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How to apply

The Ground Floor application window for the 2022 Summer Residency Lab has closed. Please check back for more information on applications for 2023.


We invite artists to apply with projects that would benefit from a residency in Berkeley for 1–4 weeks. Berkeley Rep will provide transportation and housing for out-of-town residents, rehearsal space, basic technical support, and a modest stipend. Previous applicants may reapply. There is no limit on the number of projects an artist may apply with. We do accept applications from international artists.

Projects may be anywhere along their development path: from an idea without anything on paper yet, to a complete draft of a text. Whether you are a writer simply needing a room in which to write or an ensemble wanting intensive rehearsal time, we encourage you to apply. Artists from other disciplines interested in creating theatre pieces are also very welcome. If your project is ready for a small audience, we are happy to provide that, but there is no requirement for any kind of culminating event. Past participants have held events that were open to the public, no final presentation at all, small closed readings, and everything in between.

This is a developmental residency. Projects looking for a full production are not eligible. If you are applying for an adaptation, please have the underlying rights already secured. We do not accept scripts along with application forms. If a proposed project makes it to the second round, we will then request a work sample, which may include whatever is already written, if applicable.

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Special thanks

The Ground Floor is supported by Louise Gund and Frances Hellman & Warren Breslau, with additional funding provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Tournesol Project, and Bank of America.


What artists say about the Summer Residency Lab

Ground Floor was deeply transformative to our play. The workshop helped us feel empowered to break free of some of our (self-imposed) structural rigidity. Thanks for finding the money and the space and the energy to make it happen. Thanks to our time in Berkeley, our ensemble relationship is deeper and more filled with loving trust.

Sharon Greene, Summer Lab 2018

The Ground Floor is a rare program. It is a residency that allows their artists to pivot and potentially redefine how they will work on a project. There are not many programs that have both the infrastructural flexibility and the deep understanding of artistic process to shift that rapidly.

Mfoniso Udofia, Summer Lab 2017

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