Established in 2014 through a partnership between The Clarice and Joe’s Movement Emporium, NextLOOK supports the development of new music, plays, dance and other experiences by performing artists based in DC, Maryland and Virginia who want to understand how their audiences can become a creative partner. 

Artists selected to be part of NextLOOK receive

  • A stipend based on a weekly fee, ranging between $2500 and $5000, total, depending on the number of artists; 
  • Five (5) days in the theatre of Joe’s Movement Emporium in Mount Rainier, MD for project design, rehearsal, audience engagement and performance; NextLOOK artists must present at least one public showing of their work. 
  • Support from staff of The Clarice and Joe’s Movement Emporium to construct innovative methods of deepening the audience’s involvement in their creative process. 

Additionally, NextLOOK artists must commit to become part of a Residency Planning Cohort, made up of other artists selected to be in the current NextLOOK season, along with staff members of Joe’s and The Clarice. 

By removing logistical barriers and providing a sounding board for artists creating new work, NextLOOK invests in the regional DC/MD/VA arts ecology and creates an accessible, exploratory environment that connects intriguing artists with adventurous audiences. All performances are held at Joe’s Movement Emporium and are pay what you wish. 

NextLOOK 2019-20

Are you a performing artist living in the DMV area? If you are, consider applying for the 2019-20 season of NextLOOK, a partnership between Joe's Movement Emporium and The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, for artists to develop new work.

The deadline for applications has been extended to Friday, March 8, 2019.

We are no longer accepting applications for NextLOOK 2019-20.

View the NextLOOK performances for the 2018/19 Season


The following artists have participated in the NextLOOK series

Dior Ashley Brown (Baltimore, MD)
Alexandra Kelly Colburn (Suitland, MD)
Orange Grove Dance (Takoma Park, MD)
alight Dance Theatre (Takoma Park, MD) 

Flying V (Bethesda, MD)
Scott Patterson & Afro House (Baltimore, MD)
Happenstance Theater (Rockville, MD)
Orange Grove Dance (Takoma Park, MD)
Meghan Abadoo (Mount Rainier, MD) 

Taurus Broadhurst Dance (Washington, DC)
BodyWise Dance & Margot Greenlee (Washington, DC)
Clown Cabaret (Maryland)
Yoko K. (Washington, DC)
UpSpring Studio (Mount Rainier, MD) 

Pointless Theatre (Washington, DC)
Vincent E. Thomas/VTDance (Washington, DC)
BOOMscat (Washington, DC)