Artist Opportunities

"When people dig into a work of art, they no longer have to ask about its value because they know it." -Eric Booth, Arts Educator & Author

  • Artist-in-Residence Program. The Artist-in-Residence Program provides a year-long opportunity for artists to develop and present their work. Artists are selected because of the quality of their work and the open, welcoming nature of their process.

    Our Artists-in-Residence rehearse and develop their work on-site throughout the year while co-designing community art experiences and projects with the various Settlement programs, including our after-school programs, the Houston Street Center and the Beacon Program, as well as our partner, The Door. Artists can work with specific programs or age groups and propose participant workshops, professional development trainings, community events or interactive art-making experiences.

    Our Artists-in-Residence contribute to our blog, participate in the SHARE! Salon Series and create new work for our upcoming Season. These artists are called upon to cultivate creativity by building diverse, healthy and strong communities.

    Artists-in-residence receive the following support from University Settlement: 

       - Inclusion in all Performance Project promotional and marketing materials
       - Assistance with press and publicity
       - Listing on University Settlement's Performance Project calendar
       - Profiles/highlights in e-newsletters to The Performance Project mailing list
       - 50-100 hours (minimum) of free rehearsal space - possible additional time available
            on site at University Settlement
       - Audience development efforts within the University Settlement community
       - Full tech support
       - Full box office management services
       - A full, formal run of show. 

    Our Application Process
    Our selection process involves two rounds. First, the arts program staff from University Settlement and partner organization The Door - as well as other invited guests - will review the applications and rate them according to artist merit and experience level, and by how compelling we feel the artist and project will be to our communities. Artists will then be notified if they have been selected for the second round and might be asked for additional materials. In the second round, a panel of staff from across our organization will review the finalizes to make selections. 

    We believe it is essential to engage our staff from across programs in the Artist-in-Residence selection process. Opening this process to staff builds a team that is immediately aware of, open to and prepared to fully integrate the selected artists into our community. Applications to the 2016-2017 Artists-in-Residence Program will be available in February 2016. Join our mailing list and be sure to 'like' our Facebook page for further updates!

    Meet our 2015-2016 Artists-in-Residence.

  • Create in Community Space! An initiative of University Settlement's community-based locations, providing FREE SPACE in the evenings to groups and organizations in need of a consistent meeting space.

    Organizations that might be the right fit for this program include dance and theater companies, writers groups, support groups, educational groups, book clubs, chess clubs, and practitioners of yoga, pilates, etc., who are open to working in a shared community space environment. These spaces include gyms, cafeterias, galleries, school class rooms, auditoriums, and more. 

    Participants must not charge any person a fee to be in the space. For more information on how to apply to be a Performance Project Co-Locator, email Lisa Clair at

  • Intern with US! The Performance Project is accepting applications for seasonal internships.

    Applicants must be self-motivated, bright and organized, and interested in learning about the administrative, curatorial and production side of theater. Please send cover letter and resume to Lisa Clair at



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