2018-19 Artist In Residence Application (Part 1)

APPLICATION DUE: Friday March 9, 2018 at 11:59pm

Applicants will be notified by Friday, April 6, 2018 if a full proposal is requested.


2018-19 ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE (AIR) proposals will be considered in DANCE and EXPERIMENTAL THEATER/PERFORMANCE.  Two – Four awards will be offered for the July 2018 -June 2019 residency period.

  • For artists living in all five NYC boroughs are eligible to apply.
  • Former BAX Artist in Residence who have completed their residency in 2012-13 or earlier are eligible to apply. Please contact Executive Director, Marya Warshaw prior to submitting your application, as there will be additional information required.
  • Applicants MAY NOT APPLY to the 2018-19 Fall, Summer, or Parent Artist Space Grant Program

To apply, click SUBMIT at the bottom of this page.


  • The residency includes premiere or work in progress performance of work created at BAX.
  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend one of two information sessions:
  • We are asking artists to complete PART ONE in order to be invited to submit PART TWO: Full Proposal. If you are selected to submit a full proposal, the due date will be Friday, April 13, 2018 (NOTE THAT THIS IS A QUICK TURN AROUND, PLEASE BE PREPARED TO SUBMIT YOUR MATERIALS). Full proposals will require you to submit work samples.
  • Finalists will be notified by Tuesday, May 8, 2018. In person interviews will take place Monday, May 14th – Tuesday, May 15th. Final notification will be on or before Friday May 11, 2018.
  • There is a REQUIRED Meet & Greet/Orientation for returning and incoming AIRs and Space Grant Awardees on Monday June 11 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
  • Selected artists are provided with a base for development over a one year period (with a possible extension for another full year). BAX will consider original work only, not the re-staging of existing work, and we are deeply invested in developing original voices and work that explores new ground.

The BAX residency has granted me the creative time to research my work within a deeply nurturing support structure. This component of BAX AIR in invaluable because not only do I take away a volume of artistic growth, I also take with me lasting relationships and bonds.  
Mariana Valencia (BAX AIR 2016-18)

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 encourage in-depth investigation of artistic voice and intent. For over the twenty-five years BAX has developed and refined its work with performing artists. The organization has garnered a strong reputation as a place where artists can take risks, succeed, fail, or 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 seven Brooklyn public schools.

BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange, an organization with a core commitment to social justice, welcomes students, families, faculty and artists. In keeping with BAX’s mission to encourage artistic risk-taking and stimulate dialogue among diverse constituencies we intentionally and purposefully support the voices of under-represented individuals and groups of all origins, ages, abilities, races, sexual orientations, genders, and varied immigration status. All our constituents join an organization whose staff and Board are actively engaged in challenging the manifestations of whiteness, able-bodiedness and privilege as part of our ongoing anti-racist efforts and our other anti-oppression, pro-inclusion work.

BAX has a proud history and commitment to developing cohorts that are reflective of our mission and core commitments. In our curation and residencies, we take into account our field’s history of racism and discrimination, and take active steps to undo the effects of that history. We believe that this commitment enriches the AIR experience for all members and audiences.


The residency supports choreographers, playwrights and performance artists with 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. Each Artist in Residence is 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. BAX also assists resident artists in seeking a broader audience to establish relationships with other producers and funders.

The residency year runs from July 1 – June 30. In November and February artists participate in required Open Studio showings that include post showing conversations. AIRs also present in their own full weekend in Spring 2019.  These performances are fully produced which means they are of no cost to the artists who are provided with lighting/sound designers and board operators, front and back of house staff, publicity and marketing, and outreach support to develop new audiences. AIR meet approximately every six weeks throughout the year for three-hour meetings. These meetings are designed to share successes and challenges; a place for artists to engage in “real talk” as opposed to “getting the gig”, and speak honestly about their individual and collective struggles. AIR meetings allow the cohort to develop a deeper understanding of the context  they create in and their own artistic maturity.

BAX’s AIR program 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.

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, Aurin Squire, Paloma McGregor, Ni’Ja Whitson, Mariana Valencia, Erin Markey, luciana achugar, Dan Fishback, Kristine Haruna Lee, and Katy Pyle. To become more familiar with our programming and artistic family, visit us at artistservices.bax.org.

My residency was a distinct turning point in my art-making and allowed me to re-discover my process on my own terms without the pressure of ‘producing’ but with the permission to explore. The connection to other stellar artists working across disciplines was truly invaluable and nurturing to my work.
Tanisha Christie AIR (2016-18)

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

  • Building a dynamic relationship with the Executive Director/Artistic Director, Artistic Advisors and other key staff members that includes work/livelihood issues, goal setting, accessing resources, and more.
  • Being a participatory member of a cohort that provides the possibilities for developing long-lasting relationships
  • Technical support for presenting and long-range planning for your projects at BAX and beyond.
  • 300 hours of free rehearsal space in any of our four studios (NOTE: There is limited availability of rehearsal space during July-August. AIRs receive priority booking of space September-June.)
  • REQUIRED: Open Studio showings in November 2018 and February 2019.
  • REQUIRED: A production of residency work during BAX’s AIR Festival between April – June 2019 (usually 2 evenings)
  • An opportunity to apply for a second year of residency
  • An opportunity to curate during 2nd year
  • Stipend of $3000

Please note that due to audience development considerations we request 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.

Successful applicants will use the allotted space to speak from their own voice and provide a clear picture for the panel of who they are and the value (beyond rehearsal space) of this residency. In addition, BAX has a history and commitment to working with a wide range of developing artists including POC, LGBTQ, and artists in transition from a variety of professional and personal stages in life. BAX is interested in creating a cohort of artists that will bring a dynamic conversation and multiple pathways to “success”. Therefore, the application panel is entrusted with seeking evidence of these important areas in the application.