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Artist in Residence

Artist in Residence


The Artist in Residence program hands the mic to ambitious artists, curators and collectives eager to connect with live audiences, creating something new together in real time.

Our upcoming Artist in Residence features The Civilians, a theater company that is dedicated to ambitious and exuberant new theater that creatively interrogates our lived experience; questions and tests the stories that shape our world; and awakens new thinking and perceptions. Its signature work is “investigative theater”—projects created through field research, community collaborations, and other methods of in-depth inquiry.

Shows originated with The Civilians include Anne Washburn’s Mr. Burns, a post-electric play, cited by The New York Times as the “4th Best Play of the Past 25 Years,” and Lucas Hnath’s Dana H., recently on Broadway and included in Top 10 of 2021 lists by The New York Times and Time magazine. Other shows include José Rivera’s Another Word for Beauty, and many works with composer Michael Friedman: Gone Missing, Pretty Filthy, Paris Commune, and more.

The Civilians has participated in several BAM Next Wave Festivals, has been produced at many major regional and Off-Broadway theaters, and was the first theater company to be Artist-in-Residence at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. With Ghostlight Records, The Michael Friedman Recording Project is creating nine albums of our founding member’s works. The company sustains a number of artistic programs including new work development, a cabaret series for new musicals, the R&D Group new work lab, the online journal Extended Play, and more.

Upcoming Events

Artist in Residence: The Civilians: Liveness: A Performance Made From The WNYC Archives

7:00pm - 8:30pm ET

Artist in Residence

For the second installment of their residency, The Civilians present “Liveness: A Performance Made From The WNYC Archives.” The evening features interviews with New York City-based artists in the 1970s selected from the WNYC archives to create a portrait of the city from that time.
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