All artist residencies reflect our commitment to providing space for performing artists to experiment, form connections, and develop new works. All our residencies offer access, sustenance, and open space to make work.

Each residency is structured to

  • advance the development of artists, at all stages of growth and experience;
  • build relationships: among artists, across disciplines, and across experience;
  • illuminate the vital performance work happening across our community – in the center and at the margins;
  • create new ways of sparking engagement among works of performing art, artists, and audiences.

CFPA has hosted a variety of residencies throughout its 25 years. Current residency opportunities, produced by the Performance Collective are:

New Works: To start new works and/or new ways of working.

Works in Progress: To deepen and grow a work that is already in process.


These residencies are each offered once a year (Works in Process: Spring and New Works: Fall) to Twin Cities performance-based artists working in Theatre, Dance, Visual Art, Music, Film, Performative Installation, and New Media. The residencies are structured to support an intensive developmental period by providing

  • rehearsal space
  • a mentor relationship with a project-and-artist-specific professional
  • a culminating public presentation.

The selection process for these residencies is competitive and is based on the artists’ proposed projects, quality of work samples, achievability of goals, and synergy with the Performance Collective’s mission and goals. Artists at all stages of their careers are encouraged to apply.

Current Residents & Mentors

Current Residency Artists: José A. Luis, Megan Meyer, Margaret Ogas

Current Residency Mentors: to be announced

Prior Residents

Ben Swenson-Klatt, Emily Rose Duea, April Sellers, Nelle June Anderson, Margo Gray, Kat Purcell, Beth Ann Bloom, Alexandra Bodnarchuk, Nora Montañez Patterson, Morgan Holmes, David Means, Kerry Parker

Some unique features of both these residencies:

Open Rehearsals / Work Sessions

The mentor, the Performance Collective staff (and any others invited by the artists) assemble two times – once in the first few weeks of residency, and later near the end of residency, to reflect with the artist on the progression and development of the work.

Public Reflection

Each artist is offered at least two opportunities to publicly reflect (via our website and social media) on their residency process. The Performance Collective seeks always to create opportunities for connection and dialogue between artists and audiences, among artists across divergent practices, and through all arenas of human identity and experience. These public reflections make take the form of text, images, presentation of research, videos . . . any media that serves the artist’s process and invites conversation.

Public Presentations

The Performance Collective hosts two public engagements of residency work as an extension of the developmental process.  Presentations are centered on advancing the artist’s work in creating new processes and new pieces, and at this stage in the residency, are intended to create dialogue between artists, mentors and audiences. The goal is to support a meaningful exchange about the artist’s work – both products and processes.  These residencies encourage radical experimentation and risk-taking by approaching each artist’s residency goals with profound openness.

Audience Conversation

Audiences are invited to respond to an artist-led conversation following public presentations: facilitated by the mentor, based on a format where questions are created by the artist. This is an opportunity for the artist to practice deep listening, while the mentor serves as proxy and champion for the work. Audience is essential to the making and meaning of a performance work, and this conversation is an opportunity for artists to orient themselves towards the audience in a new way.


The design of the residency programs is intended to create opportunities for the artist to integrate input from mentors, audiences, the Performance Collective staff and others throughout the residency period. The two public presentations are separated by a week’s time, and the artists are encouraged to continue to rehearse and work during that week, integrating information gleaned from the first post-presentation conversation into the ongoing process of the work.

The Performance Collective handles presentation event logistics including presentation space, publicity, static area lighting, documentation, audience seating, and post-event refreshments.

Have an idea for a residency that doesn’t fit neatly into these opportunities? Propose something to us!


2020 Works-in-Process

José A. Luis, Megan Meyer, Margaret Ogas
Fall 2020 Residency
Presentations TBA

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