The Impact Residency

Vasilia Drebova and Vincent Santvoord performing in "Under Water", a co-production between Built4Collapse and Studio Theatre Vox Populi, LPAC 2016. 

The Drama League Arists Residency Program, made possible in part by the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, gives theater directors and their collaborators unique, supportive opportunities to develop new plays and musicals. Dedicated to focused creative process, and specifically designed to avoid the creative stressors and economic pressures of public performance, these developmental residencies nurture collaboration at its central creative core.

Initiated in 2013, The Drama League Artist Residency Program has already developed many award-winning productions, including The TEAM’s RoosevElvis (Vineyard Theatre, London’s Royal Court Theatre); Ripe Time’s The World Is Round (BAM); Rady&Bloom’s The Upper Room (New Ohio Theatre); Georama (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis); and Piehole’s Hand Foot Fizzle Face (JACK).

The IMPACT RESIDENCY is a partnership between The Drama League of New York and the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center in Queens.

The Impact Residency is a new opportunity for ensembles and devised theatre makers.  The Impact Residency awards a director working with or inside a devising ensemble/company the tools to create an entire new performance piece: development support, rehearsal space, technical staff, mentorship, a 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.

The Impact Residency includes:


Up to 120 hours of rehearsal and up to 30 hours of tech time at LPAC.


The director will receive $10,000, which can be used to cover workshop expenses including the hiring of professional artists or production needs.


The artist will receive periodic mentorship from LPAC and Drama League staff.


The work will receive two in-progress showings at the Drama League Theater Center in Tribeca and a full tech work-in-progress showing at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center to conclude the residency. There is also the possibility of staging the premiere of the work at LPAC.

2017 IMPACT ARTIST IN RESIDENCE: Kevin Doyle/Sponsored By Nobody
Written, directed and designed by Kevin Doyle
Dramaturg: Fannina Waubert de Puiseau
Designers: Jon Bernson, Mayra Castro, Mike McGee
Performed by Mike Carlsen, Josh Edelmann, Sauda Jackson, Eric Magnus,
Katey Parker, and April Shannon Sweeney
THE AЯTS is a three-part work of interdisciplinary theatre under development from the Brooklyn-based theatre company, Sponsored By Nobody. The project investigates and deconstructs the history of public funding for the arts in the United States and contrasts it with events in the European Union, where threats to public subsidy have manifested in recent years. THE AЯTS is based upon transcripts from debates and hearings held in the U.S. Congress from 1963-1965 and 1989-1994; in addition to interviews conducted with arts leaders and citizens throughout the United States and Europe from 2012-2016. During their 2017 Impact Residency, Sponsored By Nobody will focus on Parts One and Two of THE AЯTS by condensing transcripts to revolve around two specific dates: October 26, 1963 and May 19, 1989. The former marks the first public hearings held in Congress on public funding of the arts. The latter marks the formal start of a backlash against arts funding, essentially beginning what we now call “the Culture Wars.” For more information on THE AЯTS, please visit: http://www.sponsoredbynobody.com