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Call for Applications:
ODC Resident Artist Program

The resident artist program is a rich opportunity for local contemporary dance and performance artists to develop their creative practice and capacity over the course of three years. ODC’s three-year commitment to selected participants includes artistic commissions, creative space, choreographic and administrative mentorship/support, an annual retreat, technical residencies and preview performances. These opportunities support artists as they undertake basic research and development; fully explore a particular concept/project; and create a strong, but flexible, bedrock to sustain them as they continue to create work, and forge opportunities to increase public understanding of new work, develop their audience base and engage that audience with provocative and meaningful dialogue and feedback.

The Artist-in-Residence Program at ODC Theater is designed to offer a crucial developmental opportunity for Bay Area artists with an active recent history of creation and presentation. Successful candidates will demonstrate a clear and distinct artistic vision, rigor of practice, and point of view through their work.

The next cohort of resident artists and companies will be selected in the spring of 2018 and announced in the summer of 2018.

Please review the following information before completing the application form. Applications are due May 1, 2018 by 11:59pm.

Selection Process

Four artists will be selected by a panel of representatives from ODC Theater staff, ODC/Dance staff, current and past resident artists and a representative from the Dance Jam. Following an initial review of applications and work samples, artists under further consideration will be invited to an interview occurring in late May. Participants will be notified as to the status of their application (accepted or declined for this cohort) by June 18.

This residency is for artists who identify as practicing in contemporary dance or performance, who are working from dance, movement or body-based research. As with any evolving field, we understand disciplinary language is changing and we aim to champion artistic voices who will thrive on a dance campus.

Successful candidates will demonstrate a clear and distinct artistic vision, rigor of practice, and point of view through their work. They will be able to articulate lines of inquiry in their work and the purpose of their practice. They should possess an interest in and sensitivity for the relationship between art-making, service and performance ecologies. They must demonstrate an appetite for being in dialogue and exchange with other creative voices and community. Finally, they should have an understanding of the cultural context of ODC and an interest in being situated at and engaging with this creative campus and its constituents for three years.

As this is a program aiming to cultivate Bay Area choreographic voices, resident artists must live in the Bay Area (counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma) as their primary residence for the duration of the 3-year artist residency. (Should the individual relocate during the course of the program they will forfeit the program services from the time of relocation.)


Preview application questions here.

Questions regarding this opportunity and application process can be directed to

Previous resident artists are not eligible to apply.

ODC Theater Resident Artists (June 2015-June 2018):
Gerald Casel
Maurya Kerr
Nicole Klaymoon
Lisa Wymore and Sheldon Smith

In addition to the four resident artists, ODC Theater hosts four resident companies. In addition to contributing to our city’s cultural life, these artists represent a national dance field context for ODC audiences and other resident artists.
Amy Seiwert’s Imagery
Garrett + Moulton Productions
Hope Mohr Dance