PW Space Residency

Space Residency Program at Performance Works

Deadline for applications: September 30, 2019 (Applications are now closed)

Stay tuned for an announcement of the selected artists!

Boca del Lupo invites artists and companies to apply for their Space Residency Program at Performance Works, which provides a week in the theatre for artistic exploration and incubation. Included in the residency is the use of specialized theatrical equipment with the assistance of technical staff, and production mentorship support for the creation and development of new artistic work. The approximate in-kind value of this residency is $7000.

With over 20 years of experience in creating over 50 original productions, we prioritize applications that share our long-held values of innovation, urgency, diversity and immersive practice. Applications are encouraged from artists exploring immersive performance, unconventional processes, investigations of space and the audience/performer relationship. Multi-discipline/inter-disciplinary artists/groups are also welcome. 

Past & current residencies include:

Quelemia Sparrow’s Skyborn: a Land Reclamation Odyssey by Savage Society
Carmen Aguirre’s adaptation of Medea by Rumble Theatre
Performance Corporation’s Virtual Reality in Performance
The Chop’s Through the Gaze of a Navel
Neworld Theatre’s “Niall and Marcus Talk About Sh!t Niall Likes” by
Marcus Youssef and Niall McNeil
Universal Limited’s Japanese Problem
Mind of a Snail’s Rate of Loss

Work in Progress Showing

Artists will present a showing of their work in progress at 7pm on the Thursday of the residency, for which, Boca del Lupo will provide professional photography. The expected audience for the invited showings is a maximum of 200 people and includes BDL’s audience base, funders, board and staff. Successful applicants will be given the opportunity to add invitees.

The showing can be:

  • A presentation of excerpts;
  • A reading;
  • A show and tell;
  • A facilitated discussion;
  • An explanation of your process; or any combination of these.

The showing is not:

  • Longer than 30 mins – 60 mins
  • An opportunity to host a party, a fundraiser, or an AGM.
  • Anything that takes the focus away from the artistic work.


To apply, please fill out the online application, with the following information:

  • Title of project, contact name, email address and phone number.
  • Bios of all artists involved in the residency; 50 words per artist maximum.
  • Company bio, if applicable; 100 words maximum.
  • Clear articulation of your practice and what you will be investigating (e.g., but not limited to, socially and/or community-engaged practice, installation, micro performance, etc.); 400 words maximum.
  • Proposal describing a) the work to be explored during the residency; b) the goals for the project and for the residency; c) how you envision using Performance Works, and/or how Performance Works, in particular, will benefit the work; and d) any other additional information that you feel would strengthen your application, such as articulating relevance/urgency of work, etc.; 600 words maximum.
  • Is your participation in the Residency Program contingent on funding? If so, please provide more information about your application and notification timelines.
  • Please provide a 100-word description of the project and what you intend to work on for publicity purposes for successful applications.
  • Upload photographs and/or headshots (with photo credits) if you have them. Please note that these may be used for marketing purposes and you must have permission to use them.

If successful, we can provide letters of support for government grants for development, travel and accommodation costs. A minimum of three weeks notice is required to request letters.


Two residencies are available in 2020: August 17-21 and August 24-28. Please indicate your preference (if any) in the application form.

A technician is provided for 30 hours during each residency week. The usual schedule incorporating the 30 hours is as follows:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 10am to 6pm
  • Thursday 1pm to 9pm (showing at 7pm)
  • Friday 10am-12pm strike

Any deviations from this schedule are subject to the approval of BDL and subject to availability. The option exists (pending availability) to extend working hours at the expense of the artist.

Timeline & Notification

Application deadline: September 30, 2019, notification: November 15, 2019

Successful applicants will be contacted directly by Boca del Lupo.  If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Kneale, Artistic Associate at                  

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