This is the submissions page for Atlantic Center for the Arts. For a current residency schedule, please visit Master Artist-in-Residence Schedule. Master Artist that are currently accepting applications are listed below.

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Residency Dates: Sunday, October 11 - 31,  2020
Application Deadline: Sunday, May 10, 2020 at 11:59 PM EST
 To read the full Master Artist-in-Residence page about this program and its financial aid information, click here.

Residency Statement:
My work interrogates the ruthless editing machine we call “history.” I seek to annotate the cultural record by turning a spotlight on figures swept (or forced) to the margins of public memory. Whatever trace these figures/stories leave is often too incomplete for traditional-form history. Theater may enter those gaps – it does not require a factually unbroken chain. 

So, I source real lives for live performance, but I am not a documentarian. I seek stories that have left enough trace to tantalize but been enough disappeared to offer me permission. I must be honest when accessing other people’s stories, I want to write what I want to write – the moral turf between honoring the fragmentary truth that spurred me and inventing the theatrical container that fulfills me as a “maker” is frighteningly hard to locate.

I am currently two-works along in a multi-play cycle rooted in 15 years: from 1967’s Summer of Love (not everyone’s love) to the first time the American mainstream press printed the word “AIDS” in 1982/3. 15 years in which change barreled forward then reared up in a sudden, panicked, mournful halt.

The first of these works was Radicals In Miniature, a series of textual/sonic odes to personal icons impacting “downtown” (alternative) culture in the late 1970’s/early 80’s. Many were felled by the disease that capped the era. Others couldn’t navigate the winnowing force of the latter 80’s “professionalizing” what were once creative margins. Still others never imagined translating their personal radicalism for public consumption - they disappeared when their “life-performance” ended. 

The second was 217 Boxes Of Dr. Henry Anonymous. In 1972 Dr. John Fryer donned an oversize tuxedo and rubber joke shop mask to become Dr. Henry Anonymous insisting homosexuality was not a mental disease but who was Dr. Fryer? Researching this work, I combed Fryer’s 217-box archive at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, unearthing three figures from his life; asking each to draw a portrait of the man behind the mask.

(Let me interject here to say I categorize Radicals In Miniature as a “piece” and 217 Boxes of Dr. Henry Anonymous as a “play.” I am not hierarchical about these forms, they each have inherent demands and permissions that I enjoy or loathe. I work among them).

I am seeking textual theater artists (playwriting to performance or any self-designated territory in between) who utilize non-fiction history as source material. “History” I am defining as any event that has already transpired – this can include autobiography, oral history, interviews, correspondence, archival sources etc. 

- Where do you sit in a story that (supposedly) isn’t about you?

- What are the moral ramifications of including other people’s lives in your writing? 

- Where do you fit as a generative artist inventing theater amid the pre-existing parameters of a documented inspiration? 

- What is the relationship between the density of “real-life-time” VS what an audience can digest in “performance-time?”

- What do you owe to the specters that inspire you?

- How much of what you know/research/learn about your source material actually needs to be onstage in order to satisfy the need to make visible what has been obscured – and still make theater?

Our actual schedule will depend on who signs up.

I imagine daily individual sessions around material being developed and (perhaps a few times a week) group sessions reading work-in-process followed by moderated discussion.

If individual participants are up for showing work in more extensive formats (ie if we have solo artists who perform their own work) followed by moderated discussion – that will happen too.

I will also share documentation of some of my past works, NOT as ideals, purely as a launch for conversation around inherent challenge, promise and pitfalls. These may offer us the opportunity to all look at the same thing and note our differing perspectives without impacting the feelings of an artist still in process (the works are done so I am no longer vulnerable in that way).

Application Requirements:  

Prospective Associates should send:
1. A bio (one page maximum, PDF)

2. An Artist Statement: what do you write about and why? (one page, PDF)

3. A Residency Statement: goals or interests or aesthetic questions related to the residency and the use of non-fiction source material (one page maximum, PDF)

4. A work sample (20-page PDF or 10-minute video online via link - either be 10 min or provide cuing timing). Please note completion date and any production history.

5. A full-length script (PDF). Please note completion date and any production history.

Residency Fee: $900
 Includes a $100 administration fee, weekday meals and housing; does not include artist materials, transportation, or weekend meals.

Scholarships / Financial Assistance
 Only accepted Associate Artists may apply for financial assistance. For details, please visit the master artist details page.

Application fee: $25
 If you have any questions or problems submitting, visit the ACA's How to Apply page
 

Residency Dates: Sunday, October 11 - 31,  2020
Application Deadline: Sunday, May 10, 2020 at 11:59 PM EST
To read the full Master Artist-in-Residence page about this program and its financial aid information, click here.

Residency Statement

I am looking forward to working with musicians from all backgrounds to discuss the creative process and performing together in a casual workshop setting. We will primarily focus on strategies that help develop our own sound vocabulary and how to develop personal ways of composing and/or improvising. We will also work together using visual cues, graphic scores, musical game pieces and listening exercises. Various topics will range from listening, making sound, using silence, phraseology, rhythm, acoustics, timbre, ‘chemistry’, inherent character, impressions, performance art, to philosophical conversations.

