The Residence@95 program is designed to showcase the diverse and vibrant New England performance community in presenting new and original works by dance companies, solo performers or performance groups. The Residence@95 program is designed to make theater accessible and strengthen the community by giving access to artists not otherwise able to afford or navigate theater rental. Burgeoning artists and seasoned theater professionals alike looking for a flexible, affordable and supportive performance space will find a welcoming “home” in our Residence@95 program. The flexibility of the space makes it ideal for works in progress, finished works, festivals and premiers.
What can Residence@95 Offer an artist making new or original work?
- Flexible and affordable theater space
…including use of scene shop at no additional cost
- Rehearsal space prior to your Residence@95
- 501c (3) status for fiscal sponsorship through AS220
- Modern theatrical sound and lighting equipment
- Marketing support, including programs and posters for residencies printed onsite at the AS220 print shop. We promote you on our website, we put you in the AS220 newsletter and calendar, and we wear your buttons and wave your banners.
- Box office management, including online ticketing option
- $150-250 stipend if your residency event includes workshops, classes or other educational components.
- Cash bar at no additional cost (to help loosen up your audience)
… catering packages available through AS220 FOO(D)
What is a Residence@95 Like?
Standard Residence@95 is two weeks but can be anywhere between 1 and 3 weeks, with a minimum of 4 shows.
Residence@95 is a co-production effort insofar as that it makes up the core of 95 Empire, and therefore receives substantial support as detailed above, but groups are still expected to be self-sufficient in creating their own work.
Okay but how much does it cost?
You don’t pay anything to do your show. Your Residence@95 can cover associated costs. The first $1250 of the gate goes to 95 Empire and then the rest is a 75/25 split. Sure, that may sound like a lot but most residencies have covered this easily, sometimes in their first weekend.
How much do I charge people?
Our tickets are priced at between $8 -16 to keep the work accessible to everyone and keep the audiences coming. So anywhere in that range is fine.
What about the ASCAP/BMI boycott, does that meant I can’t use any of the songs I want in my show?
ASCAP/BMI regulations DO NOT apply to music used during live performance (PHEW!), so you’re all set to recreate Tom Cruise’s underwear dance from Risky Business. BUT, only the music during the performance is covered.
What about rights to plays?
Most Residence@95 events don’t have to worry about rights because they are original works, but we also allow productions of rarely produced work, and in those cases you are responsible for obtaining dramatic rights.
Sounds good! How do I apply?
Visit the 95 Empire website and fill out the booking form below.
“Without 95 Empire’s support, the art would not have been seen, our education efforts would not have reached members of the community and transformative dialogue would not have taken place. Simple as that.” –Michael Williams, AntiGravity Theater
Previous Residents at 95 Empire
March 2012: Strange Attractor Theater - ‘A Terrific Fire’
March 2012: The Wilbury Group – Cyrus Leddy’s ‘Destefano on the Air!’
April 2012: Elemental Theater Collective- ‘Vacancy’
June 2012: Providence Improv Fest
July 2012: Sarah L Reiter- Andy Kaufman’s ‘Bohemia West’
August 2012: Manton Avenue Project- ‘ My Blue Planet- The Ocean Plays’
September 2012: Leigh Hendrix- ‘Hamlette’
October 2012: AntiGravity Theater Project- Erik Ehn’s ‘Yermedea RAW’
November 2012: Elemental Theater Collective- The Neo-Futurists’ ’44 Plays for 44 Presidents’
January 2013: Modern Gloom- ‘Scenes from a Marriage’
February 2013: Folk Mantra Collective- ’New Weird America’
March 2013: Casey Llewellyn- ’Come in. Be with me. Don’t Touch me.’