The Watermill Center’s Artist Residency Program began in 2006, when The Center officially opened as a year-round facility. Each year collectives and individuals take up residence at The Center to live and develop works that critically investigate, challenge and extend the existing norms of artistic practice.

The Artist Residency Program is process-based, without the expectation or promise of a final exhibition of the work. Watermill provides artists with time and space to focus on developing their practice in a communal environment that encourages experimentation. 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 (housed in New York City); The Watermill Center Study Library; The Watermill Collection; and The Center’s ten acre landscaped grounds and gardens.

Applications are reviewed by a distinguished international committee composed of artists, academics, and cultural leaders across disciplines. To date, we have hosted over 200 residencies featuring artists from more than 65 nations.

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Candace Hill Montgomery, Nene Humphrey, Tahir Carl Karmali, Qinmin Liu, Paige Mazurek, Regina Parra, Nicole Pasulka, Yapci Ramos, Saint Genet, Zeinab Shahidi Marnani, Claire Watson

Due to COVID-19, the following artists have been rescheduled to 2021:

Pawel Althamer, Ville Andersson, Matthew Craven, Martha Hincapie Charry, Gozde Ilkin, Tomashi Jackson, Courtney Leonard, Paula Aros Ghol & Projecto Cosmos, Naufus Ramirez-Figueroa, Rachel Dickstein & Ripe Time, Marie de Testa, Lucie Vitkova

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Afua Ansong, Mallory Catlett, Emily Furr, Shaun Gladwell, Judith Hertog, Dawn Kasper, Raja Feather Kelly, Kirk Knight, Laurie Lambrecht & Toni Ross, Mountain Time Arts, Eileen O’Kane Kornreich, Lynsey Peisinger, Jeffrey Perkins, Cleek Schrey, Andrina Smith, Lucien Smith, Lars Daniel Rehn, Marina Rosenfeld, Maya Watanabe & Agustina Munoz, Ni’Ja Whitson, Sasha Wortzel, Colectivo Zoologico

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Ville Andersson, ANTIMÉTODO, Jarrod Beck, Tania Bruguera, Anne Carson, Jayoung Chung, Lauren DiGiulio, El Colegio del Cuerpo, Saskia Friedrich, Molly Joyce, Masako Miki, Iva Radivojevic, Hugh Ryan, Bastienne Schmidt, John Stintzi, Tercer Abstracto, Barthélémy Toguo, Boris Willis, Joe Zorrilla

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Maria Jose Arjona, ChameckiLerner, Hsaio Chen, C. Ryder Cooley, Robin Deacon, Laboratorium Erb, GirlMachine, H*E*R*D Group, Bryan Markovitz, Katharina D. Martin, Birgitte Moos, Sarah Ortmeyer, Katherina Radeva, Joshua Seidner, Steven Vega, Les Vraoums, Wakka Wakka Productions, Caroline Woolard


Reuben Butchart, Collaboration Town, Implied Violence,  Igor Josifov, Klingon Terran Research Ensemble, Elke Luyten, Camille Morin, Kate Mueth, Real Circus & Terra Nova, Le Theatre de Microsysteme, Theater Mitu, Jorinde Voigt, Andrzej Wirth, Ralf Ziervogel


Body Building Project, The Chase Brock Experience, CollaborationTown, Ana Cruz & Paulo Diegues Vieira, Elina Hanhivaara, The Hotel Savant, Chevaux Légers, LEIMAY AcTS LAB, Elke Luyten, Makram Hamdan Dance Company, Daria Martin, Oona Spengler, The South Wing


Nazanin Fakoor, Jakob Friis & Julie Lindhardt, Moving Theater, The South Wing

Applications for the 2021 Artist Residency Program are open from January 6, 2020 through April 3, 2020.


