EMERGENYC 2017: Application Guidelines


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

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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
*Please note that the deadline to apply to EmergeNYC 2016 has passed. Applications are no longer open.

1) Completed application form

You must fill out and send the application in full—please see the document download for details. 
*Please note that the deadline to apply to EmergeNYC 2016 has passed. Applications are no longer open.

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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 La MaMa on June 27th.

The program will be divided into three phases:

Phase 1: every Saturday 10am-2pm from April 9th to May 14th

Participants work closely with George Emilio Sánchez in developing performance and activist strategies, such as Boalian techniques, performance art and site-specific interventions. (*Please note that Saturday April 18th's session will be held on Sunday April 19th instead).

Phase 2: intensive daily sessions (10am-5pm) from May 16th-May 21st

Participants work closely with leading practitioners, and explore specific tactics for work in the field

Phase 3: Saturdays May 28th - July 9th

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

Performance presentations (evening of Monday, June 27th)

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

Wheelchair accessibility

The workshop studio at 721 Broadway, where weekly sessions and the intensive week will be held, is wheelchair accessible. The venue for the performance presentations on June 27th (the Club at La MaMa), is not wheelchair accessible. Accommodations will be made for the final projects of participants unable to access the space. 

Application Timeline

Finalists will come in for interviews the weeks of February 22rd and February 29th
Selected participants will be notified by March 7th
Registration payment will be due March 16th
And program activities will begin on Saturday, April 9th