX 2016-17 Artist In Residence (NYC Only)

Opportunities: Open Call – BAX 2016-17 Artist In Residence (NYC Only)

DUE DATE: Friday March 4, 2016 at 5:00pm
Proposals will be considered in DANCE and EXPERIMENTAL THEATER/PERFORMANCE.

Apply: Online

Two – Four awards will be made to for the July 2016 -June 2017 residency period.

Artists living in all five NYC boroughs are eligible to apply.

***New this year-Previous Artists in Residence who have completed their residencies at least five years prior (June 2011 or before) to June 2016 may apply. Please contact Executive Director, Marya Warshaw, prior to submitting your application as there will be additional information required.


BAX is asking artists to submit a LETTER OF INTENT to be selected to submit a full proposal.

If you are selected to submit a full proposal, the due date will be April 4, 2016 (NOTE THAT THIS IS A QUICK TURN AROUND, PLEASE BE PREPARED TO SUBMIT YOUR MATERIALS)

Full proposals will include work samples. Finalists will be notified by April 22, 2016 and invited to interviews will take place week of April 25, 2016. Final notification will be on or before May 9, 2016. There is a REQUIRED Meet & Greet/Orientation for returning and incoming AIR’s and Space Grant Awardees on Wednesday, June 15 2016 from 7-8:30pm

Selected artists are provided with a base for development over a one year period (with a possible extension of another full year). BAX will consider original work only, not the re-staging of existing work, and BAX is deeply invested in developing original voices and work that explores new ground.

The residency includes premiere or work in progress performance of work created at BAX.


BAX is a multi-faceted performing arts center, recognized citywide and nationally for its dedication to supporting the development of emerging artists and providing a home for groundbreaking dance and theatre. BAX’s programs, such as its artist residencies, are constructed to offer all the support necessary to allow for the in-depth investigation of artistic voice and intent. Over the twenty two years in which BAX has developed and refined its work with performing artists, the organization has garnered a strong reputation among artists as a place where they can take risks, succeed or fail, and have their work produced in a nurturing environment that promotes learning and growth. In addition to its artist residency programs, BAX offers a wide range of services, including an annual presenting season, on-site educational programs in theater and dance for youth age 3-18, and in-school education programs at five Brooklyn public schools.

The BAX AIR program, more than any other residency I’ve encountered, is deeply humane.  It acknowledges me as a human being making art.  It addresses every aspect of my profession, from the logistics of a production to the emotional toll of the industry.  Through this residency, I can make sense out of a chaotic business, and when I leave it, I already know I will be more capable of holding my own as an artist and as a professional. — Dan Fishback AIR 2010-2012 & current Doris Duke Resident Artist


The residency best suits an artist in the process of discovery, transition and/or is in a transformative stage of development. It is essential that the AIR be self-directed and be willing to engage in a dialogue with BAX.  While there are many services BAX is able to provide, no residency can meet all the needs of an artist. Hence, BAX will do its best to direct and advise artists in the search for additional support and services throughout this residency. Artists are chosen through application, work sample and interview. BAX supports choreographers, playwrights and performance artists. The residency supports research and conception, readings, showings and workshops, rehearsals and production. There are six participating artists each season who receive up to two years of uninterrupted artistic, technical and administrative support as well as 300 hours of rehearsal space. ** They are also provided with a $3,000 yearly stipend, and the use of BAX as a fiscal conduit for fundraising purposes. Artists may apply for additional funding using this designation.

The residency year runs from July 1 – June 30. In November and February artists participate in Open Studio showings to friends, colleagues and the public and include post showing conversations. AIR are required to attend each other’s Open Studio showings. AIR’s present in their own full weekend in Spring 2017. These performances are fully produced which means they are of no cost to the artists who are provided with a fee, lighting/sound designers and board operators, both front and back of house staff, all publicity and marketing and outreach support to develop new audiences. AIR meet approximately every six weeks throughout the year for three hour meetings. They share their success and challenges. BAX is a place for artists to engage in “real talk” as opposed to “getting the gig”, to speak honestly about their struggles and by doing so achieve artistic maturity. Once the work has been produced BAX often assists resident artists to seek a broader audience to establish relationships with other producers and funders.

BAX has provided an artistic home for new theatrical ideas and experimental artists whose themes or ways of working might not have found an alternative home base. Some of the individuals and groups who have benefited from residencies at BAX include: Faye Driscoll, Levi Gonzalez, Paloma McGregor, Nia Love, Erin Markey, luciana achugar, Dan Fishback, Young Jean Lee, and Katy Pyle. To become more familiar with our programming you can also visit BAX at

Selected artists will have the opportunity to establish an artistic home. This home includes:


  • Building a dynamic relationship with both the Executive Director/Artistic Director and other key staff members that includes work/livelihood issues, goal setting, accessing resources, to name a few.
  • Being a participatory member of a peer group
  • Technical support for presenting and long-range planning for your projects at BAX and beyond.
  • The residency includes 300 hours of free rehearsal space in any of our four studios (note, there is limited availability of rehearsal space in July/August. AIRs receive priority booking of space, September—June.)
  • REQUIRED: Open Studio showings in November 2016 and February 2017.
  • REQUIRED: A full production of residency work between April – June 2017 (usually 2-3 evenings)
  • An opportunity to curate in year two.
  • Stipend of $3000
  • Please note that due to audience development considerations BAX requests that the work you develop not be presented elsewhere in the NYC area for two months before or after your BAX performances. Exceptions to this can only be made in consultation with the Executive Director. Artist cannot apply if they currently have (or will have concurrently) other residencies in NYC. Work developed may not have a commitment to premiere in another venue during the residency period.
  • An opportunity to apply for a second year of residency

Letter of Intent can only be submitted online no later than Friday March 4, 2016 at 5:00pm. No exceptions. You will be notified by March 14, 2016.

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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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