Deadline extended: Apply to perform in the 2016-2017 NextLOOK season


Artist from 2015–2016 NextLOOK performance SWING. Photo by Kintz Photography

Are you a local performing artist who is interested in developing new work? Do you or your company want audience feedback on projects you are designing? Do you value input in your creative process?

Joe’s Movement Emporium and The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center are partnering to co-present NextLOOK, a series especially designed for artists whose works are in the research and development phase of creation. Regionally-based artists are given time, space and dollars to develop new work, in addition to having opportunities to deepen audience interaction and involvement through previews, workshops and feedback sessions. Artists from across the performing arts – including dance, theatre and music as well as cross-genre collaborations – are encouraged to apply.

If chosen, NextLOOK artists will receive a stipend based on a weekly fee for each artist in the group, not to exceed 10 people, total. NextLOOK artists are provided with five days in the theatre of Joe’s Movement Emporium in Mt. Rainier, MD (days do not need to be contiguous). Only minimal tech support is provided for the residency, as it is designed to be about creative investigation rather than production and performance.

Criteria for consideration include:

  • Exciting audience engagement plans or concepts
  • Clarity of residency design
  • Strong support materials

Artists who are selected to be part of NextLOOK must value the opportunity to engage with community members in a variety of settings. There must be at least one public showing and conversation during the residency, and at least one workshop with community members, exploring the artist’s discipline or the subject matter being investigated in the new work. Audience engagement must be designed to ignite interaction and participation with the artist(s) in conversation that provides questions, feedback and ideas about the work in progress.

To Apply

If you are interested in this opportunity, please complete the application by Friday, March 11, 2016 the end of Monday, March 14, 2016 (Deadline extended!) so that we can learn more about who you are and what you would do with this opportunity if you were chosen to participate. Please provide links to any video or audio you have of your work so that we can understand more about who you are and what kind of art you are making.

Decisions for the 2016–2017 NextLOOK season will be made in early May 2016.

For questions about the application process or the NextLOOK program, please contact Jane Hirshberg, Campus & Community Engagement Manager, at or 301.405.8172.