BAX Artist In Residence program began in 1993, with two artists – Reggie Wilson and George Emilio Sanchez – both lived near BAX’s first location in the Gowanus and rehearsed there extensively.  Their regular presence at BAX led to conversations about their needs as artists, and how BAX could more fully meet those needs. Within a year through their input, BAX identified a need for space, a desire for opportunities to investigate specific aesthetic and cultural concerns, and an interest in curating work by other artists to build community and extend their own artistic practice. With these two artists, we established what would become BAX’s Artist In Residence program (BAX AIR). BAX enjoys long lasting and sustained relationships with many former resident artists who continue to develop ideas and programs that become part of the organization.

Artists In Residence Program

BAX AIR is tailored to each artist’s unique needs, process and artistic practice. Its structure develops peer support, collaborative problem-solving and constructive criticism. Each artist-in-residence will receive 300 free hours of rehearsal space per year and an annual stipend of $3,500.

Artist in Residence have priority to BAX rehearsal space in any of its four studios and meet regularly for one-on-one consultations with Executive Artistic Director Marya Warshaw and Artistic Advisors Abigail Browde and Nia Love. Group meetings with all six artists occur every six weeks. Group meeting topics include video documentation; developing relationships with producers; challenges of collaboration and co-directing; establishing a teaching practice; and finding life/work balance.

All artists have opportunities to present works in progress and/or finished work at BAX with full production and marketing support from BAX. Following performances at BAX, BAX often assists artists in delivering their vision to a broader audience by co-producing their work in other venues or establishing relationships with producers and funders that will allow them to move forward.

Space Grant Program

Our Space Grant program is the oldest of our programs that support developing artists. It was initially created for dance artists and expanded to support theater and performance artists in the late 1990s. Space grants are often an artist’s entry point into a deeper relationship with BAX. A significant number of our Artists In Residence started their relationship with BAX as space grantees and then claimed the organization as their artistic home. Space grants acknowledge that seasoned artists and newly emerging artists need uninterrupted space and time to try new ideas or to change directions. Again and again, in surveys of NYC’s performing artists, access to space is the most essential resource. We remain committed to space grants as the core provision of our Artist Services offerings. Artists are selected by application and reviewed by a panel of former space grantees, Artists In Residence, staff, and guests.

Summer Space Grant is ideal for the New York City-based dance or theater artist who already has a performance commitment or an artist who is embarking on a research period for an upcoming work and does not wish to present.

The Fall Space Grant allows New York City-based dance and theater artists an opportunity to perform the work they have developed in front of an audience at the conclusion of the rehearsal process in a showcase format with a post-performance discussion.

The Parent/Artist Space Grant has been developed to address some of the needs of NYC artists trying to meet the challenges of being an artist and a parent to newborn through pre-school age (0-4) children.

The Alumni Space Grant award acknowledges artists who began as dance students at BAX and supports them as working professionals in developing their original voices. There is no formal application for this program. Please contact for more information.