For the past 17 years, the principal activity of The Watermill Center has been the International Summer Program led by Artistic Director, Robert Wilson. Each summer approximately 60 - 100 artists from over 30 nations gather at Watermill for 5 weeks of intense creative exploration and artistic development. The Summer Program provides a unique opportunity for emerging artists to learn from established professionals in a laboratory environment.
In 2006, The Watermill Center opened its doors and began a year-round Residency Program inviting artists to investigate, challenge, and extend the existing norms of performance practice. Since that inaugural year, Watermill has been both laboratory and home to over 60 international artist residencies.
The Residency Program gives young artists and ensembles the opportunity to explore their own projects while living and working in Robert Wilson’s unique laboratory where studio, gallery, theater and research center combine. Each residency lasts from two to four weeks and culminates in a public presentation of their work and process.
Community members engage in the work of the Center, not only as audience for Residency presentations, lectures and screenings, but also as participants and collaborators within Education and Outreach workshops, and users of the Library and Collection.
Beyond Long Island, Watermill is dedicated to maintaining a strong network for its residents by helping them make connections within the larger New York metropolitan arts scene and throughout the Watermill international artist and alumni network.