The Watermill Center
The Watermill Center is a laboratory of inspiration and performance, founded by theater and visual artist Robert Wilson, which provides a unique environment for a global community of emerging and established artists and thinkers to gather and explore new ideas together.
Watermill’s Artist Residency Program began in 2006, when The Center officially opened as a year-round facility. Each year collectives and individual artists take up residence at The Center to live and develop works that critically investigate, challenge and extend the existing norms of artistic practice. Artists-in-Residence share their creative process with the community through open rehearsals, workshops and artist talks. Artists-In-Residence receive access to an extensive collection of resources central to the Watermill experience: 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.
Artists are expected to present their work to the community in some fashion, be it an open rehearsal, open studio, artist talk, lecture, etc. Artists are also asked to engage with their Education Programs for local children.
1. Basement Level
Epoxy over cement floors, unless otherwise noted
Garage gallery (8′ h x 72′ l x 28′ w [2.5m h x 22m l x 8.5m w)
Rolling garage doors (heated)
Can be used for workspace, office space, and receptions
Research library with print and audio-visual materials
Dining room (capacity: 50)
Outdoor dining courtyard (capacity: 100)
Public bathrooms with showers
3-in-1 handicap accessible
Laundry room with four washers and dryers
Collection archive containing artifacts, objects, and audio-visual materials
Rehearsal Room (18′ h x 54′ l x 28′ w [5.5m h x 16.5m l x 8.5m w)
Marley dance floor is available to lay over hardwood floors
Two small studios/galleries
Dormitory (sleeping capacity: 8; additional 4-6 beds available offsite)
Two public shower rooms attached to dormitory
3. Second Floor
Master residence for staff use only
Two smaller studios/galleries
Completed in 2006, The Center combines performance and rehearsal sites with working and communal living spaces. Its flexible and multi-purpose interiors house formal and informal performance spaces, The Watermill Center Collection of art and artifacts, an extensive reference library, kitchen facilities, and a dormitory. The Center is situated on eight-and-a-half acres of wooded and landscaped grounds in a rural environment.
Library; printers; full kitchen; laundry washer & dryer; woodshop.