International Summer Program at The Watermill Center

International Summer Program at The Watermill Center

Since 1992, The Watermill Center has hosted the International Summer Program under the direction of Founder and Artistic Director Robert Wilson. Each summer, approximately 60-100 artists from over 30 countries gather at Watermill’s Long Island, NY site. Participants spend five weeks in an intense collaborative creative environment. The Summer Program provides a unique opportunity to observe the methodologies of Robert Wilson and his collaborators; to work with established professionals in the international performing arts world; to forge relationships with artists from a broad range of experience levels and disciplines; to develop networks of US and international professional contacts; and to investigate what it means to be a “global artist.”

The Summer Program participants receive access to an extensive collection of resources central to the Watermill experience: lectures on the arts, sciences and humanities; opportunities to develop new work for public presentation during The Annual Watermill Center Summer Benefit & Auction and Discover Watermill Day; 20,000 square feet of rehearsal/design spaces and outdoor stages; a theater production archive; The Watermill Center Study Library; The Watermill Center Collection; and The Center’s eight-and-a-half acre landscaped grounds and sculpture gardens. Participants will also have an opportunity to audition for Robert Wilson’s staging rehearsals and take part in workshops with his collaborators. Throughout the entire summer, all participants share in the work, both creative and physical, on a rigorous schedule under the direction of Robert Wilson and a professional staff. Artists apply as individuals and participate in all aspects of the programmed projects and activities.

The 2018 Watermill Center International Summer Program will run from July 16 through August 18, 2018. A selection committee, including Robert Wilson, chooses the Summer Program participants. Participants are selected based on their artistic abilities and objectives, achievements, and creative potential, as well as how they might be served by, and contribute to, the Summer Program at Watermill. Selection is also determined based on the needs of the particular year’s workshops and activities, the need to maintain a diverse group of participants from varying disciplines, countries, and professional and artistic backgrounds, while aiming to ensure a balance between new and returning participants.

Since 2008, the tuition for each International Summer Program participant has been provided in full by the Byrd Hoffman Watermill Foundation. The Foundation spends approximately $8,000 on each artist, which covers housing, food, local transportation, materials needed for work in the program, and the operating cost of the facility. The Foundation raises these funds through sponsorships from foundations, as well as individual benefactors who support the mission of The Center by joining the Watermill Mentor Program. All participants are lodged in shared rooms either in The Center’s dormitory or in rented summerhouses. Vehicles are provided for transport to and from The Center within the Hamptons area. All participants spend the entire day (from 9am to 10pm, seven days a week) at The Center. All meals are prepared with trained chefs and provided on-site.

Participants are required to pay the costs of their own travel to New York and to The Watermill Center. The Watermill Center does not cover the cost of personal use items, and participants are encouraged to find individual funding, if needed, through scholarships, foundations, and grants.

The application for the 2018 International Summer Program is available online, with deadline February 17, 2018 at 11:59pm EST. There is a $10 USD fee per proposal that covers the cost of the application portal. Payment is accepted on the SlideRoom website.

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