  1. Applications are accepted through the online portal, SlideRoom at – We do not accept application submissions outside of SlideRoom.
  2. SlideRoom will lead you through the various required questions, attachments, and media uploads (work samples).
  3. There is a $10 USD fee per proposal that covers the cost of the application portal. Payment is accepted on the SlideRoom website.
  4. Please don’t wait until the last minute to submit your application. With many applicants waiting until the last minute to submit their applications, there can be technical difficulties on the day of the deadline. We don’t want you to miss the ability to submit your application because of this or any other unforeseen issue.
  5. We do not accept late applications. There will be no extension on the deadline.
  6. Applicants will be notified on the status of their application by mid-July. Acceptance and rejection notifications are sent at the same time.

For all technical questions or issues pertaining to work sample uploads, payment issues, trouble submitting, or login problems, please email

For all questions regarding the Artist Residency Program or the application process, please first refer to our info packet and FAQ. If you’re unable to find the relevant information, then email us at


Q: When does the Artist Residency Program occur?

Residencies are scheduled by mutual agreement between the accepted Resident Artist and The Watermill Center during January-June and September-December. Residencies can be scheduled for a minimum of two weeks and a maximum of six weeks. Please view the application to get a better sense of exact start and end dates.

Q: Is there anything required of Artists-in-Residence?

Residents are required to participate in In Process @ The Watermill Center, which invites the community to engage with our Artists-in-Residence on select Saturday afternoons through open rehearsals, workshops, studio visits, lectures or artist talks. In Process typically occurs midway through an residency, and is focused on giving the you the chance to share your artistic process with the local community, and get feedback on the project under development

Workshops and other community events are strongly encouraged, but not required. Each artist is encouraged to have an education component to their residency. The Watermill Center staff will work with you to plan and design education programming.

Q: How much does it cost to participate in the program?

There are no fees for participating in the Artist Residency Program.

During the course of the residency, residents are responsible for living expenses such as food, travel to and from Watermill, 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.

The Watermill Center provides local transportation, housing, and workspace.

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.

Q: Can I interact with The Watermill Collection?

Yes! The Watermill Collection is available as a source of inspiration and for you to engage with. Artists-in-Residence can re-curate their work space with the objects of their choosing. The collection includes textiles, visual art works, outdoor installations, as well as a large assortment of charis, not all of which are appropriate for sitting. Please consult The Watermill staff before moving or utilizing an object of the Collection.

Q: Can I view what’s in The Collection before I arrive?

The Watermill Collection is constantly being re-curated as new pieces are added, objects on view are rotated with objects in storage, and as some pieces go on exhibition across the globe; as such, we are unable to provide an accurate list of what will be on view during the course of your residency. We recommend joining us during one of our many year round tours of the Center to get a better idea of The Collection.

If you’re interested in interacting with certain objects (textiles, vessels, chairs, Paul Thek works, etc) you can note so on your application under “Project Needs.”

Q: Are the facilities shared? How many Artists-in-Residence are on site at a given time?

The Artist Residency Program is a communal program, there are multiple residencies occurring concurrently, with anywhere from 3-15 artists on site at a given time. It is integral to Watermill’s programming that artists live and work with other Artists-in-Residence.. Educational and community programming is also scheduled throughout residencies.

Q: What are the housing accommodations?

Housing and bed arrangements vary based on the needs and number of the Artists-in-Residence. The Watermill Center has several different housing situations, including an on-campus dorm and separate living quarters. Most bedrooms are shared (2 beds) and all bathrooms are communal.

Artists coming alone will not be expected to share a bedroom. Artists coming with collaborators may be expected to share sleeping quarters. Please indicate any special housing needs on your application.

Q: Is The Watermill Center handicap-accessible?

The building is generally accessible by wheelchair (with a few exceptions) and the building is equipped with an elevator. The Watermill Center grounds and gardens are not wheelchair friendly and include rough or rocky terrain that can be difficult to navigate. Special arrangements can be made for those with audio/visual impairments, if given advance notice.

We advise arranging to visit the space prior to applying.

Q: Are pets allowed?

Pets are not allowed at The Watermill Center. We have an on-site cat, Jasmine, who does not welcome other furry friends.

Q: Can I bring my family or children?

We allow families on a case-by-case basis. Generally, we only allow families where all members are collaborators on the project. Families with children under the age of 10 are not accepted.

