The Center at West Park’s Theater Artist Residency Program nurtures exemplary and boundary-pushing theater artists and companies by providing free performance space, subsidized rehearsal space, and a 50/50 split of ticket sales. We support the creation of new works and the re-working of classic texts in contemporary contexts in order to diversify and enrich the theater community of New York and to attract and challenge enthusiastic and adventurous audiences.
All Resident Artists are offered one to four weeks in our intimate 60-seat Balcony Theater to produce and perform their shows. Resident Artists are expected to present full productions during the residency, including set, costume, and lighting design. The Balcony Theater comes equipped with a rep lighting plot and PA sound system. Please note that the Balcony Theater is only accessible by stairs.
Applications for the Fall 2019 Season (September-December) are now open and are due by Friday, February 1, 2019 at 5:00pm. Applicants will be notified by March 1, 2019.
ETHICS & AESTHETICS
We value work that challenges aesthetic and cultural boundaries, builds lasting relationships among artists and audiences, engages with under-served and underrepresented communities, and is created and presented in inclusive contexts. Resident Artists are encouraged to engage with these values during their residencies.
We are building a welcoming and inclusive community that spans diverse points of view; cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds; national origins and immigration statuses; ages, abilities, orientations, and gender identities; and religious and spiritual affiliations (or none at all). We call the diverse members of our community into relationship through our shared commitment to creative and intellectual expression. People of color, LGBTQ people, and anyone who encounters barriers to their work because of their personal background or identity are especially encouraged to apply.
Resident Artists may book up to 40 hours of rehearsal space at the Center in advance of their residency at a subsidized rate of $20 per hour. Available spaces for rehearsal bookings include the Balcony Theater, the Sanctuary Theater, and the Chapel.
Resident Artists are paid an Artist Fee of 50% of box office revenue at the end of the residency. Resident Artists pay a refundable $500 security deposit for the space upon signing the residency agreement to secure their spot. Residency fee and security deposit return are paid by check or direct deposit upon completion of load-out at the end of the residency.
Resident Artists may set the ticket price for their performances, with a minimum price set by the Center. Minimum ticket prices are $20 for General Admission and $15 for discounted tickets. All tickets are sold through the Center’s box office and all ticket revenues are collected by the Center.
Resident Artists may sell Premium tickets for one or all performances and are entitled to the difference between the premium price and general admission price.
Complimentary tickets are provided for press, industry professionals, and Center/production staff at the discretion of the Center. Comps are provided for members of Actors Equity as required under applicable Equity rules. Comps for friends and family are not allowed.
Box Office & HOUSE MANAGEMENT
Front of house duties are shared by the Center and Resident Artists. The Center is responsible for Box Office Management and Resident Artists are responsible for House Management within the Balcony Theater. All advance tickets will be sold through the Center’s online box office, and the Center provides a box office manager for in-person cash and card sales at the door up to one hour before curtain.
Resident Artists are responsible for providing a House Manager to be stationed in the theater during performances and in the lobby during intermission and after each performance until all audience members have left. The Center can provide a House Manager for $20 per hour, deducted from the Artist Fee.
Resident Artists my sell pre-packaged food and non-alcoholic beverage concessions and are entitled to all the proceeds thereof. The sale of alcohol at the Center is prohibited. Resident Artists may provide beer and wine free of charge only and may accept donations. If a Resident Artist wishes to offer concessions or complimentary alcoholic beverages, they must provide a bartender for each performance.
Resident artists are responsible for marketing their shows. The Center provides some marketing support, including:
- An event page and ticketing on our website
- Space for two posters up to 18” x 24” in our exterior window boxes
- Listing with image and blurb in our monthly email newsletter
Residency DATES & times
Residencies are offered for one to four weeks, beginning and ending on Mondays at noon. Resident Artists are expected to present at least three performances during the first week and at least four performances each subsequent week. Evening performances may start at 7:00, 7:30, or 8:00 and must end by 10:30, with audiences out by 10:59pm. Weekend matinees may start at 1:00, 1:30, or 2:00 and must end by 3:30, with audiences out by 4:00pm. The theater will be open and available to Resident Artists on the following schedule:
- Monday-Tuesday: 8am to 11pm (load in, tech)
- Wednesday-Saturday: 6pm to 11pm
- Sunday: 12pm to 4pm, 6pm to 11pm
- Mondays: dark
- Tuesdays-Saturdays: 6pm to 11pm
- Sundays: 12pm to 4pm, 6pm to 11pm
End of Residency:
- Sunday: 6pm-11pm (load-out)
The Balcony Theater includes a lighting and sound package that is sufficient to light the stage in a general wash and provide playback and amplification from multiple audio sources. More info about the theater’s technical equipment is available here. Resident Artists may add additional lighting and sound equipment at their own discretion and cost. Resident Artists are responsible for providing their own designers and technicians. The Center does not have a Technical Director or Master Electrician on site, but we can provide limited technical support in an emergency.