Call for Proposals: 2015 First Floor Studio Residencies

The HB Studio Artistic Council is now accepting applications for the 2015 First Floor Studio Residencies.

Deadline for Proposals: Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Selected Projects will be announced by: Monday, January 19, 2015

HB Studio is dedicated to training and practice for the theatre. The Studio will, at intervals throughout the year, make workshop performance space available in our First Floor Studio, for the development of creative projects that further the training and artistic practices fostered at HB. The Studio is not a producing organization, nor should these presentations be construed as “showcases.” Rather, we offer an opportunity for practicing theatre artists to collaborate on experimental projects, to be shared among peers and colleagues, for constructive critical feedback and mutual growth. 

Eligible Projects may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Workshop productions of new plays
  • New play readings
  • New/exploratory staging of existing works
  • Devised or improvised work
  • Musical theatre works and theatre works incorporating music
  • Movement-based theatre work

While we can offer access to rehearsal and performance space, HB is unable to offer financial support for these performance projects. Thus the ideal projects for this opportunity will be those that cultivate a “no budget” aesthetic – self-produced, bare bones, using invention to create the scene, with hand-made, gathered, or borrowed equipment. Limited temporary storage can be made available during the 4 weekends of production offered in our First Floor Studio space.

Six performance slots will be made available during 2015. Each project selected will be given 4 weekends (Saturday and Sunday evenings) to work after HB’s regular class hours (from 4pm) in the First Floor Studio Space. These dates may be used for rehearsal, presentation, or for both. The projects selected will also be given access to free rehearsal space elsewhere in the Studio (up to 9 hours weekly for up to 8 weeks) as it becomes available on the weekly schedule.

Projects may be performed for an invited audience of friends, peers, HB students and faculty, and will be announced via the Studio’s weekly notice and Facebook postings. Residency guests are encouraged to gather and share feedback on their work-in-progress, and are asked to provide an evaluation of their experience at the end of the project period.

Proposals should include the following:

  • A brief program description
  • Bios for the key participants
  • A copy of any scripted text to be used in the presentation.
  • Photos, drawings, designs or other visual materials that will help express your conception for the project.

You will be asked to indicate your preference(s) of these available slots (each slot spans 4 weekends):

  • Project #1: February 28 & March 1 / 7 & 8 / 14, & 15 / 21 & 22, 2015
  • Project #2: April 4 & 5 / 11 & 12 / 18 & 19 / 25 & 26, 2015
  • Project #3: June 20 & 21 / 27 & 28 / July 4 & 5 / July 11 & 12, 2015
  • Project #4: August 1 & 2 / 8 & 9 / 15 & 16 / 22 & 23, 2015
  • Project #5: September 19 & 20 / 26 & 27 / Oct 3 & 4 / 10 & 11, 2015
  • Project #6: October 31 & Nov 1 / Nov 7 & 8 / 14 & 15 / 21 & 22, 2015

You will be asked to provide answers to the following questions:

  • Who will direct the project?
  • Who will serve as the project’s producer?
  • Who will be the contact person for the project?
  • Will there be an HB mentor associated with the project, or may we suggest one?
  • Who are the participants?
  • Are there union artists involved?
  • What are the artistic goals of the project?
  • What is the project’s history (how did it come about)?
  • What clearances are required to present the performance text?
  • How will the production be fulfilled? What special materials, equipment, or technical support are required, and how will the project’s participants handle those needs?
  • How will the project be assessed during and after completion?
  • What is your anticipated project timeline?
  • Estimated project cost (if any)? How will you handle these costs?
  • Sources of support and volunteer assistance? How will you manage the run of your show?
  • How will the participants benefit from the project (what developmental purpose will it serve?)