Q: Is smoking allowed onsite?

The Watermill Center building as well as all other indoor spaces associated with the Center are strictly non-smoking. Smoking is allowed outdoors. Please pick up all cigarette butts and dispose of them properly.

The Artist Residency Program is a communal program, there are multiple residencies occurring concurrently, with anywhere from 3-15 artists on site at a given time. It is integral to Watermill’s programming that artists live and work with other Artists-in-Residence as well as the local Long Island community. Educational and community programming is also scheduled throughout residencies.

Q: What type of transportation is available?

The Watermill Center provides Artists-in-Residence with vans to use for local travel.

The Watermill Center is located in rural Long Island, and it is highly recommended that an artist or one of their collaborators have a valid license for driving in the United States. Grocery stores, supply shops, and recreational centers such as the beach are not within walking distance from The Center. Taxi services, including Uber and Lyft, are available.

Q: What recreational or extracurricular activities are available?

The Watermill Center is just a short car ride away from many activities, including the beach, local museums and galleries, as well as many shopping centers. We also have onsite a large library at your disposal, as well as beautiful gardens and outdoor spaces. The Watermill Staff is happy to recommend activities for your down time.

Watermill is located within the center of the Hamptons, an area of the United States noted as a summer get-away for the wealthy. As such, prices of everyday items can be more expensive than expected. The Center staff is happy to help you find affordable options for shopping and dining, but we recommend budgeting accordingly.

Q: What kind of facilities does Watermill have?

The Watermill Center combines performance and rehearsal sites with working and communal living spaces. Its flexible and multi-purpose interiors house formal and informal studio and performance spaces, The Watermill Collection, an The Watermill Study Library, kitchen facilities, and a dormitory. The Center is situated on ten acres of wooded and landscaped grounds in a rural environment.

The Center does not provide a traditional theater studio environment. We do not 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.

Q: Is there a black-box?

The Watermill Center does not have a black-box, or any work area without windows. We are able to shutter windows in certain workspaces, but there is often bleed of natural light from other rooms.

Q: May I bring my own materials to the residency?

Yes. The Watermill Center does not provide materials outside of basic office supplies.

Q: What equipment is onsite?

The Watermill Center is only able to provide modest audio/visual equipment, as well as a color printer. Please note The Watermill Center does not have on-site Tech Assistant, and you should be prepared to manage your own technical needs. Please contact us at if you have any questions.

Q: Who is responsible for the care of the facilities?

The Watermill Center asks that Artists-in-Residence care for their own workspace, and return it to its original condition at the end of their residency. There is a weekly cleaning crew who takes care of general facility tidying, but they will not disturb/enter your workspace, and only focus on communal areas. Please consult a staff member before making any alterations to your space.

Q: How is studio space allocated?

Space at Watermill is allocated as-needed. Artists are asked to notate in their application what type of space they require. (studio space, office space, rehearsal space, indoors, outdoors, etc)

The Watermill Center Artist Residency Program is a communal experience, and Artists-in-Residence may have to share spaces. The Watermill Center staff makes all efforts to schedule residencies in a manner that reduces the stresses of space-sharing.


Q: Can you waive the application fee?

No. The $10 fee is required and goes directly to SlideRoom, which collects and stores applications online. The fee does NOT go to The Watermill Center. As such, we are unable to waive the application fee.

Q: I don’t have a credit card to pay the application fee, what should I do?

Applicants lacking a personal credit card have been able to successfully process the application by asking a friend, family member or colleague to help by using their credit card to make the payment online. You can begin the application immediately without paying any fee. The fee is only due when you complete the application and wish to submit it.

Q: My credit card is based on a currency other than US dollars.

The SlideRoom portal will accept any major credit card for payment and will convert your local currency into the US dollar equivalent at the time of payment.

Q: I would like to upload or link to media (videos or music) that is longer than 3 minutes.

