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Apply Today: EMERGENCY 2017

Apply Today: EMERGENCY 2017

Deadline to Apply: February 6, 2017 at 5 pm EST
EmergeNYC 2017 Application Form (58.86 KB)
EmergeNYC 2017 Application Guidelines (60.78 KB)

Who Is Eligible
EMERGENYC is open to activists/artists/performers who live in (or can easily commute to) New York City during the program. Applicants must have prior experience in various performance genres and/or activist practices. Ages vary from year to year, ranging from 18 to mid-thirties, but on average most participants in the program tend to be in their mid to upper 20s. Workshops are conducted in English.

How to Apply
Please send the following materials to

1) Completed application form
You must fill out and send the application in full—please see the document download for details.
icon EmergeNYC 2017 Application Form (58.86 KB)
2) A biographical statement (maximum 500 words)This short statement tells us about who you are, where you are from, your performance background and your current projects.
3) A statement of purpose (maximum 750 words)
This describes the reasons you want to participate in EMERGENYC. Please also describe the specific issues you would want to address through the program and any preliminary ideas about the communities where you would ground this work.
4) Your resume or CV
5) 2 work samples (See Application Form for details)
6) 2 letters of recommendation, which your recommenders must send directly to
7) OPTIONAL:A paragraph explaining your request for financial aid to cover the $1000 tuition

Be as detailed as possible to help us understand the circumstances of your need.

Conflicts and attendance
Any conflicts applicants have with the EMERGENYC schedule (see below for general outline, and the Schedule of Events for exact dates) should be made explicit in their application. Please note: Accepted participants with more than two absences, whether excused or not, may not be guaranteed a slot in the workshop performance at La MaMa on June 26th.

The program will be divided into three phases:

Phase 1: every Saturday 10am-2pm from April 8th to May 13th
Participants work closely with George Emilio Sánchez in developing performance and activist strategies, such as Boalian techniques, performance art and site-specific interventions. (*Please note that Saturday April 18th’s session will be held on Sunday April 19th instead).

Phase 2: intensive daily sessions (10am-5pm) from May 15th-May 21st
Participants work closely with leading practitioners, and explore specific tactics for work in the field

Phase 3: Saturdays May 27th – July 8th
Participants refine their work for a final presentation, building on the strategies explored through the workshops.

Performance presentations (evening of Monday, June 26th)
Participants will share their strategies, performances, and experiences in a public forum.

Wheelchair accessibility

The workshop studios at 721 Broadway and at 20 Cooper Square, where weekly sessions and the intensive week will be held, are wheelchair accessible. The venue for the performance presentations on June 27th (the Club at La MaMa), is NOT wheelchair accessible. Accommodations will be made for the final projects of participants unable to access the space.

Application Timeline
Finalists will come in for interviews the weeks of February 20th and February 27th
Selected participants will be notified by March 6th
Registration payment will be due March 15th
And program activities will begin on Saturday, April 8th

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