The Performance Project @ USS 2024/25 Artist in Residence Program

The Performance Project @ University Settlement

184 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002


Mar 08, 2024


Feb 12, 2024

Applications are now open for 2024/25 The Performance Project at University Settlement Artists in Residence! For 2024 -2025 The Performance Project @ University Settlement is calling for dynamic artists who are ready to engage, connect, and co-create with our communities. Our model continues to move towards greater community engagement centering community voice in curation, production, and decision making. They want to work with artists who prioritize casting and integrating members of our programs into both their creative process and when possible their productions.

The Performance Project welcomes applications from people of all genders, nationalities, races, cultural backgrounds, ages, religions, languages, different abilities, sexual orientations or socio-economic statuses.

This opportunity is open to artists working in the performing arts, including but not limited to dance/movement, spoken word, theater, music, and immersive experiences. Artists must live in New York City. Residencies will culminate in June 2025.

There will be four spots open for 2024/25 Performance Project Artists-in-Residence. One application per artist or company/collective, please.

They are seeking artists who create work that addresses themes resonant with New Yorkers who live in public housing, who are recent immigrants, and who too often do not see their stories and perspectives reflected on the stages of our city. Before submitting an application, they highly encourage you to learn more about University Settlement, the communities it engages with, and the programs it offers. You can visit us online at To see work from our communities and other artists we’ve worked with, visit our Youtube Channel:

For 2024 - 2025, they highly encourage applications from artists who would like to engage with participants and students in University Settlement Senior Centers, Early Childhood programs, and Cornerstone Centers.

If you are a prior Performance Project Artist in Residence from 2018/19 or earlier, they welcome you to apply for 2024/25!

Selected artists will receive:

  • An opportunity to develop a new performance-based project.
  • A stipend of $2,000 (to be paid via check in two payments of $1,000 each at the mid-point and culmination of the residency)
  • $500 reimbursement towards supplies and technical support for culminating event/performance
  • Share of culminating event ticket income
  • Technical and artistic support with community engagements, and culminating projects
  • Rehearsal and performance space in Speyer Hall (184 Eldridge Street) based on space availability


Artists will be expected to:

  • Engage with the University Settlement community in a meaningful way as part of their creative process. This will usually be through workshops or engagements with one of the University Settlement programs other than The Performance Project.
  • Be in regular contact with The Performance Project staff
  • Engage with The Performance Project Fellows by presenting a short 45 minute workshop/interaction during one of the Fellows’ meetings
  • Have a mid-residency sharing of work-in-progress or a public engagement related to artist’s community workshops/engagements (Winter 2025)
  • Have a culminating event or performance at the end of their residency (Spring 2025), incorporating aspects of the artist’s community engagement. Culminating event should be a public event/performance with at least two separate presentations or as decided by artist and Performance Project Artistic Director.

Please be aware that persons selected as 2024/25 Performance Project Artists in Residence will need to be fully vaccinated according to current New York City and State guidelines, which may include a booster shot. At the time of acceptance as an Artist-in-Residence, artists will need to provide proof of full vaccination as defined by New York City and State.