We ask applicants to limit their samples to 3 minutes as we are restricted by how much time we can spend on each application during the review process. With hundreds of applications to evaluate comprised of thousands of media samples we are obliged to limit the material we receive if we are to respond to the applicants within a reasonable timeframe. We encourage you to cut or edit your content into a 3-minute segment to ensure that it be properly reviewed. If your media is longer than 3 minutes there is a risk that it will not be completely evaluated. We know that this restriction is not ideal for everyone and we regret the inconvenience.

Q: I have a text I want to submit that is longer than 5 pages / My portfolio is in PDF format but is longer than 5 pages.

As with video and sound files we are limited by the amount of content we are able to review. The PDF option is available so that applicants can offer text or specially formatted material. If you have a long text to submit, please upload it in sections. PDF documents longer than 5 pages will not be reviewed in full. We know that this restriction is not ideal for everyone and we regret the inconvenience.

Q: My work is not presented in English.

We accept media samples (video, photos, visual art works) in any language, but the review panel will be conducted in English. If you are worried about communicating your ideas to the panel you may wish to translate these or a portion of these for submission. Please ensure that all of the form questions are answered in English. Of course, we actively solicit applicants from all over the world and are pleased to see material in different languages, but our capacity to review such material may be limited.

Q: I am waiting for some last minute video material to arrive; can I submit it after the deadline?

No, all media must be submitted online through the SlideRoom portal by the application deadline. Once the portal is closed no further adjustment of your application will be possible.

Q: I have a lot of material on my website. Can I link to it?

We have a section on our forms for you to provide your website information if you so choose. The panel may visit your website should they require further information, but it is not guaranteed, so please ensure that you upload any material you wish to be reviewed directly into the SildeRoom portal in the MEDIA section.

Q: Where do I upload my letters of recommendation?

You don’t! We do not require letters of recommendation at this time.

Q: Will the deadline be extended?

No. Please make sure to submit your application as early as possible, ideally one week before the deadline, so as to avoid any potential problems. We do not accept late applications.

Q: When are the Residencies announced?

The acceptance/rejection notification will go out in mid July each year. The announcement is made public on our website and through the press in mid-November.

Q: Who is eligible to apply?

The Artist Residency Program is open to national and international artists 21+ years of age. A variety of disciplines are accepted including, but not limited to: visual arts, media/new genre, performance, architecture, film/video, literature, interdisciplinary arts, and music composition. Solo artists or collaborative groups (such as theatre or dance companies) are welcome to apply.

Watermill Alumni are allowed to re-apply after a one year hiatus from the program. Alumni seeking residency must submit a complete application including recent work samples and current resume. Preference may be given to applicants who have not previously attended.

Artists enrolled in an academic program during the time of the residency opportunity are not eligible to apply.

A working knowledge of English is helpful for international artists, as an interpreter will not be provided.

The Watermill Center is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all persons regardless of race, sex, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and disability. For special needs or questions about accessibility, please

Q: How are residencies selected?

Artists-in-Residence are selected based on the following criteria

  • artistic merit of the proposed project and past work samples
  • the feasibility/logistics of the project while at Watermill, including project needs during the course of the residency
  • how the project/artist will benefit from a residency at The Watermill Center

Applications are reviewed by an in-house selection committee to review the project’s needs during the residency timeline, before being passed on to an external committee of arts professionals who will review the artistic merit of the project, and make the final selection.

Q: If I am not accepted, will I receive a critique / explanation?

Due to the large volume of applications, we are unable to give individual feedback on applications. We strongly encourage artists to reapply.

Common reasons for rejection include, but are not limited to

  • Weak work samples and project concept
  • Applicant is requesting a performance venue or exhibition space, where we only provide space to develop work
  • Project needs exceed the scope of what The Watermill Center can offer
  • A residency at The Watermill Center does not seem vital to the life of the project. (ie: unclear why the project/artist needs this residency)

Q: As an artist I have a carefully constructed identity / I prefer to use my stage name.

We require that applicants furnish their legal details (name, date of birth, etc.) in our application. If you have an artistic name you might indicate that in the nickname field. There are several opportunities to explain your artistic identity within the application’s forms.