The Performance Project @ University Settlement

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184 Eldridge Street New York, New York

Since 2007, The Performance Project @ University Settlement has been offering local young artists and professional emerging artists opportunities to connect, create and publicly present new work. We support artists who are interested in how live art can heal, empower and activate. The artists we work with commit to organizational and creative practices that promote trust, imagination and power-sharing. Our incubator for the next generation of citizen artists is fueled by our distinct, yet connected, cohorts: the Artist-in-Residence Program, The Performance Project Fellowship Program for Early Emerging Artists, our Community Arts & Culture Councils for Public Housing Residents and our annual PerformanceMaking Intensive for Young Artists & Leaders. We also host other community programs and dynamic guest artists seeking an affordable and supportive opportunity to self-produce their work.


We have our fellowship program, which is for younger emerging artists, generally between the ages of 18 and 26… who have a background working in their own personal communities, who may like the idea of personal activism and are trying to explore what more of that is. – Emma Rivera

The Performance Project @ University Settlement offers 2 residency opportunities for early career artists: The Play Tank Performance Intensive and The Performance Project Fellowship. They also offer another residency open to choreographers, theater artists and interdisciplinary performance artists who will be supported in creating a new work. Addiitonally, they host a performance series, SHARE!, that honors artists at every stage of development on one equal platform. The Performance Project manages space rentals for Speyer Hall: ideal for dance, theater, film, concerts and public events such as lectures/ storytelling events, celebrations, fundraisers and conferences or workshops.

For more information on The Performance Project’s artistic opportunities, visit their website