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CALL TO CREATIVES: Residency at The Dresher Ensemble Artist Residency

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CALL TO CREATIVES: Residency at The Dresher Ensemble Artist Residency


Residencies for the Time-based Arts

theater | performance · dance | movement · music |sound art | instrument invention, collaborations · interdisciplinary work

The Dresher Ensemble Artist Residency [D.E.A.R.] was established in 2012 to support Northern California artists who are actively exploring new aesthetic premises and pushing the boundaries of conventional art forms and media. The program provides early to mid-career artists free studio space and up-to-date equipment to create new work in the time-based arts such as theater/performance, dance/movement, music/sound art/instrument invention, as well as collaborative and interdisciplinary work.

D.E.A.R. grants 4 to 6 awards annually to individual artists or to groups of artists collaborating on a single project. The lead artist must be a resident of Northern California and must not be a student at the time of the application and residency.

What the Residency Provides
Each residency provides full-time access of 1 to 4 weeks in the Ensemble’s West Oakland rehearsal studio (40′ x 45′ with sprung dance floor with Marley floor covering) and fabrication shop and our inventory of sound, lighting and projection equipment. Residency weeks may be contiguous or spread out over a period of months. We do not provide any housing.


The artistic quality and potential impact of the project;
Projects whose realization requires continuous and/or multi-day access to the space and our available technologies;
The appropriateness of the project in relation to the Ensemble’s physical space and technical equipment;
Special consideration will be given to artists working in diverse disciplines and from culturally diverse perspectives.

Applications for 2019 Residencies due December 15, 2018 11:59 pm.  Residencies announcement: Monday January 28, 2018

Learn more here.