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International Summer Program

The 2014 International Summer Program Application has now closed.  

The deadline for submission was Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 5pm EST.

Start your application:  watermillcenter.slideroom.com

Application Guidelines are found below.   

About the International Summer Program

For the past 20 years, The Watermill Center has hosted an International Summer Program led by Artistic Director, Robert Wilson. Each summer, approximately 65 artists from almost 30 countries gather at Watermill’s Long Island, NY six-acre campus. Participants spend two - five weeks in intense creative exploration which provides a unique opportunity to learn from established professionals, particularly the development and performance methodologies of Robert Wilson and his peers; forge lasting relationships with other artists from a broad range of experience levels and disciplinary specificity; develop networks of US and international professional contacts; focus on new work, and embody what it means to be a “global artist.”

Participants receive access to an extensive collection of resources central to the Watermill experience: ongoing apprenticeships and daily workshops with Robert Wilson and his collaborators; lectures on various subjects from theatre and opera innovation, installation, design, and science led by international cultural luminaries, established artists, and scientists; opportunities to develop new work for public presentation during the annual Watermill Summer Benefit and Discover Watermill Day; access to 20,000 square feet of rehearsal/performance/design spaces; a theater production archive; a 6,000 volume library; outdoor stages; the Watermill Art Collection; and the Center’s landscaped grounds.

In addition to workshops, all participants share in the responsibilities of daily life: housekeeping, cooking, cleaning, and maintaining the Watermill grounds and gardens. Daily physical labor, including landscaping and the construction of site-specific installations is an integral part of the Summer Program. This live/work environment reflects the Watermill idea that an artist works differently in an environment that he or she has helped to create and maintain.

All participants are lodged in shared rooms in either the Center's dormitory or rented summer houses. Shared vans are provided for transport to and from the Center. All participants spend the entire day (from 9am to 10pm, seven days a week) at the Center. All meals are prepared with trained chefs and served at the Center.

Admission

An admission committee, which includes Robert Wilson, selects participants according to their artistic ability, achievements, and creative potential, as well as their cultural and professional background. Selection is also partially determined based on the needs of the particular year's workshops, while aiming to ensure a balance between new and returning participants from varying disciplines, countries, and backgrounds. In 2011, over 70 artists and students between 17 and 65 years of age from around the world participated in Watermill's International Summer Program.

Program Costs

Since 2008, the tuition for each International Summer Program participant has been provided in full by the Byrd Hoffman Watermill Foundation. The Foundation spends approximately $8,000 on each artist, which covers housing, food, local transportation, materials needed for work in the program, and the operating cost of the facility. The Foundation raises these funds through sponsorships from foundations, as well as individual benefactors who support the mission of the Center by joining the Watermill Mentor Program. If you are interested in participating in the Mentor Program by sponsoring an artist please contact Elise Herget at (212) 253-7484 ext. 10 or elise.herget@watermillcenter.org.

Participants are required to pay the costs of their own travel to New York and The Watermill Center and for items for their personal use, and are encouraged to find funding individually, if needed, through scholarships, foundations, and grants.

Click HERE to read about the 2013 International Summer Program experience.

 
The 2014 Watermill Center International Summer Program
Application Guidelines

Application Deadline
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 5pm EST

Program Dates
The Watermill Center 2014 International Summer Program will run from July 13 to August 16, 2014.

Contact

Application Requirements

Admission to the program is by selection only. The Watermill Center uses Slideroom to gather applications and work samples for its International Summer Program. All material must be submitted via the online portal through Slideroom – there are NO EXCEPTIONS.

The Application will be available online starting January 6, 2014 at:  watermillcenter.slideroom.com

The online application portal will lead you through the various required questions, attachments, and media uploads (work samples). There is a $10 USD fee per proposal. Payment is accepted on the Slideroom website and pays for the use of the online application portal. If you are unable to make this payment for any reason, please notify us at summerprogram@watermillcenter.org to explain the issue.

Applications are due March 12, 2014 by 5pm EST.

Specific application instructions are available step-by-step on the Slideroom application portal.  

The sections include:

  • Personal Information
  • Qualifications, Interests, and Letter of Motivation
  • Special Opportunities – a chance to express interest in additional participation opportunities.
  • References: 2 references are required – the panel will contact references if they need additional information (letters are NOT required, only contact information at this time)
  • Attachment: Resume / CV
  • Media uploads: images, videos, pdfs, and audio files can be uploaded or linked to.  Specific instructions and requirements are found in the MEDIA section of the Slideroom application portal

All technical questions or issues pertaining to work sample uploads, payment issues, or login problems should be directed to support@slideroom.com.  Additional questions regarding the program should be directed to summerprogram@watermillcenter.org

If you have any work samples that are not electronic that you would like to include, please write to summerprogram@watermillcenter.org to determine if the items are appropriate for the application process.