Application Requirements

1. Letter of intent: What are your goals, interests, problems, questions, expectations, and other notes regarding this residency?

2. What instruments or former experience do you have?

3. A short biography

Residency Fee: $900
  Includes a $100 administration fee, weekday meals and housing; does not include artist materials, transportation, or weekend meals.

Scholarships / Financial Assistance
  Only accepted Associate Artists may apply for financial assistance. For details, please visit the master artist details page.

Application fee: $25
  If you have any questions or problems submitting, visit the ACA's How to Apply page
 

Residency Dates: Sunday, October 11 - 31,  2020
Application Deadline: Sunday, May 10, 2020 at 11:59 PM EST
To read the full Master Artist-in-Residence page about this program and its financial aid information, click here.

PLEASE NOTE: Dora García will select four Spanish (citizens) artists and four non-Spanish artists to participate in the residency program. ACA, in partnership with the Cultural Office of the Spanish Embassy (https://www.spainculture.us/) will provide the four Spanish participants with $600 in transportation reimbursements and no charge to attend the residency. All non-Spanish artists may apply for financial assistance.

Residency Statement:
As an artist, I like to challenge received/ conventional ideas on art processes, art production, institutions, and authorship. I enjoy working on the crossovers, intersections, and contaminations of different disciplines, sometimes clearly interconnected, like literature, poetry, cinema and visual arts, sometimes not so easily related, like politics, ecology, history, psychoanalysis, and visual arts. So, I would very much to work with artists of every discipline - not only visual arts- who similarly enjoy Interdisciplinarity, indiscipline, and contamination. Other strong interests of mine more related to working processes are; contexts, site-specificity, popular culture, and audiences. So, the workshop will have an important component of group dynamics (What do we want, as a group?) site specificity (Where are we working?) and the notion of public (For whom are we working, who are we talking to?).

Application Requirements:  
1. Letter of intent - no longer than 500 words, describing your artistic background, current practice, and where you want to go (their future practice). (.pdf, .docx, .doc)  

2. Two images, that can be of your own work, or of something you think represents well your work (.jpeg or .pdf.  -  no more than 5 mb per file.)

Residency Fee:  $900  (Citizens of Spain will not be charged to attend this residency)
Includes a $100 administration fee, weekday meals and housing; does not include artist materials, transportation, or weekend meals.

Scholarships / Financial Assistance
Only accepted Associate Artists may apply for financial assistance. For details, please visit the master artist details page.

Application fee: $25
  If you have any questions or problems submitting, visit the ACA's How to Apply page
 

Residency Dates: Sunday, May 16 to  June 5, 2021
Application Deadline: Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 11:59 PM EST
       To read the full Master Artist-in-Residence page about this program and its financial aid information, click here.

Residency Statement:

Application Requirements:


Residency Fee: $900
    Includes a $100 administration fee, weekday meals and housing; does not include artist materials, transportation, or weekend meals.

Scholarships / Financial Assistance
    Only accepted Associate Artists may apply for financial assistance. For details, please visit the master artist details page.

Application fee: $25
    If you have any questions or problems submitting, visit the ACA's How to Apply page
 

Residency Dates: Sunday, May 16 to June 5, 2021
Application Deadline: Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 11:59 PM EST
        To read the full Master Artist-in-Residence page about this program and its financial aid information, click here.

Residency Statement:

Application Requirements:


Residency Fee: $900
     Includes a $100 administration fee, weekday meals and housing; does not include artist materials, transportation, or weekend meals.

Scholarships / Financial Assistance
     Only accepted Associate Artists may apply for financial assistance. For details, please visit the master artist details page.

Application fee: $25
     If you have any questions or problems submitting, visit the ACA's How to Apply page
 

Residency Dates: Sunday, May 16 to  June 5, 2021
Application Deadline: Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 11:59 PM EST
      To read the full Master Artist-in-Residence page about this program and its financial aid information, click here.

Residency Statement:

Application Requirements:


Residency Fee: $900
   Includes a $100 administration fee, weekday meals and housing; does not include artist materials, transportation, or weekend meals.

Scholarships / Financial Assistance
   Only accepted Associate Artists may apply for financial assistance. For details, please visit the master artist details page.

Application fee: $25
   If you have any questions or problems submitting, visit the ACA's How to Apply page
 

Residency Dates: Sunday, June 27 to July 17, 2021
Application Deadline: Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST
    To read the full Master Artist-in-Residence page about this program and its financial aid information, click here.

Residency Statement:

Application Requirements:


Residency Fee: $900
 Includes a $100 administration fee, weekday meals and housing; does not include artist materials, transportation, or weekend meals.

Scholarships / Financial Assistance
 Only accepted Associate Artists may apply for financial assistance. For details, please visit the master artist details page.

Application fee: $25
 If you have any questions or problems submitting, visit the ACA's How to Apply page
 

Residency Dates: Sunday, June 27 to July 17, 2021
Application Deadline: Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST
     To read the full Master Artist-in-Residence page about this program and its financial aid information, click here.

