Jerome Foundation AIRspace Residency

The Jerome Foundation AIRspace Residency Program offers a range of support to artists, including workspace; in-progress performances and exhibition opportunities; funds for commissioned works, along with opportunities to collaborate on projects with the broader Henry Street Settlement and Lower East Side communities. The four artists selected will receive 200 hours studio time, a commission of five thousand dollars for the creation of a new work as well as administrative support.


2019-2020 Residents


Image: Pascal Sonnet. dancer: Christopher “Venxm” Brathwaite
  • IT’S SHOWTIME! NYC (IST) is a NYC-based dance team based in–and celebrating–NYC and its street culture. ISTand provides performance and professional development opportunities to street and subway dancers. Now in its fourth year of activity IST has more than 30 members and is one of the largest street dance companies Their project, WHAT TIME IS IT?(WTIS) is a multi-disciplinary performance which uses video and street dance movement to inject the voices and choreography of underground dancers into the larger dance landscape. inviting the audience to discover NYC through the embodiment its own street culture.


Image: Laura Bluher
  • METTE LOULOU VON KOHL is a multimedia performer and wanderer who grapples with her past to complicate her present and conjure her future. Locating herself within a lineage of resistance, Mette Loulou explores her role in the struggle for Palestinian liberation by weaving movement, words, and video into the exploration of her embodied histories. Her project, NO ONE LIKES AN UGLY REVOLUTIONARY is a multimedia exploration of the historic figure, Leila Khaled — a resistance fighter for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. Navigating the space between reverence and fetish, Mette Loulou grapples with Khaled as an idol to shed light on her diasporic longing,  uncover her internalized racism, and orientalism of her own history and culture.


Image: Leila Jacue for DXIX Projects
  • JEREMY TOUSSAINT-BAPTISTE is a New York-based artist, composer, and performer who received a Bessie Award for Outstanding Music Composition/Sound Design in 2018. He has presented visual and performance work at spaces including MoMA PS1 (NY); Performance Space New York (NY); The Brooklyn Museum (NY); The Kitchen (NY); The Studio Museum in Harlem (NY) and was a 2017 artist-in-residence at Issue Project Room. His project GET LOW (BLACK SQUARE) is a “hyperaudible” object-environment; a lightless and intensely intimate sensorium where inaudible tones are physically felt within the body, provoking feelings of pleasure, pain, or longing. The piece exists as two simultaneous events: a formal chorus and dance and a more fluid, social mode of performance.


Image: Katie Marshall
  • ALEXANDRA TATARSKY makes art at the unfortunate in-between zone of comedy, dance, theater, and deluded rant… sometimes with songs. Her work seeks the logic of the clown as an antidote to despair and as a model of one who keeps trying despite (repeated) failure. Alexandra’s work has been performed at venues including Brooklyn Museum; MoMA PS1; New Museum; The Kitchen; and Judson Church. Alexandra writes on spambot poetry, shanzhai lyrics, and grotesque politics for publications including New Inquiry; Hypocrite Reader; ArtReview Asia; Garlands; Spike; and Folder. Their project, SAD BOYS IN HARPY LAND, offers a savagely humorous feminist revisiting of Dante’s Inferno where harpies peck at bleeding trees, their branches breaking and their thoughts disordered. It will explore what we can learn from the dark woods of despairs, in contrast to a moralizing, medicalizing discourse on depression.


2018-2019 Residents

With support from The Jerome Foundation, a cohort of up to four early career performing artists are annually invited to participate in our Jerome Foundation AIRspace Residency for Performing Artists. Jerome AIRspace artists receive two hundred hours of fully subsidized studio time in any of our performance studios and theaters, production residencies that guarantee at least one week exclusive theater access, as well a commission for a new work to be presented at Abrons as part of our performance season.








NIC Kay is trans disciplinary artist working with and through performance. Their work has been presented in Europe and the United States. NIC attended Professional Performing Artist School in (2007) and NYU Hemispheric Institute EMERGENYC (2009). NIC has been a Chances Dances – Marc Aguhar Memorial Grant  (2015) and Movement Research Van Lier Fellow awardee (2017). Their work lil BLK was presented in American Realness 2018. NIC was also a performance artist in residence at the Museum of Art Design and a resident artist at Pioneer Works (NY) in 2018. [website]







Morgan Bassichis is a comedic performer whose shows have been described as “out there” (by Morgan’s mother) and “super intense” (by Morgan). Morgan’s recent projects include a collaborative musical adaptation of Larry Mitchell and Ned Asta’s 1979 fairytale-manifesto “The Faggots and Their Friends Between Revolutions” at the New Museum, and “More Protest Songs!” at Danspace Project. Morgan has presented work at Artists Space, Poetry Project, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Recess, and the Whitney Museum, and lives in New York City. [website]










Jonathan González initiates questions of corporeality to compose materials and choreographies as they relate to economies of creative labor, black non-life, and abstraction. Works have been presented among others by Danspace Project, Museum of Modern Art, and La MaMa.










Ashley R.T. Yergens is a byproduct of growing up on tater tots and WWE SmackDown. He’s a 2018-2019 Jerome Foundation AIRspace Resident at Abrons Arts Center, where his first evening-length performance prettygirl264264 will premiere in November 2018. Please text your favorite emoji combination to him at (507)412-1381. [website]


Abrons Arts Center’s AIRspace Residency for Performing Artists is made possible with funds from The Jerome Foundation and NYC’s Department of Cultural Affairs. The PATHS program is possible thanks to the generous support from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation and the PATHS AIRSpace Resiency Program is made possible by The Radunski Family Fund.