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Artist Applications for the 2013 Naked Stages Program are now available.
Informational Meetings for prospective applicants:
Monday, February 18th at 6:30 p.m.
Pillsbury House Theatre (Map and Directions)
Sunday, February 24th at noon
The Center for Hmong Arts and Talent, 995 University Ave W, Suite 220, Saint Paul
Deadline for Submissions:
Applications must be received by 5:00p.m. March 15, 2013.
Mail or deliver complete application to:
Pillsbury House Theatre, Attn: Naked Stages
3501 Chicago Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55407
About the Naked Stages Program
The goal of this program is to assist artists in acquiring tools to further their performance careers, including workshop opportunities in performance, critical response skills, marketing, and technical production. This program emphasizes the development of artistic process rather than technical production. To this end, artists are not permitted to supplement their technical budget with additional grant funds. Artists are expected to be in residence in the Twin Cities for the mentorship program and production period. This is a time intensive program and artists should consider their ability to commit to the program prior to the application process.
The selected artists meet as a group to participate in workshops and provide a critical and supportive environment for creating work. All parts of this process will be coordinated and facilitated by the Program Artistic Director. Artists receive support for marketing, technical production, and photo and video documentation from the Pillsbury House Theatre staff, as well as program funding for a director and additional artistic personnel. Two artists will share a two-weekend run at Pillsbury House Theatre December 5th – 7th and Dec. 12th – 14th, 2012, and one installation-based artist will set their own schedule depending on their concept.
Changes to the Naked Stages program for 2013
Please note the following changes to the Naked Stages program for 2013 based on feedback from past recipients:
- There will only be three Naked Stages projects selected this year. This allows us to increase the honorarium for artists and their directors.
- Two artists/groups will perform their work on stage over two weekends in December. We are seeking a third artist/group who will apply with a performance-based installation of their own design that will be presented in or around the building in a time-frame that the artist chooses.
- Nationally renowned playwright, touring artist, and teacher Sharon Bridgforth will take on a larger role as mentor throughout the fellowship period alongside Program Director Molly Van Avery. Laurie Carlos is stepping aside from her as Artistic Director of the program. Laurie transitioned Naked Stages from Intermedia Arts to Pillsbury House + Theatre. She infused Naked Stages with her wisdom, her experience, and her faith in artists fearlessly and ferociously for the past several years. She will be missed, though her impact on the program will remain strong.
Application to Naked Stages
Artist proposals will be sought through an open call and through nominations by Twin Cities’ presenters. All applicants, even those nominated, must submit an application and go through the evaluation process. The Program Artistic Director along with a panel of experienced artists and presenters will review proposals. Three artists will be selected to present their work at Pillsbury House Theatre in December, 2013. Selections will be announced and the program will begin in April 2013. Download the Application (PDF) »
2012 NAKED STAGES ARTISTS
WHAT IS ?Pillsbury House Theatre, with support from the Jerome Foundation, seeks to provide a mentorship opportunity for emerging performance artists in Minnesota.
Three emerging artists, funded by the Jerome Foundation, use multiple media, puppetry, storytelling, satire, and movement to present their work to the public.
A creative opportunity unlike any other in Minnesota, Naked Stages is the culmination of a 7 month training fellowship that provides four emerging performance artists with the time, resources, and mentorship they need to bring their distinctive visions to life on stage. In addition to regular feedback sessions, the artists participate in workshops with local creators like Hijack and Pramila Vasudevan, as well as more intensive workshops with nationally-renowned artist Sharon Bridgforth. Once a month, they also participate in production meetings focused on the business side of art, from audience development to technical support, helping to develop their unique voice into a sustainable, artistic career.
Naked Stages performances are the final step of a multi-layered program designed to empower artists to be their most bold and creative and to challenge artists and audiences alike to push past their previous boundaries.
What is Performance Art?
Below is a summary adapted from the essay "Fluid Landscapes," by Lois Keidan and Daniel Brine.
“Performance Art is not a singular form of art, but an umbrella term for work that pushes the boundaries of diverse disciplines. Disrupting borders, breaking rules, defying traditions, resisting definition, asking questions and activating audiences, Performance Art is a research engine where the limits of art and ideas are tested and new possibilities imagined.”