Residency Programs at Mount Tremper Arts


COVID-19 Update
MTA is currently open for small group/ensembles, with a priority of rescheduling artists postponed from 2020.

MTA is adopting additional protocols and guidelines for the safety of residents, staff, and visitors. All protocols are available upon request; write to info [at]

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. The operating costs of the residency are $3,000 per week. Residencies are subsidized on a sliding scale to an average of $650 per week. Subsidized Residencies are offered on a first come, first served basis.

For more information on Subsidized Residencies, please write to info [at] Send your company’s name, website or place to view work, preferred date range (be as broad as possible), and a short proposal for the purpose of your residency. 

Family Residency
Thanks to the Sustainable Arts Foundation, Mount Tremper Arts offers Family Residencies to artists/companies for one week. While children are always welcome at MTA, the weeklong residency includes a child care stipend of $1,200 and a travel stipend of $100. It includes use of everything listed in the Subsidized Residencies above.

  • Residents are not required to bring children to the residency, only to use the stipend towards child care.
  • Applications will be reviewed by a panel of past MTA artists and recipient of previous Family Residencies.

Stay tuned for news on the 2021 Family Residency Program.

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 organizations, and curated by the Curatorial Director, a rotating Curatorial Team, or by partner organizations.

Artist Residency Testimonials

"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, director and designer

“MTA is a place to experiment, to try out new ideas with an audiencean incubator and a launch pad. Artists need places like MTA—process oriented, focused on the journey and not just the end product.” —Ellie Ga, writer and performer

“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

"What I treasure about being at Mount Tremper Arts is having the creative space and time to fail, and through failing, finding new and better solutions that made the work stronger....I value how MTA has really considered the residency experience and what it means to support artists in a creative process. Being at Mount Tremper Arts was a full body, mind, spirit immersion, as I was being nourished by the land as well as by the gift of time and space to ruminate in a creative process.” Edisa Weeks, choreographer

Recent Residencies at Mount Tremper Arts

2021 Resident Artists and Ensembles: Rick Burkhardt, Nana ChinaraFalcon Dance, Guggenheim Works & Process, Aina Hunter, International Contemporary Ensemble, Jocelyn Jurich, Molly Lieber and Eleanor Smith, Modern Garage Movement (MGM)National Queer TheaterParsons Dance, POGO Dance Projects, Sinking Ship Productions, Anna Sperber, Tatyana Tenenbaum, Preeti Vasudevan / Thresh DanceEmily Waters (as of March 2021).

2020 Resident Artists and Ensembles: Stephanie Acosta, Maria Bauman-Morales, Gelsey Bell, Becca Blackwell, mayfield brooks, Rick Burkhardt, Jon Burklund / ZANNI Productions, Claire Chase, Yoshiko Chuma and The School of Hard Knocks, Circus Amok, Leslie Cuyjet, Joseph Gordon and Adrian Danchig-Waring, Melanie Greene, Guggenheim Works & Progress, Hudson Valley Movement Collective, International Contemporary Ensemble, John Jarboe, Kyli Kleven, Libero Canto, Movement Research, People's Theatre Project, Radiohole, Antonio Ramos, Tiny Trip, Anna Young.

2019 Resident Artists and Ensembles: 600 HIGHWAYMEN, Hadar Ahuvia, Rascher Alcasid, AUNTS, Ivy Baldwin, Ballez, Bantam Studios, Oren Barnoy, Kimberly Bartosik/daela, Gelsey Bell, Marci Blackman, Becca Blackwell, Lorene Bouboushian, Bowery Poetry, mayfield brooks, Tess Brown-Lavoie, Megan Byrne, Claire Chase, Jaime Shearn Coan, Leslie Cuyjet, Fence, Ellie Ga, Ross Karre, Lazuli, Libero Canto, Jennifer Miller, Movement Research, Mina Nishimura and Kota Yamazaki, Nicky Paraiso, Antonio Ramos, Zachary Richardson, Sophie Sotsky, mike taylor, Tatyana Tenenbaum, Catherine Wagner, Emily Waters, Edisa Weeks, Tara Aisha Willis, Anna Young.

2018 Resident Artists and Ensembles: AUNTS, Baira, Ballez, Bill Barrett, The Illustrious Blacks, Boom Bat Gesture, mayfield brooks, Heather Bryce, Claire Chase, Courtney J. Cook, Lucy Dhegrae, Moriah Evans, Jim Findlay, John Glover, Jacob Greenberg, Nick Hallett, International Contemporary Ensemble, John Jasperse, Sibyl Kempson, Athena Kokoronis + Laurel Atwell, Maciej Lewandowski, Mariangela Lopez, Julie Mayo, Jordan Morley, Elisabeth Motley, Denisa Musilova, Nicky Paraiso, Paul Pinto, Greg Purnell, Resonant Bodies Festival, Roulette, Josh Rubin, Lesley Scammell, Caroline Shaw, Jen Shyu, Sophie Sotsky, Tiny Trip, Ugly Duckling Presse, Edisa Weeks, and Scott Wheeler.

2017 Resident Artists and Ensembles: 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, Ross Karre, 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 Fure, and Leimay.

2020-2021 Artist Residencies are supported with public funds through National Endowment for the Arts CARES Act, NEA Art Works, Small Business Administration's Payroll Protection Program, and Ulster County Industrial Development Agency; lead foundation support for New York City-based artists is provided by Howard Gilman Foundation; lead foundation support for New York City-based dance artists is provided by Mertz Gilmore Foundation; lead support for new music residencies is provided by Chet Kaplan. Thank you.