The Watermill Center’s Artist Residency Program began in 2006, when The Center officially opened as a year-round facility. Each year collectives and individual artists take up residence at The Center to live and develop works that critically investigate, challenge and extend the existing norms of artistic practice. Artists-in-Residence share their creative process with the community through open rehearsals, workshops and artist talks.

Artists-in-Residence receive access to an extensive collection of resources central to the Watermill experience: 20,000 square feet of rehearsal/design spaces and outdoor stages; a theater production archive; The Watermill Center Study Library; The Watermill Center Collection; and The Center’s eight-and-a-half acre landscaped grounds and sculpture gardens.

Applications are reviewed by a distinguished international selection committee composed of artists, academics, and cultural leaders across all disciplines. To date, we have hosted over 170 residencies featuring artists from more than 65 nations.

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BAKIS, Carlos Bunga, Lilian Colosso, Jeremy Dennis, Sebastian Escalona & Josefina Dagorret, Fan Letters, Stacey Goodman, Lexy Ho-Tai The Hutto Project, Marianna Kavallieratos & Dom Bouffard, Lotte Nielsen, NoodleRice, Brian O’Mahoney, Aneta Panek, PHYSICAL PLASTIC, P.L.U.T.O., Lua Rivera, Cleek Schrey, William Stewart, Gillian Walsh, Royce Weatherly, Carrie Mae Weems


7 Daughters of Eve Thtr. & Perf. Co, BOOMERANG, Hans-Jörn Brandenburg, Sophia Brous, Kenneth Collins, Cuerpo Indisciplinado (Undisciplined Body), Joe Diebes, El Colegio del Cuerpo, Francesca Fini, Joss Lake, Zeinab Shahidi Marnini, Armando Mariño, Mary Mattingly, Noel Mckenna, Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener, Sahra Motalebi, Ebe Oke, Andrew Ondrejcak, Alan Lucien Øyen, G.T Pellizzi, Matthew Prest and Clare Britton, Acción Residente, Lisa Ross, Zach Eugene Salinger-Simonson, Basco Vazko, Tori Wrånes, Netta Yerushalmy


Mary Ellen Bartley, Oliver Beer, Cirkus Cirkör, Julian Crouch & Saskia Lane, Tamar Ettun, Geoffrey Farmer, Kristen Foote, Catherine Galasso, Manuela Infante with Teatro de Chile, Tomek Jeziorski, Amy Khoshbin & Sarah Dahnke, Natacha Mankowski, Hélène Patarot, Carlos Soto


Brittany Bailey, Tacy Borg, José Carlos Casado, Maya Chami, Jayoung Chung, Jack Ferver, Fanni Futterknecht & Marianne Vlaschits, Annie Gosfield, Marsela La Grave, Tilman Hecker, Mohammed Kazem, Lydian Junction, Roman Paska, Álvaro Restrepo / El Colegio del Cuerpo, Amber Hawk Swanson, Temporary Distortion, Entang Wiharso


John Atwood, Outspoken Bean, Dictaphone Group, Catherine Galasso, Dance Heginbotham, Cynthia Hopkins, Laleh Khorramian, Christopher Knowles, Roman Paska, Ibrahim Quraishi, Kamala Sankaram, Collaboration Town, VisionIntoArt


Theo Adams Company, John Bock, Nova Jiang, Bridget Leak, Rachel Libeskind, John Messinger Catarina de Oliveira, Tristan Perich, Katharina Schmitt, Samita Sinha, Anna Telcs, Halldór Úlfarsson, Davyde Wachell and Davíð Brynjar Franzson, The Wet Weather Ensemble, Christopher Williams


Abbas Akhavan, Davide Balliano, Keil Borrman, Columbia Arts Collaboration Lab, Degenerate Art Ensemble, Daniel Knox and John Atwood, Krymov Lab, David Levine, Carlos Murillo, Shahryar Nashat, Shirin Neshat, People Get Ready, Sasha Petrenko & WWAWUT, Egill Sæjörnsson, SS, Theatercombinat, Allie Avital Tsypin and Gabrielle Herbst, Tereza Velikova, Megan Whitmarsh and My Barbarian, WorldWideLab: A Directors Festival


