Performance AIRspace Residency

The application for 2022-2023 Performance AIRspace Residency is closed. The application for the 2023-2024 Performance AIRspace Residency will open Fall 2022.

The Performance AIRspace Residency annually supports three New York City-based performing artists. Residents receive a commission for the creation of a new work to premiere as part of Abrons presenting season, 200 hours of studio time, administrative support, as well as a technical and production residency.

Learn more about the application process, as well as our current residents below.




With support from The Jerome Foundation, a cohort of 3 early career movement-based performing artists are annually invited to participate in our Performance AIRspace Residency. Performance AIRspace residents are provided with a monetary commission, premium access to studios and theaters for rehearsals towards the development of a live performance to be presented at Abrons Arts Center.

Program Components:

• $7,000 commission for a new work to be presented at Abrons as part of our 2022-2023 Presenting Season. Performances must be programmed to occur before June 30, 2023.
• 200 hours of fully subsidized studio rental time in any of our performance studios (excluding Studio G-05) and theaters. Please visit our website to learn more about our studio and theater spaces

Eligibility Requirements:

• Applicants must be based in New York City and living within 5 boroughs at the time of application submission and during the residency period.
• Applicants and all associated collaborators who will be onsite at Abrons during the residency and production period must be fully COVID-19 vaccinated. Please learn more by reading our COVID-19 Safety Rules.
• Applicants working in movement-based practices that are interdisciplinary in nature are encouraged to apply. Collaborative groups are invited to apply but will receive the same commission fee as an individual artist. Collaboratives can only submit 1 application; Collaboratives that submit more than 1 application for the same project will be disqualified from the review process.
• Applicants must identify as early-career artists. (Abrons’ and Jerome Foundation’s criteria for “early-career artist” available in application)
• Applicants must apply with a project proposal that has not yet premiered in its final form in New York City.
• Applicants who are enrolled in degree-granting programs or are students during the grant period are not eligible to apply.
• As a program of the historic Henry Street Settlement, Abrons Arts Center is committed to the belief that artistic practice is key to a socio-politically engaged and healthy society. Applicants should closely review the Abrons Arts Center Mission Statement and Declaration of Inclusion before applying for the Residency.

Who is an “early career” artist?

An early career artist “typically has a track record of generating and publicly presenting full work over which they have ultimate creative control in the discipline in which they are applying, but are not yet at a point in their careers where they receive consistent development and production opportunities and significant recognition, awards, and acclaim.” Please note that this category is not contingent on the age of the artist.

Application Timeline:

Application link goes live: October 4, 2021
Application deadline: November 7, 2021 at 11:59 PM ET
Applicants notified of status: January 2022

2022-2023 Performance AIRspace Residents

Francesca D’Uva is a comedian and composer living in Brooklyn. She performs regularly in New York and her work has been showcased at MoMA PS1, MOCA and Ars Nova. In 2019, Francesca staged her one person musical, “I Love You Forever” at multiple venues, including Dixon Place and Union Hall. Francesca graduated in 2016 from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins with a degree in Computer Music Composition.

Nile Harris is a performer and director of live works of art. He has done a few things and hopes to do a few more, God willing. Through the Abrons Performance AIRspace Residency, Nile will develop a performance project entitled this house is not a home, an improvised happening that takes place inside of and around a sound-responsive inflatable bounce castle. Using a network of microphones, the work utilizes sonic feedback as a malleable material, mixing the live recorded voices of the performers to create a unique musical composition that cannot be repeated.

Christopher “Unpezverde” Núñez is a visually impaired choreographer, exploring the creation, translation and meaning of dance, despite and beyond its visual content. He makes dances connecting the corporeal, emotional, and creative narratives of disabled bodies across live performance, film, and soundscape. He reclaims audio description, a traditional access tool for visually impaired audiences, and reinterprets it to create acoustic dance compositions through speech sounds, phonemes and words to narrate the external and internal state of the dancers, generating a multidimensional experience.


Abrons Arts Center’s Performance AIRspace Residency is made possible with funds from The Jerome Foundation and NYC’s Department of Cultural Affairs.

Image credit: 2020-2021 Performance AIRspace Resident mayfield brooks, Whale Fall, photo by Maria Baranova