SPACE on Ryder Farm has announced the 2022 residents for its artist residency programs The Working Farm, Family Residency, Greenhouse Residency, Institutional Residency, and Creative Residency, as well as the Bryan Gallace/Posthumous Prodigy Productions Fellowship. For the first time, SPACE alumni played a role in creating the season as curators.
The 2022 season will also feature the inaugural BLKSPACE residency, giving Black artists, activists, and organizers time and space to work towards Black liberation. All residencies begin August 1.
This season will feature Emily Gardner Xu Hall (MEI-DO), Isaac Gómez (La Ruta), Sanaz Toossi (English), Noelle Viñas (Feel the Spirit), and Ray Yamanouchi (The American Tradition) as part of The Working Farm resident writers' group, curated by Vichet Chum.
The Family Residency, which was founded in association with The Lilly Awards foundation, supports working artist-parents. This year's residents, curated by Sarah Gancher (Russian Troll Farm: A Workplace Comedy), will feature Eli Bolin (John Mulaney and the Sack Lunch Bunch), Goussy Celestin (Ayiti Brass), Amy Cutler (2004 Whitney Biennial), Karolina Letunova (Kenyon Review), Jessamyn Lovell (No Trespassing), Deneen Reynolds-Knott (Babes in Ho-lland), Terrie Samundra (KAALI KHUHI), Rachel Somerstein (Washington Post, WIRED), and Hyeyung Yoon (Asian Musical Voices of America).
For its inaugural season, BLKSPACE has announced its 2022 residents: Brittany Brathwaite (KIMBRITIVE), Antoinette Cooper (Black Exhale), Jasminfire (Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar), Eric Lockley (The Movement Theatre Company, Harlem9), Kareem M. Lucas (The Maturation of an Inconvenient Negro (or iNEGRO)), Terry Marshall (Intelligent Mischief), Ron Ragin (Vessels), Aisha Shillingford (Intelligent Mischief), Eljon Wardally (Black Americanah for Sale), and Jamila Woods (HEAVN). The participants were curated by BLKSPACE creators and Interfest producers Kristen Adele Calhoun and Nikki Vera, led by an all-Black women team, and the program has been underwritten by Color Conscious Collective.
Nissy Aya curated the participants for the 2022 Greenhouse residency: aspiring playwrights and theatre writers Maddie Easley (Cultural Capital Fellowship), Rachel K. Godfrey (Written By Kula), kanishk pandey (O’Neil Conference Finalist), and Nia Akilah Robinson (Lila Acheson Wallace Playwriting Fellow).
The 2022 Creative Residency will feature participants who applied for the 2020 season but deferred due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This season's artists and activists are Dominic D’Andrea (Queens Theatre), Paul Hodge (Round the Twist), Naomi Iizuka (Polaroid Stories), Emily Kaczmarek (afterwords), Kristin Marting (HERE Arts Center), Lisa Portes (Rightlynd), Jaymes Sanchez (Keene Prize), Kamala Sankaram (Thumbprint), Zoe Sarnak (The Lonely Few), Jonathan Spector (Eureka Day), and Kate Sullivan (NINETEEN).
Comprising the Institutional Residency cohort, which is open to 501c(3) organizations and incorporated ensembles, are Bleu Beckford-Burrell (La Race) with Page 73 Productions, Salty Brine (The Living Record Collection) with Joe’s Pub, Banna Desta (Pining) with Audible Theater, Lama El Homaïssi with Joe’s Pub, Marvin González De León (Pan Genesis) with Page 73 Productions, Julia Izumi (Regretfully, So The Birds Are) with Playwrights Horizons, Jenny Koons (Head Over Heels) with Playwrights Horizons, Roopa Mahadevan (Calling All Dawns) with Joe’s Pub, and Michael Shayan (avaaz) with Audible Theater.
Finally, SPACE alumni Aya Aziz and Riley Mulherkar will participate in SPACE's Bryan Gallace/Posthumous Prodigy Productions Fellowship, which supports musicians with time, space, and financial assistance to record and release a debut album, in addition to videos and live performances.
“As this organization continues to grow and respond to the needs of our community, our mission remains: to provide artists time and space to create, recharge, and commune,” said Allyson Davis, SPACE's acting executive director, in a statement.