Residency Statement:

Application Requirements:


Residency Fee: $900
  Includes a $100 administration fee, weekday meals and housing; does not include artist materials, transportation, or weekend meals.

Scholarships / Financial Assistance
  Only accepted Associate Artists may apply for financial assistance. For details, please visit the master artist details page.

Application fee: $25
  If you have any questions or problems submitting, visit the ACA's How to Apply page
 

Residency Dates: Sunday, June 27 to July 17, 2021
Application Deadline: Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST
   To read the full Master Artist-in-Residence page about this program and its financial aid information, click here.

Residency Statement:
This residency is an opportunity for cartoonists/graphic novelists* to focus on their work and interact with accomplished peers. You may be ready to start a new piece, or come with a project that’s already underway. If you plan to come with work-in-progress, please bring work that is not so close to completion that you can’t benefit from critique or suggestion.
We will spend the earlier part of the day working on our projects and join later in the afternoon or evening for group discussion and critique. I’ll also meet regularly with individual artists.
* particularly “auteur” creators; those who are the author of both the images and textual elements of their work.

Application Requirements:
 Your materials may be submitted in any of the following common file formats; .pdf, .jpg, .mp4, .mov, .mp3. If your combined files exceed 25 mb, please organize them in one discrete folder shared on dropbox or google drive and send the link with permission to download your submissions.
 

  1. 3-5 complete comics stories (1-30 pages each) -or- a graphic novel/comic book plus one separate story, 1-15 pages in length). Please compile each story into a single .pdf (don’t submit loose pages).
  2. 2-5 examples of non-comics work, such as painting, sculpture, film, short stories, music, manifestos, performance, academic articles, photography, journalism, etc.
  3. a one-page CV
  4. a one-page description of who you are and how you hope this residency will help you.

 Accepted artists should bring the drawing tools they prefer. Please also bring a blank 5” x 7” sketchbook, a laptop, and a camera or other device with which you can take photographs. Bring examples of previous work (printed or projectable).


Residency Fee: $900
Includes a $100 administration fee, weekday meals and housing; does not include artist materials, transportation, or weekend meals.

Scholarships / Financial Assistance
Only accepted Associate Artists may apply for financial assistance. For details, please visit the master artist details page.

Application fee: $25
If you have any questions or problems submitting, visit the ACA's How to Apply page
 

Residency Dates: Sunday, October 10 to 30, 2021
Application Deadline: Sunday, May 9, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST
 To read the full Master Artist-in-Residence page about this program and its financial aid information, click here.

Residency Statement:


Application Requirements:

  
Residency Fee: $900
 Includes a $100 administration fee, weekday meals and housing; does not include artist materials, transportation, or weekend meals.

Scholarships / Financial Assistance
 Only accepted Associate Artists may apply for financial assistance. For details, please visit the master artist details page.

Application fee: $25
 If you have any questions or problems submitting, visit the ACA's How to Apply page
 

Residency Dates: Sunday, October 10 to 30, 2021
Application Deadline: Sunday, May 9, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST
  To read the full Master Artist-in-Residence page about this program and its financial aid information, click here.

Residency Statement:


Application Requirements:


Residency Fee: $900
  Includes a $100 administration fee, weekday meals and housing; does not include artist materials, transportation, or weekend meals.

Scholarships / Financial Assistance
  Only accepted Associate Artists may apply for financial assistance. For details, please visit the master artist details page.

Application fee: $25
  If you have any questions or problems submitting, visit the ACA's How to Apply page
 

Residency Dates: Sunday, October 10 to 30, 2021
Application Deadline: Sunday, May 9, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST
To read the full Master Artist-in-Residence page about this program and its financial aid information, click here.

Residency Statement:

Art has the power to make visible that which too often goes unseen and unacknowledged. As a multidisciplinary artist, I am committed to making artwork that has a profound impact on viewers’ understanding—both intellectual and emotional.
I’m looking to mentor and work with visual artists that combine disciplines within their practice.
The 3 week engagement will also include a workshop that will address strategies to advance your creative practice.  

Application Requirements:

Your materials may be submitted in any of the following file formats; jpeg, .doc, .docx, .pdf). Please, no more than 5 mb per file.
To be considered, please include the following items…

- CV (no more than 3-pages)
- A short (400-800 words) letter of intent. What you would like to do during the residency.
-What are you current goals as an artist? (400-600 words)
- List 2-5 Prior projects description and documentations (websites, etc.). Submit links in a  
separate document. State your role in the project.
- Send up to 10 images (.jpg)  and/or up to 10 minutes of online video - Please include separate
document with links to online work (YouTube, Vimeo, web site, etc.) (.doc, .docx, .pdf)
Please include image description sheet for slides.

Residency Fee: $900
Includes a $100 administration fee, weekday meals and housing; does not include artist materials, transportation, or weekend meals.

Scholarships / Financial Assistance
Only accepted Associate Artists may apply for financial assistance. For details, please visit the master artist details page.

Application fee: $25
If you have any questions or problems submitting, visit the ACA's How to Apply page
 

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