Artist Residency Program
Watermill’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.
International Summer Program
Since 1992, The Watermill Center has hosted the International Summer Program under the direction of Founder and Artistic Director Robert Wilson. Each July and August, a diverse group of approximately 60-100 artists from over 30 countries gather at Watermill’s Long Island site. Participants spend five to six weeks in an intense collaborative creative environment. The Summer Program provides a unique opportunity to observe the development and performance methodologies of Robert Wilson and his collaborators; to work with established professionals in the international performing arts world; to forge relationships with artists from a broad range of experience levels and disciplines; to develop networks of US and international professional contacts; and to investigate what it means to be a “global artist.”
Inga Maren Otto Fellowship
Created with a generous gift from philanthropist Inga Maren Otto, the fellowship provides support for outstanding artists who have demonstrated exceptional creative ability in the arts.
The program represents the depth and breadth of Watermill’s commitment to supporting projects that integrate genres and art forms from diverse viewpoints and that break from traditional forms of representation. Through a residency at The Watermill Center, each fellow is provided with the time and space in which they can exercise creative freedom in the development of new work.
Artists in the International Summer Program and Artist Residency Program have utilized The Watermill Center as a home and a workshop to create and develop works that critically investigate, challenge, and extend the existing norms of performance practice. Today, we annually welcome over 100 artists from across disciplines to create works that engage the local community.