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The Watermill Center's 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.


  • Residency Length: 2-6 Weeks
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 22
  • Total applicant pool in most current year: 200


  • Artist Status: Emerging Artists
  • Application type: Open application
  • Collaboration: May apply as a team
  • Geography: Open to non-US artists
  • Additional eligibility information: 

    A selection committee, including Robert Wilson, chooses the Summer Program participants. Participants are selected based on their artistic abilities and objectives, achievements, and creative potential, as well as how they might be served by, and contribute to, the Summer Program at Watermill. Selection is also determined based on the needs of the particular year’s workshops and activities, the need to maintain a diverse group of participants from varying disciplines, countries, and professional and artistic backgrounds, while aiming to ensure a balance between new and returning participants.

  • Application deadline: May 14
  • Additional deadline info: Admission to the program is by selection only. The Watermill Center uses SlideRoom to gather applications and work samples for its International Summer Program. All material must be submitted via the online portal through SlideRoom. There are NO exceptions. The online application portal will lead you through the various required questions, attachments, and media uploads (work samples). There is a $10 USD fee per proposal that covers the cost of the application portal. Payment is accepted on the SlideRoom website. If you are unable to make this payment for any reason, please email us at to explain. Step-by-step application instructions are available on the SlideRoom application portal.

Past Residents & Quotes

Past residents: 
Marianna Kavallieratos. Christopher Knowles. Carlos Soto. Shige Moriya (Leimay). Nazanin Fakoor. Francesca Fini. Tilman Hecker.Brian O'Mahoney. Tilde Björfors (Cirkus Cirkor). Matty Davis (BOOMERANG). Basco Vazko. Tori Wrånes. The Hutto Project. Colin Gee. Mary Mattingly. Netta Yerushalmy. Catherine Galasso. Andrew Ondrejcak. Temporary Distortion. Jack Ferver. Collaboration Town. The South Wing. Roman Paska. Vision Into Art.
This is something different. It's home.
— Robert Wilson

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Shared bedroom
  • Meals: No meals/food provided
  • Computer/internet access: Computer and internet connection provided in common area (shared), Wireless Internet
  • Accessibility: no

Residency Fees

10$ Application fee. The Watermill Center provides local transportation, housing, and workspace as part of the 2018 Residency Program. During the course of the residency, residents are responsible for living expenses such as food, and travel to and from Watermill, and also production expenses such as art materials and supplies, and equipment rentals. Watermill will provide a modest reimbursement to offset these expenses. Additional details will be provided upon acceptance to the program. If the artist initiates it, The Watermill Center will supply signed letters of support for outside funding and can offer advice for potential funders to underwrite or assist.

Stipends / other support

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.

Contact Information

39 Watermill Towd Road
Water Mill, New York 11976
United States