Artists In Residence

Photo collage of the 2019/20 Artists in Residence. From left to right: Antonio Ramos, Ita Segev, Nia Witherspoon, Bex and Sophia, and Johnnie Cruise Mercer

These exceptional artists are provided with an artistic home base for a one to two year period, giving them a tangible sense of permanence and place. 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 2019/20 Artist In Residence receives 300 free hours of rehearsal space per year and an annual stipend. Artists in Residence have priority to BAX rehearsal space in any of its four studios and meet regularly for one-on-one consultations with 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 Manhattan venues or to establish relationships with producers and funders that will allow them to move forward. Opportunities are also available to curate, teach in the public schools, and work with BAX’s student population.

A note regarding the 2020/21 AIR Program: The 20/21 AIR applications will be announced in late Spring while it undergoes an evaluation process by our Artist Advisory Team.  For this season, artists may apply for both the 2020 Summer/Fall Space Grant and 20/21 AIR application when available. Traditionally applicants have had to choose between the two. We look forward to providing you with further updates! 

The 2019/20 BAX Artists In Residence are:

Antonio Ramos

2nd year: dance [more]

Ita Segev

2nd year: theater [more]

Nia Ostrow Witherspoon

2nd year: theater [more]

Bex Kwan & Sophia Mak

 1st year: theater [more]

Johnnie Cruise Mercer

1st year: dance [more]