Application Notification

You can expect to hear from the committee by mid-May via email.  Every applicant will receive updates throughout the review process regarding expected notification dates.  We know that everyone is eager to make plans, so please know that we do our best to review materials in a timely fashion.  Applicants may be contacted for additional information after they have submitted their application.  If you have any further questions that are not explained in the application materials, please contact summerprogram@watermillcenter.org. 

Frequently Asked Questions (NEW!) 

If you are looking for answers to help you complete the application to the 2014 International Summer Program please take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions HERE.  ´╗┐If you don't find your answer there feel free to write to us directly and we will be happy to help.  Contact us at summerprogram@watermillcenter.org.

About the Program

During the Summer Program, every participant works collaboratively across SITE SPECIFIC EVENTS, PERFORMING ARTS PROJECT WORKSHOPS, DESIGN PROJECT WORKSHOPS as well as lectures, landscaping and design/build projects. Artists apply as individuals and work across the programmed projects and events.  The first two weeks focus on the realization of an evening of installations and performances staged across the entire eight acres. Throughout the following three weeks, each day the artists split their time across the total program listed above. All work is delivered through mentorship of Robert Wilson, his collaborators and a cross-section of multi-disciplinary producers and specialists within a workshop environment. 

About The Watermill Center

The Watermill Center is an interdisciplinary laboratory for the arts and humanities completed in 2006 on the Long Island, NY site of a former Western Union communication research facility. Founded by theatre and visual artist Robert Wilson as a place for young and emerging artists to work, learn, create, and grow with each other, Watermill integrates performing arts practice with resources from the humanities, research from the sciences, and inspiration from the visual arts.  Watermill is unique within the global landscape of experimental theatrical performance, and regularly convenes the brightest minds from all disciplines to do, in Wilson’s words, "what no one else is doing."

For more than 20 years, one of the most important programs of The Watermill Center has been the International Summer Program led by Artistic Director Robert Wilson. Each summer approximately 65 artists from over 25 countries are invited to gather at Watermill for five 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. This program requires everyone, regardless of experience, to live and work communally; assisting in chores, cooking, gardening, construction or collection maintenance. This approach is crucial to understanding the collaborative working process and respecting shared resources.

With the opening of its new building in 2006, the Center became a year-round performing arts laboratory for emerging artists. Expanded programs in the spring and fall include workshops and classes, artist residencies, conferences and lectures, and a variety of local and international educational partnership programs. Watermill collaborates with institutions such as Park Avenue Armory, Kampnagel Hamburg, CUNY's Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, ArteEast, Performa, Taipei Cultural Center, Chez Bushwick, CPR – Center for Performance Research, New York Theater Workshop, Summer Play Festival, MRI - Métamatic Research Initiative and RADIALSYSTEM V in Berlin.

The Center seamlessly combines performance and rehearsal sites with working and communal living spaces. Its flexible and multi-purpose interiors house formal and informal performance spaces, the Watermill Art Collection, a selection of Robert Wilson's own furniture designs, an extensive reference library, kitchen facilities, and a dormitory.  The Center is situated on six acres of wooded and landscaped grounds in a rural environment.

The Center is located in Water Mill, New York (Southampton, Long Island), approximately two hours by car from New York City and JFK airport.

The Facility

The Watermill Center is about living and working as a community, so it is necessary that everyone shares responsibilities.  Respecting the building, the site, fellow artists, and the rest of the Watermill community is integral to a successful experience. 

Participants receive access to an extensive collection of resources central to the Watermill experience: ongoing apprenticeships and daily workshops with Robert Wilson and his collaborators; lectures on various subjects from theatre and opera innovation, installation, design, and science led by international cultural luminaries, established artists, and scientists; opportunities to develop new work for public presentation during the annual Watermill Summer Benefit and Discover Watermill Day; access to 20,000 square feet of rehearsal/performance/design spaces; a theater production archive; a 6,000 volume library; outdoor stages; the Watermill Art Collection; and the Center’s landscaped grounds.  In addition to workshops, all participants share in the responsibilities of daily life:  housekeeping, cooking, cleaning, and maintaining the Watermill grounds and gardens. Daily physical labor, including landscaping and the construction of site-specific installations, is an integral part of the Summer Program. This live/work environment reflects the Watermill idea that an artist works differently in an environment that he or she has helped to create and maintain.

All participants are lodged in shared rooms in either the Center's dormitory or rented summerhouses. Shared vans are provided for transport to and from the Center. All participants spend the entire day (from 9am to 10pm, seven days a week) at the Center. All meals are prepared with trained chefs and served at the Center.