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Applications Open: Works in Process Spring 2019 Residency

Works in Process Residency

For Works in Process of all performance modalities
Theatre, Dance, Music, Film, Community-Engaged Performance, and New Media

cfpa will choose up to three Twin Cities-based artists at any stage in their careers to bring an existing piece and/or way-of-working into further development during our Spring short-term residency.  The key components of this residency are free rehearsal space and mentorship (from a professional whose work intersects with yours; from the cfpa team; and among co-residency artists.) The residency concludes with a public presentation and audience conversation.

Please note:  This residency is designed for the deepening and growth of a work already in process. If you need resources for creating a new piece, please consider applying in the late summer for our Fall New Works residency, which is intended to support the invention of new creative processes and new makings. Details will be available here:

Residency artist expectations:

  • Actively interested in connecting with other artists across cultures, disciplines, and traditions.
  • Value public engagement in creative process and prepare personal reflections on rehearsal process via images, blog posts, etc. (to be published by cfpa.)
  • Host two open rehearsals, to be attended by chosen mentor, the cfpa team, and others as invited by artist. One rehearsal will take place in late February; the other will take place in the week before the public presentation.
  • Present the work in process, open to the public, as part of cfpa‘s ReClaim Series on the evenings of Saturday,  April 20th  and Saturday,  April 27th.  All residents will present pieces on both nights.  The precise scope of presented work will be negotiated between the cfpa leadership team and the artist, after the first open rehearsal. cfpa expects the artist to present enough creative work to engage an audience for 15-20 minutes, to be followed by discussion. A required dress rehearsal will take place on the evening of Friday,  April 19th.  Artists are encouraged to continue to rehearse and revise in the week between the two presentations.

cfpa’s commitment:

  • Provide access to up to four (4) hours of free rehearsal/work space each week, between February 18th and April 26th, to be scheduled as available through the cfpa office. Please note that cfpa has limited available space on weekday evenings.
  • Contact, confirm, and arrange professional mentor participation.
  • Host the public presentation, providing:
    • Publicity
    • Presentation Space
    • Static area lighting
    • Documentation (video/photo, for unrestricted use by the artist)
    • Audience seating
    • Post-event refreshments
Application Deadline: February 1st, 2019, 6 pm
Apply here:

Application fee: $30 (Link to payment will be sent upon receipt of application)
Application fees contribute to the cost of application review time, the honorarium paid to each artist’s professional mentor, and stipend for the photographer/videographer to document presentations.  Any remaining funds go into cfpa‘s Artist Development Fund, to support future events and residencies.

Please note the selection process for these residencies is competitive and will be based on the artist’s proposed project, quality of work sample, achievability of goals, and relevance to cfpa’s mission and goals. We will announce residency artists on February 6th, 2019.

CFPA’s ReClaim series is an assembly space to connect all kinds of audiences, artists, experiences, and stories. Our events explore the vitality and evolution of American identity, and the ways in which creative works reflect our lived experience (or not). Our events grapple with the stories we hear and see, the stories we make and tell, and the ways in which we are (or are not) changed by creative representations of our experiences. We support artists who engage fiercely with the complex and contradictory nature of the human experience. We support audiences who yearn for greater personal engagement between works of art and the daily life of our community. We assemble for lively questions, dynamic conversation, and to encourage new ways of understanding each other’s lives.

CFPA produces art events on the Third Saturday of most months. All events are Pay-What-You-Can and open to the public.

For more information on the artists and on the series, visit and click on “ReClaim Series.”

CONTACT: Jennie Ward, Managing Director
(612) 821-9202