2018 Upstart Program Application

The Upstart Program ushers in fresh talent with an intriguing festival of performances and roundtable discussions. We seek dance, theater and performance works by artists who have no more than three years of experience showing their work in New York City. Artists MUST BE New York City based. Work will be produced as part of a two-day showcase in the BAX theater, Friday & Saturday March 16-17, 2018.

Originally the brain-child of Shannon Hummel (BAX Artist in Residence 2005-07, Artist Advisor 2007-08), the festival is currently curated by former BAX Artists In Residence Jillian Peña (2011-13) and Fernando Maneca (2004-06).

Application must be submitted electronically no later than Monday October 2, 2017 at 11:59 PM. Artists will be notified on or before Monday, October 16, 2017


Applicants should:

  • Be interested in developing new work OR working on a project in early stages of development
  • Be able to commit to all required dates (see below)
  • NOT be full time students. Full time students may NOT apply for this opportunity.
  • Be a resident of one of the five NYC boroughs


IMPORTANT DATES (all required)

  • Orientation – November  6, 2017
  • Show and Share (previous to performance) – January 20, 2018
  • Upstart performances – March 16-17, 2018
  • Post Performance Convening – Monday, April 2, 2018


Artists receive a $100 stipend and 10 hours of free rehearsal space.

>> 5 hours will be available between the orientation and the Show and Share. The remaining 5 hours will be available between the Show and Share and the performance. Additional hours outside of the allotted 5/5 breakdown will be available at a $5/hr discounted rate. Artists must identify themselves as Upstart Program participants to receive discounted rate.<<

BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange welcomes students, families, faculty and artists to BAX, an organization with a core commitment to social justice. 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, and genders including –  trans identified individuals, or those with varied immigration statuses. All our constituents join an organization whose staff and Board is 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.


If you have questions about this program and/or curation guidelines, please contact 
artistservices@bax.org with the subject line: UPSTART APPLICATION

If you are having trouble with this application please contact Artist Services Manager, Teri-Ann Carryl, teri@bax.org