The Watermill Center is now accepting applications for our 2018 Artist Residency Program!
Watermill’s Artist Residency Program began in 2006, when The Center officially opened as a year-round facility. Each year collectives and individual artists take up residence at The Center to live and develop works that critically investigate, challenge and extend the existing norms of performance practice. In addition, Artists-in-Residence share their creative process with the community through open rehearsals, workshops and artist talks.
Artists-in-Residence are chosen by a distinguished international selection committee composed of artists, academics, and cultural leaders across all disciplines. To date, we have hosted over 170 residencies featuring artists from more than 65 nations.
Residencies range from two to six weeks and will be scheduled throughout the year by mutual agreement between the accepted artist and The Watermill Center. Please note, residencies will not take place during the months of July and August.
Water Mill, New York: United States
Completed in 2006, The Center combines performance and rehearsal sites with working and communal living spaces. Its flexible and multi-purpose interiors house formal and informal performance spaces, The Watermill Center Collection of art and artifacts, an extensive reference library, kitchen facilities, and a dormitory. The Center is situated on eight-and-a-half acres of wooded and landscaped grounds in a rural environment.
The Center does not provide a traditional theater studio environment. We do not presently have a lighting grid or a technical staff to assist with rehearsals and construction. The main studio spaces have black-stained hardwood floors, white walls, and many windows. There is no separation between studio and gallery or living and working spaces, and The Watermill Collection is carefully curated throughout The Center. Artists have the unique opportunity to work amongst these museum pieces and to work with The Center staff to recurate their environments. Watermill encourages artists to engage with the collection and architecture, and to explore all facets of The Center, inside and out.
Additional expectations / opportunities
Artists-in-Residence are required to conduct at least one public performance or event. This often takes the form of an open rehearsal, a screening, or an artist talk. Workshops and other community events are strongly encouraged. Each artist is also encouraged to have an education component to their residency. Watermill staff will work with you to design an educational activity.