EMERGENYC 2018: Application Guidelines


ASHLEY BROCKINGTON (EmergeNYC 2015) PERFORMING "MAMA's LI'L BABY" At La MaMa Experimental Theatre.

Download the Application Guidelines 

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Who Is Eligible

EMERGENYC is open to activists/artists/performers who live in (or can easily commute to) New York City during the program. Applicants must have prior experience in various performance genres and/or activist practices. Ages vary from year to year, ranging from 18 to mid-thirties, but on average most participants in the program tend to be in their mid to upper 20s. Workshops are conducted in English.


How to Apply

Please send the following materials to

1) Completed application form

You must fill out and send the application in full—please see the document download for details. 

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 2) A biographical statement (maximum 500 words)

This short statement tells us about who you are, where you are from, your performance background and your current projects.

3) A statement of purpose (maximum 750 words)

This describes the reasons you want to participate in EMERGENYC. Please also describe the specific issues you would want to address through the program and any preliminary ideas about the communities where you would ground this work.

4) Your resume or CV

5) 2 work samples (See Application Form for details)

6) 2 letters of recommendation, which your recommenders must send directly to
7) OPTIONAL: A paragraph explaining your request for financial aid to cover the $1000 tuition 

Be as detailed as possible to help us understand the circumstances of your need. 

Conflicts and attendance

Any conflicts applicants have with the EMERGENYC schedule (see below for general outline, and the Schedule of Events for exact dates) should be made explicit in their application. Please note: Accepted participants with more than two absences, whether excused or not, may not be guaranteed a slot in the workshop performance at Abrons Arts Center on July 13th.

The program will be divided into three phases:

Phase 1: every Sunday (10am-2pm) from April 22nd to May 27th 

Participants work closely with George Emilio Sánchez in developing performance and activist strategies, such as Boalian techniques, performance art and site-specific interventions. 

Phase 2: intensive daily sessions (10am-5pm) from June 3rd to June 8th:
Participants work closely with leading practitioners, and explore specific tactics for work in the field
Phase 3: Sundays (10 am-2 pm) from June 10th to July 22nd:

Participants refine their work for a final presentation, building on the strategies explored through the workshops.

Performance presentations (July 13th):

Participants will share their strategies, performances, and experiences in a public forum.   

Wheelchair accessibility

Both venues are weelchair accessible. Accommodations will be made for the final projects of participants unable to access the space. 
(Wheelchair access at Abrons Arts Center can be found on Willett Street)

Application Timeline

Finalists will come in for interviews the weeks of March 17th to March 23rd
Selected participants will be notified by March 26
Registration payment will be due April 9th
And program activities will begin on Sunday, April 22nd