ARTIST RESIDENCY PROGRAM
REC ROOM ARTS' ARTIST RESIDENCY PROVIDES ESTABLISHED ARTISTS, AS WELL AS YOUNG, FRINGE, AND EMERGING ARTISTS OF ALL DISCIPLINES, A PLACE TO DEVELOP AND PERFORM NEW WORK.
Rec Room supports the development of new work by inviting artists to propose, create, and present works of theatre, dance, music, opera, performance art, film and more. We are interested in artists who work to bend and break the rules of conventional performance.
WHAT DOES THE PROGRAM OFFER?
The Artist Residency Program provides workshop and performance opportunities for performing artists of all disciplines to hone and develop new work. Artists of all mediums are encouraged to apply to the 2018 Artist Residency program, taking applications now through November 15th. Finalists will be announced mid-December.
Additionally, the residency program will now provide artistic and business-related mentorship and education for one calendar year. Artists will also be provided daytime rehearsal space, technical support, artistic feedback, marketing/PR, and box office/front of house management. Each artist will be provided a $300 performance stipend.
The month of January is filled with weekly workshops and seminars lead by business and marketing professionals to help participating artists gain insight into the business side of their art. Some of the questions we will work together to answer include: "How do I get people in the door?" "How do I market myself?" "How do I create a promo video and other catchy content?" "How do I carve out an effective social media presence?"
In the spring, each resident will be given one week of studio time and one week of rehearsal time, culminating in a weekend of performance dates open to the public. There will be a talk-back after each opening night performance so artists can get a feel for the audience’s response and the overall impact of their work.
For the remainder of the residency year, artists are given an artistic home at Rec Room. Residents are part of a cohort of six artists who support each other's work throughout the year. Resident artists are given consideration for Rec Room's main stage productions. Throughout the year, each resident is encouraged to pitch performances to be produced at Rec Room. Artists are provided free tickets to all opening night performances, as well as discounted tickets throughout the year.
Application Deadline - November 15, 2017
Start of Residency - January 7, 2018
January Seminars - January 7, 14, 21 & 28, 2018*
Residency Festival - February 15-March 31, 2018**
End of Residency - December 31, 2018
REC FEST DATES
Artist Residency 1
Studio Time - February 5-10
Rehearsal Dates - February 12-15
Performance Dates - February 16, 17
Artist Residency 2
Studio Time - February 12-17
Rehearsal Dates - February 19-22
Performance Dates - February 23, 24
Artist Residency 3
Studio Time - February 19-24
Rehearsal Dates - February 26-March 1
Performance Dates - March 2, 3
Artist Residency 4
Studio Time - February 26-March 3
Rehearsal Dates - March 5-8
Performance Dates - March 9, 10
Artist Residency 5
Studio Time - March 12-17
Rehearsal Dates - March 19-22
Performance Dates - March 23, 24
Artist Residency 6
Studio Time - March 19-24
Rehearsal Dates - March 26-29
Performance Dates - March 30, 31
*Please note, all seminars and workshops are mandatory.
**Residents are required to attend each other's shows.
WHO SHOULD APPLY?
Artists of all mediums are encouraged to apply to the Artist Residency program.
Rec Room's Artist Residency Program is funded in part by the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance