Residency Programs at Mount Tremper Arts

Subsidized Residencies
Mount Tremper Arts offers below-market rental residencies open to all performance artists and/or ensembles who create contemporary works of art. Artists have exclusive 24/7 use of the studio building plus a shared kitchen and housing for up to 12 people. Rates are $650 for 1 week and $90 for additional days. For more information on Subsidized Residencies, please contact Crystal Wei. Send your company’s name, website or place to view work, and a short proposal for the purpose of your residency.

Available residency slots can be seen by viewing our Calendar here.

The Watershed Lab by invitation only
The Watershed Lab locates MTA’s work as incubator, residency center, and rural presenter upstream of New York City, where its surging energy sustains a creative symbiosis between rural and urban New York. Its primary streams consist of partnerships with a range of presenters, in which MTA serves as the headwaters—the incubator site supporting the creation of new artworks. Just as the Catskills’ mountains, streams, and reservoirs send water downstream to the city, MTA’s rural setting generates original works—and relationships—that travel downstream to NYC and beyond.

Watershed Lab projects are conducted in partnership with New York City based theaters, presenters, and producers.

Artist Residency Testimonials

“Many organizations tout process as a guiding principle for their vision but at Mount Tremper Arts, creativity and risk taking emanate from the dirt. This idyllic property in the Catskills has the feel of a secular monastery where artists quietly toil at their work. It is a place to ruminate and experiment outside of urban settings and dictates of the market. The excellent food and swimming greatly enhance an atmosphere that takes artists and art making seriously and contributes immeasurably to the betterment of our creative output.” -Tere O’Connor, choreographer and 2011 MTA Festival Residency Artist

"Working at Mount Tremper Arts is a huge part of the DNA of Dream of the Red Chamber. So much so that it feels like it was born there. The residency was so flexible and responsive to our particularly quirky needs, and MTA was so willing to engage and encourage our work that we accomplished a staggering amount of making in our two weeks there. It doesn't seem like it could have been that short. Mixing MTA's deep understanding of what artists actually do and need with the fantastic environment is a pure artistic thrill.” -Jim Findlay, MTA Festival Residency Artist in Theater

Residencies this year at Mount Tremper Arts

2017 Residencies as of September: Aynsley Vandenbroucke, Ivy Baldwin, Allison Blakeney, Sibyl Kempson/7 Daughter of Eve Thtr. & Perf. Co., David Thomson, Brian Rogers, Claire Chase and the PAN project, Mallory Catlett, Adrienne Truscott, Mariangela Lopez, Gelsey Bell, Ars Nova, Asylos, Sister Sylvester, Kim Brandt, Katherine Brook/Tele-Violet, Derek Denckla, Psychic Readings, IONE and International Contemporary Ensemble, Resonant Bodies Festival, and Kristin Worrall.

2016 Resident Artists and Ensembles: Claire Chase, 600 HIGHWAYMEN, Tatyana Tenenbaum, Jim Findlay, The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Anna Sperber, Amanda Gookin, Talya Chalef, Lauren Bakst, David Thomson, Sam Kim, Silas Riener and Rashaun Mitchell, Katherine Brook, Paul Pinto, I Am a Boys Choir, David Gonzalez, Kayt MacMaster, Roger Reynolds, Ross Karre, Paul Hembree, DarkMatter, Takao Kawaguchi, Larissa Velez Jackson, Sibyl Kempson, Aynsley Vandenbroucke, Pauline Oliveros, IONE, Alex Rodabough, Brennan Vickery, Luke George, Megan Byrne, Ashely Furre, and Leimay.

Artists hosted over the 2014-15 season include: Jennifer Monson, Erin Markey, Miguel Gutierrez, Christoper Williams, Studio Reynard, Paul Kite, Claire Chase, Niv Acosta, Jim Findlay, Talya Chalef, Kota Yamazaki, Mallory Catlett, Dylan Crossman, Ryan Muncy, Annie Dorsen, I Am Boys Choir, Vanessa Anspaugh, Movement Research Festival, LEIMAY, Katy Orthwein, and Nat And Veronica.

Jim Findlay "Dream of the Red Chamber"
Jim Findlay's Dream of the Red Chamber, at Mount Tremper Arts, June 2012.