Choreographers’ Residency at Boston Center for the Arts
Call for Applications 2016-2017 Season

Program Overview
The Choreographers’ Residency program at the BCA allows choreographers to create new work by providing free rehearsal and performance space, technical and administrative support, and direct financial assistance to be used at the artist’s discretion. As the host for the selected companies, the BCA helps develop an audience for residency events, enabling the artist to focus completely on the creation of work and immersion into the process. Currently in it’s seventh year, this program adds a supportive system for dance in Boston and builds the selected dance company’s repertoire to increase the amount of high quality dance in New England.

Deadline for applications: Monday, June 20th by 5 pm

This season, up to three dance companies will be invited to participate in the residency program. Selected artists will be considered in residency throughout the year with a specific residency studio session that will last for four to five weeks. During their residency studio session, the selected dance companies will have unlimited rehearsal time within Calderwood Pavilion operating hours: weekdays 8am – 11pm, Saturdays 12pm – 11pm, Sundays 12pm – 10pm.

About the BCA
For more than 40 years, Boston Center for the Arts (BCA) has served as a not-for-profit, multidisciplinary arts center that supports working artists to create, perform and exhibit new works; develops new audiences; and connects arts to community. We are the foundation and catalyst for creation and experimentation and an artistic home for emerging, mid-career and established visual and performing artists.

The residency must be used to create new work or adapt existing work. The selected company must use the majority of studio time for rehearsals of that work.

Selected companies are required to host both public program events and a Choreographers’ Residency showcase, and to list Boston Center for the Arts in connection with work that is created or developed during the residency. Choreographers are expected to actively promote their residency events with BCA-developed marketing materials and in cooperation with BCA staff.

With this season’s more open residency format, selected artists will be considered in residence throughout the full season and are encouraged to activate and connect with the BCA outside of their specific residency session timeline.

Public Programs
The proposed public programs should connect with the artist’s company mission, area of expertise, or proposed concept to be developed during the residency. The program or series of events must be free to the public and should aim to connect the BCA and the Resident Choreographer with the community through workshops, open rehearsals, focused events, showings, etc.

Artists are encouraged to propose specific public program concepts or a collection of proposed events outside of the master class format and reach past their preferred residency session timeline to engage audiences throughout the season. Past examples of selected events include: choreographic classes for teens that led to their inclusion in the residency showcase, an interactive workshop for dancers and non-dancers using text messaging as a way to develop choreography, pop-up performances throughout the BCA campus and a cross-disciplinary discussion focused on topics relevant to aging artists. The BCA will work with artists to refine and develop these public opportunities.

Choreographers’ Residency showcase
The Choreographers’ Residency showcase will be a performance that will feature any work created during the residency and may include other company repertoire. The event will be held for an audience of approximately 50 per show and scheduled in coordination with the BCA. Limited lighting and sound capacity will be provided in coordination with the Residency Technical Director.

Additional Artist Information
Residencies will be held in Martin Hall in the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. The studio is approximately 1677 square feet with windows, hardwood sprung floor, and mirrors. No hard-soled shoes may be used throughout the residency and no materials may be attached to the studio walls or hung from the grid without specific BCA staff approval. If your proposed concept includes large amounts of fabric or other material, appropriate fire certificates must be obtained from the City of Boston.


  • Artists must submit proposals and be accepted to participate in this program.
  • Applicants must have at least three years of professional choreographic experience.
  • Once awarded a Choreographers’ Residency (formerly called Dance Residency) slot, artists must wait at least three full seasons before reapplying for the program.

This program is open to a range of dance genres and not limited to Massachusetts-based choreographers. We welcome applications from throughout New England. Artist stipend does not include transportation or local housing. Traveling artists must be prepared to cover those expenses.

Program Benefits
The Resident Choreographer will receive:

  • Four to five weeks of free rehearsal/performance space for an intensive creative process.
  • The opportunity to perform new and existing work in an alternative theatre space.
  • A stipend of $1000 to be used at the resident company’s discretion.
  • Assistance from Technical Director with lighting design and production labor.
  • Access to lighting and sound equipment for showcase performance including risers, pipe & drape, approx. 18 lighting instruments, PA system for sound.
  • Support for public program development and execution.
  • Inclusion in BCA program listings and website.
  • Two hours of business and career consulting with Debra Cash, Director of Boston Dance Alliance.

One company will be selected for each residency session. The 2016-2017 season will include up to three residencies through the same call for applications. Season residency sessions will fall within the dates of:

  • Monday, October 17 – Monday, November 14, 2016 (4 weeks)
  • Monday, January 9 – Monday, February 13, 2017 (5 weeks)
  • Monday, May 22 – Monday, June 19, 2017 (4 weeks)

How to Apply
Applications for all residency sessions are due on Monday, June 20th by 5 pm

Applicants will be notified of their candidacy by the end of August. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Please apply through this online form:

Applications will be judged on:

  1. The quality of work shown in the video sample and overall level of professionalism displayed
  2. Proposed concept of work to be developed during the residency
  3. Unique methods of engagement through public program proposal

Andrea Blesso Albuquerque, Senior Program Manager is available to answer any questions you may have at

For further information please visit:

Image: Resident Choreographer Anna Reyes Dance by Steve Wollkind