2-6 Weeks
Paid by host:

The Watermill Center provides local transportation, housing, and workspace as part of the Residency Program. If the artist initiates it, The Watermill Center will supply signed letters of support for outside funding and can offer advice for potential funders to underwrite or assist.

Paid by artist:

During the course of the residency, residents are responsible for living expenses such as food, and travel to and from Watermill, and also production expenses such as art materials and supplies, and equipment rentals. Watermill will provide a modest reimbursement to offset these expenses. Additional details will be provided upon acceptance to the program.

Application guidelines:

Applications for the 2024 Residency Program are now open. Applications will be accepted through February 13, 2023, 11:59 PM EST.

Applications are accepted through the online portal, SlideRoom. SlideRoom will lead you through the required questions, attachments, and media uploads. There is a $12 USD fee per application. Payment is accepted on the SlideRoom website.

They strongly advise submitting your application early. With many applicants waiting until the last minute to submit their applications, there can be technical difficulties on the day of the deadline, including payment processing.

Please note: they do not accept late applications. There will be no extension on the deadline. Applicants will be notified of the status of their application by mid-July. Acceptance and rejection notifications are sent at the same time.

For all technical questions or issues pertaining to work sample uploads, payment issues, trouble submitting, or login problems, please email [email protected]. Please refer to the FAQ below for all questions regarding the program or the application process. If you cannot find the relevant information, email us at [email protected].


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The Watermill Center

The Watermill Center


The Watermill Center is a laboratory of inspiration and performance, founded by theatre 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 theatre 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.

Studio Information

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
Fully-equipped kitchen
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

2.First Floor

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

Accommodation Information

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.

Technical Information

Library; printers; full kitchen; laundry washer & dryer; woodshop.

Contact information

39 Watermill Towd Road
Water Mill, NY 11976
United States

info [at]