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

2021-2022 Performance AIRspace Residents

Fana Fraser is an artist, performer, and full-spectrum doula in training. Her creative work is rooted in a contemporary Caribbean aesthetic and framed by narratives of eroticism, power, and compassion. Fana’s live work has been presented at several venues including Brooklyn Museum, Gibney, and Trinidad Theatre Workshop. A 2021-22 Jerome Hill Artist Fellow in Dance, Fana was shortlisted for the 2020 BCLF Elizabeth Nunez Caribbean-American Writers’ Prize. She served as Rehearsal Director for Ailey II from 2016-20 and works as a co-director for South Bronx-based arts organization, Pepatián. Fana was born and raised on Kairi, in Trinidad and Tobago.

Her project, Mindsex2, is a queer Caribbean femmehood coming of age story. Timed in a heavenly subterranean fantasy paradise where dreams become reality for an extended present moment, Mindsex2 is a multi-act solo performance. The work dances with theater, sound, and visual design to set a stage for the glories of self-pleasure.

Jerron Herman is a disabled dancer and writer who has created works to facilitate welcoming. Jerron began his training as a company member with Heidi Latsky Dance from 2011-2019, performing widely, and now collaborates with Disability Arts collective Kinetic Light. In addition, Jerron regularly writes on art and culture and currently serves on the Board of Trustees at Dance/USA as Vice Chair. His awards include a 2020 Disability Futures Fellowship by the Ford and Mellon Foundations respectively, as well as the Grants to Artists Award from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts and a Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship from the Jerome Foundation, both in 2021.

His project, [Insert] explores the ways natural phenomena and history enter and live in the body. By revealing liaisons, scripts, and codes Jerron’s body will tell a story about migration patterns, cryptology, and why the left hand is such a bad mutha – shut your mouth. We start at the torso.

Ogemdi Ude is a Nigerian-American interdisciplinary artist, educator, and doula based in Brooklyn, New York. Her performances focus on Black femme legacies and futures, grief, and memory. She aims to incite critical engagement with embodied Black history as a means to imagine Black futurity. Her work has been presented at Recess Art, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Danspace Project, Gibney, Center for Performance Research, and Streb Lab for Action Mechanics. She serves as Head of Movement for Theater at Professional Performing Arts School and is a 2021 Laundromat Project Artist-in-Residence. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in English from Princeton University.

Her project, Dig/Hear/Sing/, is a project unfolding in two mediums. The first is a series of three solos integrating movement, voice, and installation, researched through free writing, improvisation, and game play, to derive coping rituals in the aftermath of trauma. The second part is a book of dance scores, personal essays, and performance theory that explores Black feminist perspectives on death, memory, and mourning. Dig/Hear/Sing/— is an intimate handbook and series of performances intentionally crafting space for Black femmes to reflect on personal loss, incite community care, build mutual support networks, and affirm the often clandestine, isolating journey of mourning.


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