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Impact Residency Announced

August 8, 2016 / A New Residency for Ensembles and Devised Theater Makers


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Addressing a need in the devised theater community, The Drama League has just announced The Impact Residency, a new opportunity for ensembles and devised theatre makers that is among the first of its kind in the United States.

In an exciting partnership between The Drama League and the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center (LPAC) in Queens, The Impact Residency will award $10,000 in development support, 120 hours of rehearsal space in LPAC's 740-seat Mainstage Theater and 199-seat Little Theater, 30 additional hours of technical rehearsal with a complement of technical staff, a work-in-progress workshop presentation at The Drama League Theater Center in Tribeca, and a presentation of as part of LPAC's Rough Draft Festival, with the opportunity to stage the premiere of the work there as well in the future, if desired.

"There are no greater obstacles for emerging artists than inadequate space, time, and money. This is doubly true of devised theater makers and ensembles, who thrive when these resources are available," said our Executive Artistic Director Gabriel Stelian-Shanks of the new initiative. "With our fantastic partners at LPAC, we are able to offer luxurious amounts of all three, so that these artists can create thoughtful, powerful new pieces for the stage. To create in these wonderful environments, embedded inside one of the world's most diverse communities, will be a dream come true for many ensembles."

LPAC Artistic Producing Director Steven Hitt had this to share, "With this new partnership between The Drama League and LPAC we have the opportunity to impact the lives of our artists and the people of our incredibly diverse community." He went on to add, "Artists have space to envision and create new work. Audiences experience live performance - often for the very first time. With this new model the work is given time to breathe and grow, and change over a period of time; while the topic has the opportunity to influence and change the community."

Under the stewardship of Drama League Associate Producer Travis LeMont Ballenger and LPAC Associate Artistic Director Handan Ozbilgin, The Impact Residency will also feature professional mentorship and encourage new modalities of theatrical creation. "Devised practice puts a director's contributions at the center of an unique ecosystem, and it inspires work that challenges, inspires and invigorates audiences," said Mr. Stelian-Shanks.

The Impact Residency seeks to combat some of the most pressing issues of our time for artists, both financial and technical. By pointing this residency towards ensemble groups, The Drama League and LaGuardia Performing Arts Center further demonstrate our shared goal to do what isn't being done.

Applications for the 2017 Impact Residency will be available September 6th. Bookmark our RESIDENCY page for full application info coming soon.