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Call for Fall 2019 Resident Artists

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

cfpa is looking for up to three Twin Cities-based artists at any stage in their careers to initiate a new piece of original performance work, and/or a new way of working during our Fall 2019 short-term 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.
  • 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 by cfpa.
  • Artist hosts two open rehearsals, attended by chosen mentor, the cfpa team, and others as invited by artist. One will take place in late October; the other will take place the week before the public presentation.
  • Artist presents the work in process, open to the public, as part of cfpa’s ReClaim Series on the evenings of Saturday, December 14th and Saturday, December 21st. All residents 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 3-15 minutes, to be followed by discussion.
    • A required dress rehearsal will take place on the evening of Friday, Dec 13th.
    • Artist is encouraged to continue to rehearse and revise in the week between the two presentations.
    • cfpa does not have a specific expectation for what is presented. Audience is considered one aspect of an on-going “open rehearsal” process.

cfpa’s Commitment

  • Provide access to up to four (4) hours of free rehearsal/work space each week, between Oct 15th and December 13th, to be scheduled as available through the cfpa office. *Please note that cfpa has 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
    • Video documentation (unedited)
    • Post-event refreshments
  • Facilitation of residency co-artist gathering
  • Coordination of tech rehearsal (Friday Dec 13th, 6-10 pm.)
  • Pay each residency artist $100 at conclusion of the residency.

For consideration, fill out form HERE.

Deadline: September 15th, 2019, 6 pm.

Artist Fee (non-refundable): $30 (Link to payment will be sent upon receipt of response.)
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.

cfpa will announce residency artists on October 1, 2019.

Please note: This residency is designed to support the invention of new processes and new makings. If you need resources for taking the next steps with an existing work-in-process, please consider applying in the winter for our Spring 2020 Works in Process residency, which is intended to support the deepening and growth of a work already in process. Details will be available HERE.


about cfpa

cfpa is a community built by artists for artists, teachers, students, audiences, and neighbors of many interests and traditions to assemble and develop their work. cfpa is dedicated to the vitality of the creative process, guided by the principle that art practice is stronger when it grows in context with divergent approaches and points of view. cfpa supports a range of practitioners to teach, learn, workshop, and practice, in order to sustain their work and their lives as creative and contributing members of their communities.

about ReClaim

The ReClaim series is a range of public workshops, presentations and events that 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. This series supports artists who engage fiercely with the complex and contradictory nature of the human experience; and supports audiences who yearn for greater personal engagement between works of art and the daily life of our community. In this series, we assemble for lively questions, dynamic conversation, and to encourage new ways of understanding each other’s lives.

cfpa produces art events on most Third Saturdays of the month. All events are Pay-What-You-Can-donation and open to the public.

Find more information on the artists and on the series HERE.