BRIClab Performing Arts Residency

The BRIClab: Performing Arts residency track is for New York City-based performing artists to explore and expand the possibilities of their work in music, dance, theater, and multidisciplinary performance. The support of our staff and resources is at the heart of our BRIClab: Performing Arts program.

Residency Benefits
Who Should Apply
Selection Process

**Due to economic constraints felt across the arts & culture sector, we’ve made the difficult decision to pause the Performing Arts track of our residency program for 2023-2024. This decision was not made lightly, and BRIC remains committed to supporting the lifecycle of artists within the performing arts community. We hope to resume the BRIClab Performing Arts residency at a future date.**


The BRIClab: Performing Arts residency track is for New York City-based performing artists to explore and expand the possibilities of their work in music, dance, theater, and multidisciplinary performance. We will award 8-10 BRIClab Performing Arts residencies during the 2023/24 cycle.

Applications for the 2023/2024 BRIClab: Performing Arts residency are now closed.

Photo By
Toby Tenenbaum
Photo from sleeper (work-in-process) by 2021/22 BRIClab Performing Arts residents Morgaine Gooding-Silverwood and Raquel Chavez


Residency Benefits

  • A stipend of $2500.
  • A 12-day residency in the BRIC House Artist Studio (hours are approximately 8AM – 10PM, daily).
  • Technical support for load-in and load-out, plus 12 hours of production support for rehearsal and performances.
  • Support from residency staff to coordinate all aspects of the residency and performances.
  • A stipend for a mentor and a creative advisor, relevant to the project. Mentor and advisor will be determined in collaboration with BRIC staff.
  • Work-in-process sharing(s) in the Artist Studio at BRIC House.
  • Professional photographic documentation of public sharings, plus marketing support.



  • Artist Studio: a flexible space on the ground floor that is used for creating, rehearsing, exhibiting, and performing across multiple disciplines. This 1,400 square-foot room measures 27’ x 52’ and has a 12′ ceiling height, with a 10’ 9” high grid.
  • Sample Artist Studio Seating Layouts


Who Should Apply

You must be:

  • A New York City based creative, 18 years of age or older.
  • Working on a performing arts piece that is in the middle of its development.
  • Willing to meet with BRIC Production crew and staff to coordinate load in, load out, and production requirements prior to and during your residency (2-4 meetings).
  • Willing to present work-in-progress to the public as part of the residency program.
  • Not currently enrolled in a degree program.
  • Not a previous BRIClab: Performing Arts resident artist.

We are interested in:

  • New work in the performing arts that is relevant to diverse Brooklyn audiences.
  • Feasible residency goals that make use of the Artist Studio and its capabilities and reflect a commitment to process.
  • Artists who are excited to share their work with the public and embrace dialogue with audiences as a meaningful part of their process.
  • Work that reflects thoughtful, creative, and/or innovative processes.



  • Artist Studio Accessibility: The Artist Studio is housed within BRIC House at 647 Fulton St, and has an accessible entrance on Rockwell Place. The Artist Studio is located on the ground floor and is accessible, with an accessible, all-gender restroom on the same level.
  • BRIC is working towards live captioning, via CART, for all performances, and will work with artists to make performances as accessible as possible for artists and audiences.
  • Accessible Modes of Transportation to 647 Fulton St.:
    • Access-a-ride  |  Uber  |  Lyft
    • Accessible Subway Stations
      • DeKalb Av B/Q/R
        • Elevator on SE corner of Dekalb Ave and Flatbush Ave.
    • Bus
      • B25, B52, B26, B38 to Fulton Street and Ashland Place
  • Application Accessibility: If you need assistance accessing any part of this application please contact Jen Tidball at [email protected]
  • Click here to download the application in a PDF format.


Selection Process

BRIClab is prioritizing applications from disabled, BIPOC, and LGBTQ+ artists, as part of BRIC’s ongoing commitment towards addressing systemic inequities in creative fields and industries, and as part of efforts to expand access for disabled artists, audiences, and staff. We interpret disability broadly and include neurodiversity, chronic illness, mental health disabilities, and invisible disabilities, as well as disabilities that affect mobility, sight, and hearing. No one will be asked to verify their disability in any way, and we understand disclosure can be a complicated and personal decision.

BRIClab review panels reflect BRIC’s values and artists, and will be inclusive of disabled, BIPOC, and LGBTQ+ reviewers. Panels are made up of BRIC staff, alumni artists, and active participants in relevant fields. Evaluation will be based on how the goals of the proposed projects match up with resources available; relevant work samples; anfad the creation of diverse and representative cohorts. Artists will receive final word from BRIC by the end of June 2023.

Congratulations to our 2022/2023 BRIClab: Performing Arts residents: Colm Summers; Cleo Reed; David Samuel; EYIBRA; George Del Barrio, J. Bouey, and RHETLAW; James Clements and John Maria Gutierrez; Janelle Lawrence and Sugar Vendil; and What Will The Neighbors Say? with Sam Hood Adrain, Pablo Calderón-Santiago, James Clements, and Coral Cohen! Learn more about our artists-in-residence here.

Major Support

TD Bank Group-The 2022 TD Ready Challenge awards -10 million to

Additional Support

Public Support

The Institute of Museum and Library Services

The National Endowment for the Arts

The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs

Assemblymember Robert Carroll

State Senator Roxanne Persaud

The New York City Council

Private Funding

Bloomberg Philanthropies

Con Edison

The Doris Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

The Harold and Colene Brown Family Foundation

The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation

Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation

M&T Charitable Foundation

The Robert Lehman Foundation

The Scherman Foundation

The Shubert Organization

Tiger Baron Foundation

Numerous Individuals