In 1991, Mabou Mines co-Founder Ruth Maleczech established the Resident Artist Program as a laboratory for early career artists to experiment with performance ideas. As long-practicing artists, the company understands the formidable pressures that early career artists face and the difficulty of finding space to explore and create. We believe that process-focused development is the best way to create original work and that the opportunity to work in this way can be crucial to an artist’s career.
Mabou Mines’ definition of “early-career artist,” is one with a consistent practice who has worked in their chosen field for several years with some recognition, and not reached a point in their career where they are receiving opportunities from high-level presenters, producers, festivals or funders. They have put in the effort of practice, garnered the beginning of a performing history, have begun to hone their aesthetic, and are seeking a means of articulating their creative vision in a more formalized way.