Theatre-Sensorium Residency

Theatre-Sensorium Residency

The Theatre-Sensorium Residency is a collaboration between York’s Department of Theatre and Sensorium: Centre for Digital Arts and Technology to support the transfer of performance knowledge across academic and arts communities. Drawing on the spaces, technologies, and specializations of faculty and students in the School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design, the residency provides opportunities for artists to develop performance projects within York’s dynamic research-creation environments. Applicants are invited to propose creative projects that use the medium of performance to investigate a research question (or set of questions) that will make a significant contribution to theatre and performance communities. Proposals engaging with innovative approaches to digital media, technology, and/or the sensorium (i.e. multi-sensory perception and embodied experience) are especially welcome. We encourage members of the performance community as well as York Theatre Alumni to apply.

How to apply:

The Department of Theatre and Sensorium: Centre for Digital Arts and Technology invite theatre and performance artists, companies, and/or collectives to apply for an annual short-term residency lasting for 1-2 weeks. The residency will normally take place in the summer months (May-August); in 2019, we can offer residencies during the following dates: May 15-22 OR July 2-22.

Successful applicants will be provided with access to two R&D spaces free of charge for their creative research (a theatre studio in Accolade East, and the Sensorium Loft). In addition, subject to availability and partnerships negotiated by residency co-directors, they may also be provided with access to technological resources within the School of the Arts, Media, Performance, and Design (video and projection equipment, theatre lights, a VR system, etc.).

As part of the residency, artists must provide at least one mentorship opportunity to emerging artists or scholars currently studying in the Department of Theatre (either undergraduate or graduate students). Artists-in-residence will be expected to offer to the general public a showing of the work-in-progress, a workshop, or a discussion of their work, as well as participate in a short video interview for the residency website. The focus of the residency, however, is to provide space for research and exploration of performance ideas and questions, and does not require the presentation of a fully realized work.

Applicants are asked to submit the following to be considered for the Summer 2019 residency:

  • Project proposal and its relation to the applicant’s creative research practice (500 words maximum)
  • Brief bio of individual artist, company, or collective (200 words maximum)
  • Detailed curriculum vitae of applicant(s)
  • The names and contact info of two referees
  • 3 samples of research-creation work: this could include images of work (with relevant captions), links to videos that can be viewed online, published writing, etc.

The application deadline has been extended to April 18th, 2019.

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