Our Artist Residency program provides affordable space for performing artists to develop and present their work in three distinctive venues: the grand 420-seat Sanctuary Theater, the intimate 74-seat Balcony Theater, and the flexible event space McAlpin Hall. We welcome submissions from all disciplines, including theater, dance, music, film, opera, and puppetry; storytelling, spoken word, and public conversations; and installation, multidisciplinary, and interdisciplinary art. Submissions for immersive and site-specific projects are highly encouraged. Applications for January-May 2019 will open in July 2018.
ETHICS & AESTHETICS
We value work that challenges aesthetic and cultural boundaries, builds lasting relationships among artists and audiences, engages with underserved and underrepresented communities, and is created and presented in inclusive contexts. Resident Artists are encouraged to engage with these values during their residencies.
Resident Artists are paid an Artist Fee of 50% of box office revenue. Resident Artists pay a security deposit for the space upon signing the residency agreement.
TimeFrame & performances
Residencies are offered for one or more weeks and usually begin and end on Mondays at noon. Residencies are primarily for performances and public events. Usually, residencies must include at least three performances or public events in the first week and at least five performances or public events in subsequent weeks.
Resident Artists are given at least two full days (8am-11pm) for load-in, tech, rehearsals, and/or other setup and preparations before the first performance or public event. Additional rehearsal time may be booked in the residency venue or another space at the Center for standard rates, starting at $20-$40 per hour depending on the space.
All advance tickets will be sold through the Center’s Eventbrite account. Resident Artists will be given access to this account to manage their event’s online box office. Resident Artists are responsible for managing any in-person cash sales (or attendee registration for free events) at the door.
Resident artists are responsible for marketing their own events. The Center at West Park provides limited marketing support, including:
- An event page and link to online box office on our website
- Space for two posters up to 24” x 36” in our exterior window boxes
- A notice with an image and short description in our monthly email newsletter
Each space at the Center at West Park comes with a lighting and sound package that is sufficient to light the performance area and provide a basic PA system. Residents may add additional lighting and sound equipment at their own discretion and cost. Residents are responsible for providing their own designers and technicians.