The Watermill Center / Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab Partnership

The Residency Program at the Watermill Center has partnered with Lincoln Center Theatre Director’s Lab to create a special residency. Director’s Lab alumni can apply to The Watermill Center following their program at Lincoln Center. Each accepted application then has a workshop presentation both at The Watermill Center and at Lincoln Center.

The Watermill Center Residency Program opens their online application process February through May. The applications are reviewed mid-July by an International Selection Committee. We inform the successful candidates late July.

Click HERE for information about The Watermill Center Residency Program.

Click HERE to read the 2012 / 2013 Residency Program Application Guidelines.

Click HERE to read about the 2011-2012 season.

General Information about The Watermill Center programming can be found in our brochure. Click HERE to download.

During the 2011-12 Residency Season, there were two opportunities to see Director’s Lab at Lincoln Center alumni following their Watermill Center residency experiences which you can read about below.  More information will be posted regarding the 2012 / 2013 season after the selection of the artists in July, 2012. 

WorldWideLab: A Directors Festival Planning Committee (made up of members of the 2010 Lincoln Center Directors Lab)

October 2011 at The Watermill Center (date tbc) November 2011 at Lincoln Center (date tbc)

This residency will reunite directors from over seven countries for a collaborative retreat. The goal is to generate greater focus and structure for an intended International Directors Lab Festival – a one to two week presentation of director-driven work to occur concurrently in various cities worldwide sometime during the calendar year 2012. The week-long residency will include planning and discussion, workshopping, and artistic experimentation. They will present a talk at both The Watermill Center and Lincoln Center in the Autumn of 2011.

An Untitled Opera: Based on the story of Milli Vanilli Joe Diebes, Christian Hawkey, and David Levine

Workshop Presentation of New Opera at Lincoln Center, March/April 2012 (They were in residence at The Watermill Center in April 2011)

In 1992, the music industry was rocked by scandal. International pop duet Milli Vanilli were caught lip-syncing months after collecting a Grammy for Best New Artist. Five years later, their awards revoked, their recordings destroyed, their money gone, singer Rob Pilatus died of a drug overdose in Cologne. The story is classically operatic: a Faustian bargain, a public disgrace, theft of the human voice. But it is also contemporary: technology and human song; the fate of artistic ambition in the age of mechanical reproduction. Composer Joe Diebes, poet Christian Hawkey, and director David Levine are creating a contemporary opera exploring these themes, through an experimental and non-linear format, but written for trained singers and opera houses. Director’s Lab alum, David Levine, will also be available for questions about his experiences and how it has informed his practice, with Watermill Center Director, Sherry Dobbin.  To read more and watch a video from their Watermill Residency click HERE.