Anu Productions, CHOKRA, Collaboration Town, The Constant Reality Theater, Kevin Doyle, Michael Dudeck, Colin Gee, André Gringras, Andreas Hirsch, Erin Leland, David Levine, Judah Mahay, Stary Mwaba, Christopher Roth, Alexandra Sachs, Georgie Roxby Smith, SOBER & LONELY

Applications for the 2019 Watermill Center Artist Residency Program will be accepted from March 1, 2018 through May 14, 2018. The application can be found online at

Residencies are scheduled by mutual agreement between the accepted Resident Artist and Watermill during the following months:

January – June
September – December

Residencies can be scheduled for a minimum of two weeks and a maximum of six weeks during the above mentioned fall/spring periods. There are multiple residencies or “clusters” occurring concurrently, alongside educational and community outreach programming that is scheduled throughout residencies. It is integral to Watermill’s programming that artists live and work together with other Artists-in-Residence as well as the local Long Island community.

Admission to the program is by selection only. The Watermill Center uses SlideRoom to gather applications and work samples for its Residency Program. All material must be submitted via the online portal through SlideRoom. There are NO exceptions.

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 that covers the cost of the application portal. Payment is accepted on the SlideRoom website. This fee doesn’t go to The Watermill Center, but is paid directly to SlideRoom.

Step-by-step application instructions are available on the SlideRoom application portal.

A Selection Committee convenes at the end of June to review proposals. Proposals are evaluated on the basis of the artistic quality of the submitted work samples, the strength and originality of the artist’s ideas, and the specificity of the project as it relates to Watermill’s resources.

Artists-in-Residence are required to conduct at least one public performance or event. This often takes the form of an open rehearsal, a screening, or an artist talk. Workshops and other community events are strongly encouraged. Each artist is also encouraged to have an education component to their residency. Watermill staff will work with you to design an educational activity.

The Watermill Center provides local transportation, housing, and workspace as part of the Artist Residency Program. During the course of the residency, residents are responsible for living expenses such as food, and travel to and from Watermill, and also production expenses such as art materials and supplies, and equipment rentals. Watermill will provide a modest reimbursement to offset these expenses. Additional details will be provided upon acceptance to the program.

If the artist initiates it, The Watermill Center will supply signed letters of support for outside funding and can offer advice for potential funders to underwrite or assist.

Completed in 2006, The Center 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 Center Collection of art and artifacts, an extensive reference library, kitchen facilities, and a dormitory. The Center is situated on eight-and-a-half acres of wooded and landscaped grounds in a rural environment.

The Center does not provide a traditional theater studio environment. We do not presently have a lighting grid or a technical staff to assist with rehearsals and construction. The main studio spaces have black-stained hardwood floors, white walls, and many windows. There is no separation between studio and gallery or living and working spaces, and The Watermill Collection is carefully curated throughout The Center. Artists have the unique opportunity to work amongst these museum pieces and to work with The Center staff to recurate their environments. Watermill encourages artists to engage with the collection and architecture, and to explore all facets of The Center, inside and out.

Basement Level
Epoxy over cement floors, unless otherwise noted
Garage gallery (8′ h x 72′ l x 28′ w [2.5m h x 22m l x 8.5m w)
Rolling garage doors (heated)
Can be used for workspace, office space, and receptions
Research library with print and audio-visual materials
Fully-equipped kitchen
Dining room (capacity: 50)
Outdoor dining courtyard (capacity: 100)
Public bathrooms with showers
3-in-1 handicap accessible
Laundry room with four washers and dryers
Collection archive containing artifacts, objects, and audio-visual materials

First Floor
Rehearsal Room (18′ h x 54′ l x 28′ w [5.5m h x 16.5m l x 8.5m w)
Marley dance floor is available to lay over hardwood floors
Two small studios/galleries
Dormitory (sleeping capacity: 8; additional 4-6 beds available offsite)
Two public shower rooms attached to dormitory

Second Floor
Master residence for staff use only
Two smaller studios/galleries

The Watermill Center is about living and working together communally. As such, it is important that everyone share responsibilities. Respecting the building, the site, fellow artists, and the local Water Mill community as a whole is integral to a successful experience.

For questions about the Artist Residency Program, or for questions about the application, please email
For technical assistance with the application, please contact Slideroom directly at

(This video was created in 2013. While some aspects of the application process have changed, the majority of the information can be applied to this application process.)