Mabou Mines Resident Artist Program, established in 1991, is a laboratory for emerging artists to experiment with performance ideas. Once emerging artists ourselves, we understand the formidable pressures upon early career artists and the difficulty in finding a non-academic setting to explore new ideas. We believe that process-focused development is the best way to create original work and that the opportunity can prove crucial to an artist’s career. Mabou Mines’ Artistic Directors see it as our privilege and responsibility to guide new artists along the path we have found so rewarding.

The Program offers emerging artists the opportunity to work in residence at Mabou Mines for six months, receiving mentoring from our Artistic Directors and Associates, a stipend, rehearsal/performance space, and administrative and technical assistance. Participants attend monthly meetings, creating an artistic community through shared ideas in a forum-like setting. Resident Artists show their work at the program’s culmination. The showings are free to the public.

Mabou Mines Resident Artist Program is open to individual artists and small companies of all disciplines – playwrights, directors, performers, poets, dancers, dramaturges, composers, photographers, musicians, choreographers, film & video artists, digital & computer artists – anyone with a compelling performance idea.

Applications are accepted on an alternating “Year A” and “Year B” schedule. “Year A” program is open to the public. “Year B” program is open by invitation only to previous Resident Artists for projects closer to full realization.


The Resident Artist Program will be on hiatus for the 2017-2018 Season.
Please check back in August, 2018 for the next round of applications.


This program is supported, in part, by the Jerome Foundation and with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council.