Made in Wickenburg Residency is located in historic Wickenburg, Arizona, is designed to foster creative, collaborative and performance projects of established and emerging performing artists. Each residency is designed to allow artistic companies the opportunity to pursue new projects, mount work or collaborate with other artists, free from everyday pressures. These residencies are intended for companies wishing to add to their repertoire a new piece of work or a piece that is new to them, in preparation for a tour or at a minimum, multiple performances. Made in Wickenburg residencies are curated by the Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts.
Wickenburg, Arizona: United States
Founded in 1946, Made in Wickenburg Residency is set on working dude and cattle ranch in Wickenburg, Arizona. Located on 20,000-acres of wide open range land in the high Sonoran desert, the “E” is surrounded by the Bradshaw mountains. Just 65 miles northwest of Phoenix at 2400 feet elevation, the Ranch site is 4 miles west of Wickenburg. The town of Wickenburg was founded on gold mining and is landmarked by the famous Vulture Peak, home of the historic Vulture Gold Mine. The ranch is a rural and serene environment in which to work creatively without distractions.
While the “E” is a working cattle ranch year round, the dude ranch is open to guests October through April each year, when the weather in Arizona is the envy of other tourist destinations. During the three residency periods annually, the ranch will be exclusively available to artists or companies only.
- Residency Length: Residencies are flexible in length up to 3 weeks.
- Average number of artists in residence at a time: 1-5
- Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 3
- Application type: Open application
- Collaboration: May apply as a team
- Geography: Open to US artists
Additional eligibility information:
To apply for a Flying E Ranch residency, companies must:
Have been in operation for the last three years
Be in good financial standing
Represent any genre of music, dance, theatre or film
Have a minimum of 14 company members, including artists, managers and associated production staff, in attendance during the residency, with a maximum of 34 members
Be willing to conduct open rehearsals, educational outreach programs for students and adults, and public performances
- Application Ongoing: Yes
Past Residents & Quotes
American Ballet Theatre II
October 15 – November 1, 2009
Northwest Dance Project
November 8 – November 21, 2009
The American Place Theatre
January 17 – January 30, 2010
The School of Ballet Arizona
October 10 - October 15, 2010
American Ballet Theatre II
October 17 – October 31, 2010
Houses on the Moon Theatre Company
November 7 - November 20, 2010
The dancers really appreciated the opportunity to work in an isolated and focused environment. NYC is so busy and distracting that it was a luxury to work without disruption. They could focus solely on the artistic product. It is so rare to have that opportunity. It was an incredible bonding experience as well for the company, enabling them to grow closer because they were living together, and therefore dance better as a group.
The combination of creating new work and the hospitality of the Flying E resulted in both a beautiful new ballet and a revitalized and stronger company. The dancers cannot say enough positive things about the program and express their desire to return again.
The Flying E Residency Program is an innovative, important and invaluable program fostering the creation of new dance works and taking part in it was one of the most amazing experiences I have had as a choreographer and Artistic Director. It was so incredible to be in such a gorgeous and inspiring place and to have everything absolutely and perfectly taken care of so that I and the company could fully focus on the creative process. Not only did being transported into the Arizona desert inspire and ultimately inform my new work, being free of distractions and, well, pampered, provided me with the freedom to really let my creative energies flow.
Facilities & Services
- Housing: Private bedroom in a shared housing facility
Fourteen guest rooms and three suites surround the main lodge and pool area. The rooms are immaculate, comfortable and delightfully western with all the comforts of home. The capacity of the Ranch is 34 people. Electrically heated and air-conditioned, each room provides the ideal starting place for daily activities or a quiet retreat for a restful night. All rooms have a private bath, wet bar and refrigerator, television, two twins or one king-size bed.
The Lodge features a stone wood burning fire place with oversized comfortable furniture, game room, piano and wireless internet. All meals are served family style in the lodge.
- Meals: Some meals are provided
Companies, including artists, managers and associated production staff up to 34 members, are provided guest rooms, maid service, 3 full meals a day, rehearsal space and ranch amenities. Meals and activities will be scheduled completely around residency work and artistic schedule.
- Computer/internet access: Wireless Internet
- Companions: Spouses/partners allowed for full stay
Spouses/partners and other guests associated with the company are welcome to stay at the ranch during the residency period by paying the "Friends & Family Rate" of $100 plus tax & gratuity per night.
- Accessibility: housing/grounds/studios are accessible
- Studios/special equipment: Dance / Choreography, Theater
Additional studio information:
Local rehearsal space is secured according to the artistic discipline and creative needs of the project.
- Other facilities and services: Amenities:
The Flying E Ranch offers the following amenities and “things to do” will be based around residency programming and work:
Horse Back Riding*
Hay Wagon Rides
Camp Fire Cookouts under the Stars
Heated Swimming Pool & Jacuzzi
Hot Air Ballooning*
Desert Jeep Tours*
Small Sauna and Exercise Room
B.Y.O.B. Bar with deck overlooking desert
*indicates additional charge
Companies are responsible for transportation to and from Wickenburg and local ground transportation. Also, if the work being prepared is a commissioned piece, the company is responsible for any associated fees.
If a company agrees to present a public performance at the end of their residency, a ticket revenue split with the Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts may be arranged to help offset any company expenses. The public performance and open residency activities will be scheduled and marketed as an integral part of the “Webb Center Presents” series and must be deemed appropriate for patrons by the Webb Center’s Director.
Stipends / other support
The Flying E Dude and Cattle Ranch was purchased by George and Viola Wellik in 1952. After George passed, Viola Wellik operated the Ranch until her death in 2004. Viola Wellik left a legacy, The Wellik Foundation, to support non-profit organizations in the Wickenburg area and maintain the Flying E Dude Ranch. The Wellik Foundation provides grant support to the artists or companies selected to participate in one of these residency programs. This grant provides lodging and meals at the Flying E Ranch. In addition, Wellik Foundation provides grant funding to the Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts to curate the residency program. The Wellik Foundation is a support organization of the Arizona Community Foundation.
Additional expectations / opportunities
The Webb Center's curatorial staff awards up to 3 residencies per year. Each company works closely with the curators to determine the parameters and needs of the residency in advance of their arrival in Wickenburg. These parameters focus primarily on the scope of the project, while also providing opportunities for the local community to connect to the artist and art form through open rehearsals, readings or performances. Residencies are often the beginning of a long-term, working relationship with the Webb Center, which will result in a performance on the Webb Center’s stage upon project completion.