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Call for Spring 2020 Resident Artists

For Works in Process in all performance modalities
including theatre, dance, music, spoken word, community-engaged performance, and new (performance-based) media

The Performance Collective, located at cfpa, is looking for 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 Works in Process residency. The key components of this residency are free rehearsal space, a (paid) mentor, and a $100 stipend. The residency concludes with a public presentation and audience conversation.

Residency Artist Expectations

  • Artist is actively interested in connecting with other artists and audiences across cultures, disciplines, and traditions. We ask that the work created during this residency consider aesthetic, cultural, and physical access to audience members of many different backgrounds and experiences.
  • Artist values public engagement in their creative process, and prepares a personal reflection on rehearsal process via blog-post style images, and/or writing excerpt to be published on cfpa’s website and social media.
  • Artist hosts two open rehearsals, attended by chosen mentor, The Performance Collective team, and others as invited by artist. One will take place in mid-March; the other will take place the week before the public presentation.
  • Artist presents the work in process, open to the public, as part of the ReClaim Series on the evenings of Saturday, April 18th and Saturday, April 25th. All residents present pieces on both nights. The precise scope of presented work will be negotiated with each artist, after the first open rehearsal. We expect the artist to present enough creative work to engage an audience for 3-15 minutes, to be followed by discussion. A required dress rehearsal will take place on the evening of Friday, April 17th. Artist is encouraged to continue to rehearse and revise in the week between the two presentations. The Performance Collective does not have a specific expectation for what is presented. Audience is considered one aspect of an on-going ‘open rehearsal’ process.

Our Commitment:

  • Provide access to up to four (4) hours of free rehearsal/work space each week, between February 15th-April 17th to be scheduled as available through the cfpa office. *Please note that we have limited available space on weekday evenings.*
  • Discuss and decide mentor options with Artist. Coordinate mentor participation.
  • Host the public presentation, providing: Publicity; Presentation space and audience seating; Static area lighting; Unedited video documentation; Post-event refreshments; Facilitation of residency co-artist gathering; Coordination of tech rehearsal (Friday April 17th, 6-10 pm.)
  • Pay each residency artist $100 at conclusion of the residency.

For consideration, fill out form HERE.

Deadline: Monday, February 3rd, 2020, 6 pm.

Artist Fee (non-refundable): $30 (Link to payment will be sent following receipt of application).
This fee contributes to the cost of people to review applications, the honorarium paid to each artist and artist’s mentor, and the stipend for the photographer/videographer to document presentations.
No one will be turned away for lack of funds. If you are in need of a sponsorship, contact

We will announce residency artists on February 12th, 2020.

Please note: This residency is designed to deepen and grow a work that is already in process. If you need resources for starting new works and/or new ways of working, please consider applying in the fall for our Fall 2020 New Works residency. Details will be available here, or join our mailing list (below.)

The Performance Collective’s Artists’ Accelerator:
An arts incubator for the development and sustainability of performing artists.

cfpa is committed to programming that advances the field of performance in the Twin Cities, and for 24 years has innovated to address emergent and critical needs in the community. cfpa has engaged The Performance Collective, a growing group of artists advancing opportunities at cfpa, to build greater access and additional resources for performing artists to create, develop, and present new and emerging works.