Paul Dresher Ensemble Invites Applications for Artist Residencies

Paul Dresher Ensemble Invites Applications for Artist Residencies

This Deadline Expired: Monday, December 16, 2019

For more than thirty years, the Paul Dresher Ensemble has been a creative force and active member of both the Bay Area and national arts communities.

The Dresher Ensemble Artist Residency [D.E.A.R.] was established in 2012 to support artists in Northern California who are actively exploring new aesthetic premises and pushing the boundaries of conventional art forms and media. The program provides early- to mid-career artists free studio space and up-to-date equipment to create new work in the time-based arts (theater/performance, dance/movement, music/sound art/instrument invention), as well as collaborative and interdisciplinary work. Occasionally, the program will consider applications from more established artists whose work does not receive significant institutional support.

Each residency provides full-time access of up to four weeks in the ensemble’s West Oakland rehearsal studio (40′ x 45′ with sprung dance floor with Marley floor covering) and fabrication shop, as well as access to the studio’s inventory of sound, lighting, and projection equipment. Dresher Ensemble artistic, technical, and administrative staff offer free consultations on all aspects of production, including budgeting, scheduling, contracts, marketing, and fundraising (providing fiscal sponsorship if needed), as well as commentary on work in progress and consultations on performance technologies. Residency weeks may be contiguous or spread out over a period of months. Housing is not provided. The program awards four to six grants annually to individual artists or groups of artists collaborating on a single project.

To be eligible, the lead artist must be a resident of Northern California and must not be a student at the time of the application and residency.

See the Paul Dresher Ensemble website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

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Eva E. Glassworks (Eva Shelley)
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Jennifer Baker
Jennifer Baker

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