How to apply
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. Applicants must be available for residency between July 11–August 7, 2022. 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.
- Have a look at our frequently asked questions before writing your application.
- Complete the application form.
- We suggest you download and complete the application as a Word document and then cut/paste your answers into the application form. Please note: the online form does not allow you to save the application midway through and you must hit the “submit” button at the bottom to finalize the form submission process.
- For your application to be considered complete, we ask that you submit PDFs of your résumé and the résumés of any key collaborators separately (the online form will prompt you to do this). Please title these “First Name Surname Project Title.pdf.”
- All applications and corresponding résumés are due by 11:59pm on November 19, 2021.
- Applicants will be notified by March 1, 2022.
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- Only electronic submissions will be accepted.
- Please do not submit any materials beyond those required in the application.
- Only complete applications will be considered.
- Please do not call or email Berkeley Repertory Theatre to check the status of your application.
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.
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.