cfpa Works in Process Spring 2019 Residency
For Works in Process in all performance modalities
including theatre, dance, music, film, community-engaged performance, and new media

cfpa will choose up to three Twin Cities-based artists at any stage in their careers to bring an existing piece and/or way-of-working into further development during our Spring short-term residency. The key components of this residency are free rehearsal space and mentorship (from a professional whose work intersects with yours, TBD mutually with cfpa; from the cfpa team; and from co-residency artists.) The residency concludes with a public presentation and audience conversation.

Please note: This residency is designed for the deepening and growth of a work already in process. If you need resources for creating a new piece, please consider applying in the late summer for our Fall New Works residency, which is intended to support the invention of new processes and new makings. Details will be available here:


Residency artist expectations:
• Actively interested in connecting with other artists across cultures, disciplines, and traditions.
• Value public engagement in creative process and prepare personal reflections on rehearsal process via images, blog posts, etc. (to be published by cfpa.)
• Host two open rehearsals, attended by chosen mentor, the cfpa team, and others as invited by artist. One will take place in late February; the other will take place in the week before the public presentation.
• Present the work in process, open to the public, as part of cfpa's ReClaim Series on the evenings of Saturday, April 20th and Saturday, April 27th. All residents will present pieces on both nights. The precise scope of presented work will be negotiated between the cfpa leadership team and the artist, after the first open rehearsal. cfpa expects the artist to present enough creative work to engage an audience for 15-20 minutes, to be followed by discussion. A required dress rehearsal will take place on the evening of Friday, April 19th. Artist is encouraged to continue to rehearse and revise in the week between the two presentations.

cfpa's commitment:
• Provide access to up to four (4) hours of free rehearsal/work space each week, between February 18th and April 26th, to be scheduled as available through the cfpa office. *Please note that cfpa has limited available space on weekday evenings.*
• Contact, confirm, and arrange professional mentor participation;
• Host the public presentation, providing:
• Publicity
• Presentation Space
• Static area lighting
• Documentation (video/photo, for unrestricted use by the artist)
• Audience seating
• Post-event refreshments


Application Deadline: February 1st, 2019, 6 pm

Application fee (non-refundable): $30 (Link to payment will be sent upon receipt of application)
Application fees contribute to the cost of application review time, the honorarium paid to each artist's professional mentor, and the stipend for the photographer/videographer to document presentations. Any remaining funds go into cfpa's Artist Development Fund to support future events and residencies.

Please note the selection process for these residencies is competitive and will be based on the artist’s proposed project, quality of work sample, achievability of goals, and relevance to cfpa’s mission and goals. We will announce residency artists on February 6th, 2019.


cfpa's ReClaim series is an assembly space to connect all kinds of audiences, artists, experiences, and stories. Our events explore the vitality and evolution of American identity, and the ways in which creative works reflect our lived experience (or not). Our events grapple with the stories we hear and see, the stories we make and tell, and the ways in which we are (or are not) changed by creative representations of our experiences. We support artists who engage fiercely with the complex and contradictory nature of the human experience. We support audiences who yearn for greater personal engagement between works of art and the daily life of our community. We assemble for lively questions, dynamic conversation, and to encourage new ways of understanding each other’s lives.

cfpa produces art events on most Third Saturdays of the month. All events are Pay-What-You-Can and open to the public.

For more information on the artists and on the series, visit and click on “ReClaim Series.”

Name *
Mailing Address *
Email Address *
Phone Number *
Website (if any)
Please describe the project you plan to work on while in residence. *
What developmental steps has this piece undergone so far? *
What are your goals and desired outcomes for your residency? What are the central questions you want to answer for this piece at this time? *
We ask that the work created during this residency consider audience accessibility. Please describe the ways in which your work provides aesthetic, cultural, and physical access to audience members of many different backgrounds and experiences. *
Please list three local professionals who you are interested in engaging as a mentor/facilitator for your project. (You do not need to have an existing relationship with these people. These people need not be artists, or artists of your discipline, but they do need to be professionals in their own field. cfpa does not guarantee that we will be able to secure a mentor relationship with any of your three interests.)
Work sample: Please paste link(s) to one sample of prior (completed) work. This will help us get a sense of your style, aesthetic, voice, etc. Samples could be 10-15 pages of written work, portfolio photos, and/or a 10-15 minute performance excerpt. (If you are unable to provide an online link, please type "see attached" in the answer box and attach a pdf below.) *
If you're unable to provide links to your sample, please upload your sample.
Please briefly explain the context of your work sample, and how that work relates to the project you are submitting. *
Please attach your resume, c/v, or a detailed biography of your work and/or art-making experience (pdf.) *
How did you hear about this residency? *
Thank you for sharing your work with us. We will notify all applicants of the results of this process by February 6th.
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