BLUEBARN is thrilled to announce 12 residencies for artists to create three new works for the American stage in three wildly different ways for our inaugural Big Damn Door Festival in the Fall of 2022. BLUEBARN invites artists of all disciplines – performers, creators, writers, makers, designers, musicians, visual artists, dancers- to apply and explore new ways of collaborating and creating community while developing transformative works of art.
The Big Damn Door Festival will prioritize projects that advance America’s progress toward equity, inclusion, and social and economic justice. Artists selected for festival residencies are tasked with exploring new theatrical strategies and collaborative models while creating work that takes advantage of our unique performance space- an indoor/outdoor convertible stage environment an expansive porchyard and natural amphitheater… and really Big. Damn. Doors.
Artists are invited to apply in one of three categories. A team of four artists will be selected per project based on the strength of their proposals and commitments to innovation, collaboration, and the themes of the festival. BLUEBARN will support each team of artists while the create and engage in a six-month development process. Artists may apply singly or in groups of up to four. After the development phase is complete, four more artists will join each team based on the needs of the project.
[if you would prefer to apply in a different manner (e.g. zoom or phone interview, or any other accommodation that better suits your expression or access needs), please don’t hesitate to ask]
BLUEBARN seeks emerging artists from the Omaha-Council Bluffs Metropolitan area whose work has the power to drive change in our community, and who’ve been most impacted from systemic biases in opportunity. Artists that identify as Global Majority (Black, Indigenous, People of Color), LGBTQIA2S+, Neuro-Diverse, and artists with disabilities will be prioritized.
Development Phase Resident Artists will receive $2,500, and an additional $1,000 during the Production Phase of BLUEBARN’s Big Damn Door Festival. Production Phase Resident Artists will receive $1,000.
The parameters of The Big Damn Door Artist Residencies will be co-created with the selected artists.
The goal is to provide ample time, space, and resources for the work to flourish.
There are no requirements as to hours per week, total hours, or the course of project development. ‘Residencies’ should not be construed as ‘in-house’, though much of the work may occur ‘on-site’.
Application | Submission Period
July 5th- September 1st, 2021
Selection | Announcement of Artist Residents
by September 30th, 2021
Development Process Shaping
October 15th – November 15th, 2021
Public Event |Festival Project Launch
January 1st – July 1st, 2022
Production Artist Selection and Announcement
July 1st-July 15th, 2022
Public Event | Festival Projects Show and Tell
Rehearsal and Performance Phase