Artists In Residence

Johnnie Cruise Mercer sits in the center of the BAX theater in a black sweatshirt and red pants speaking into a corded microphone.

Johnnie Cruise Mercer in BAX AIR Open Studios, February 2020. Photo by David Sierra.

So Mak and Bex Kwan sit across from each other at a table speaking into microphones at BAX 2020 Open Studios.

So Mak and Bex Kwan at BAX AIR Open Studios. Photo by David Sierra.












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 other venues or to establish relationships with producers and funders that will allow them to move forward.

Opportunities are also available to curate, teach in public schools, and work with BAX student artists.

The 2020/21 BAX Artists In Residence are:

Bex Kwan & So Mak

 2nd year: theater [more]

Johnnie Cruise Mercer

2nd year: dance [more]