The application process for our inaugural Institute is now closed. Please check back later for details on future rounds and to meet our Institute Fellows.
TMT is launching the pilot program of its Institute for Collaborative Theater Making. Our Institute will be a place where Fellows challenge themselves and the form of theater, ask what theater can be, and fearlessly embrace surprising and unexpected answers. Potential Institute Fellows should be hungry to reinvent what they want to make happen in a theater.
Institute Fellows will read, see, discuss, and make, all through the lens of our core company principles:
DIFFERENCE: We strive to discover, to do something not known, to make it new. We really do it and we really mean it. We play with the notions of Mystery, Entertainment and Extremity, encouraging cross-disciplinary work and artistic originality.
QUESTIONING: There are no assumptions in the Institute and in our work. Do you know what a play/production is? We don’t. Let’s locate the assumptions and set them aside. Consider everything.
FAILURE: Our linking principle. Let’s get an A or an F. Let’s fail big and surprise ourselves in the process.
What will this Institute be?
This pilot year will only begin to answer this question. The truth is, we have no idea; the TMT Institute will evolve over time. But we do know some starting facts. We know it will involve study, practical work and reflection. This is not an Institute imparting the knowledge of one person or one technique: we are Against Mastery. We know we will involve the talents of Associated Artists as well as outside artists/teachers/collaborators. We know it will require a yearlong commitment (see timeline below). And we know that it won’t cost you a dime- in fact, you will receive a stipend of $1,000 for your commitment for the year (no other costs to you, other than normal NYC cost of living).
What’s the timeline?
The deadline for applying is October 15, 2013. We will then review applications and conduct interviews, with the aim of choosing our inaugural class before Thanksgiving. In January 2014 we will hold a 1-2 week intensive followed by sustained meetings through the Spring. In June/July 2014 we will hold another weeklong intensive. Individual mentorship will occur throughout the Summer with a culminating something (showing? production? party? we don’t know!) in the Fall of 2014.
Who should apply and how?
We are looking for 5 emerging artists who have demonstrated a serious commitment to theater and a shared interest in our principles. Applicants should have substantial professional experience or an advanced degree. We want people who have arrived at a grasp of theater and the field and are prepared to throw it away. Applicants may emerge from any theatrical discipline (actors, designers, writers, directors, producers, technical directors, stage managers, administrators, etc.) as long as they care about making. We want your resume and references, of course. But we also want something that conveys who you are, what you do, how you think and what you are excited about. You decide what that something is (video, music, essay, comic book, cocktail recipe, etc.). This something should be no longer than 4 minutes or 2 pages or 6 images. During the interview process there will be the opportunity to showcase portfolios and other existing work.
Please note the Institute is not an incubator for existing work. It’s not a showcase. It’s not a Masters’ thesis show. It’s for those who want to meet, discuss, play, fail and try to figure out what it all is. You decide the it.