Northwest Creator Residency Program

Initially, five residencies were available through open submission. Due to the overwhelming amount of submissions, Village Theatre secured additional funding to support additional residencies. Overall, there were 11 resident creators who worked on 9 new musicals with 11 additional artists.

They include theatre artist Nicholas Japaul Bernard, evolving artist/activist Aaron M. Davis-Norman, musician/performer/collaborator/writer/creator Kevin A. Haylock, dance artist Lisa Kwak, dance artist/creative professional David Rue, writer/performer Be Russell, artist seranine, and evolving artist Porscha Shaw. They join the three previously announced invited residents actor-writer-filmmaker Lauren Du Pree, multimedia journalist and dance artist Imana Gunawan, and designer Lex Marcos.

Each creator received a $1,000 residency to begin work on any new element of musical theatre developed in a digital residency during the 2020-2021 season. Three of these musicals have will be receiving additional developmental support next season.

The new program is designed to foster artists’ humanity rather than focusing on one particular project. Creators were chosen based on their artistic vision, residency goals, and work samples. Artists were encouraged to bring their unique voice and point of view to their project and to create what is most present in their artistic spirit at this moment.

The Northwest Creator Residency program is produced by co-producer Alex Crozier and Village Associate Artistic Director, Brandon Ivie. Submissions were reviewed by Village Artistic Director Jerry Dixon, and a paid evaluation panel made up of Randy Ford (Creator|Advocate), Kathy Hsieh (Theatre Artist & Activist), Nikki Long (dancer/choreographer), and Sara Porkalob (storyteller activist).

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