Weeklong Residency in Philadelphia




The Iron Factory is offering free weeklong residencies for individual artists or companies – local or visiting – for up to four people. Both residency options include accommodations in our 2nd floor loft and access to our 3rd floor studio from 8am-5pm.


These applications are for artists applying for a free "Visiting Artist Residency." Artists can also book a residency or nightly stays. See our residency rates for more information. 

For those who do not receive a residency, the application fee can be used toward a future rental at The Iron Factory.

​Who should apply?

Our residencies have been developed for artists in the initial creation of new work. We encourage applications from artists at various stages of their career, and welcome individual artists, companies, and collaboratives both local and visiting to apply. 

What's Included?

Weeklong residencies include daily studio access from 8am-5pm, as well as evening studio hours if schedule permits. Micro residencies include all-day studio access from 8am on Friday until 5pm on Sunday. The 2nd floor loft (located in the same building) is a spacious and comfy shared living space with a full kitchen (coffee maker included), living room area with TV, bathroom and shower, washer and dryer, and a small friendly dog. We provide two beds (one queen and one full) and two aero beds if needed. 


Rehearsals Only

We do not allow performances, classes, or showings during the residency. If you are interested performing, filming, or holding an event during a residency please email us at to arrange.


Applications for our free weeklong Visiting Artist residencies NOW OPEN for the weeks of October 4-11, 2019 and December 6-13, 2019. The deadline to apply is July 7th!

There is a $40 application fee. Payment can be made via PayPal.

*If application is not chosen, this fee can be used toward a future rental at The Iron Factory.

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Dear fellow Performing Artists…

We are looking forward to our 8th volume of The Wall Series at PAUL Studios Berlin! This bi-monthly performance series gives artists an opportunity to present their works in progress or finished works in an intimate setting for an enthusiastic audience.

For Vol. 8, we are looking for artists who would like to present their work on Friday, July 5th and Saturday, July 6th 2019. We are open to performers of all disciplines interested in sharing their pieces in an intimate venue and/or in an outdoor space. All performers will receive 5 hours of free rehearsal time at PAUL Studios Berlin prior to the performance.

Submitted performances must:

Be under 20 minutes in length

Require very minimal technical needs (we are an intimate space with very basic lighting etc.)

To Submit: Please fill out the form below! (Applications without a working youtube or vimeo link will not be considered.)


*Note: As we are a self-funded/artist-run collective, we do not have funds to cover travel or boarding costs for performers. Thank you for understanding.

We look forward to seeing/hearing/reading your submissions!


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Call for Choreography: CHOP SHOP Contemporary Dance Festival

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WHO: Dance companies and individual choreographers working in contemporary dance and based in the U.S. or Canada
WHAT: CHOP SHOP: Bodies of Work, a contemporary dance festival
WHEN: February 15 & 16, 2020
WHERE: Meydenbauer Center Theatre, Bellevue, WA, USA

CHOP SHOP: Bodies of Work, a contemporary dance festival, is seeking U.S. or Canada-based dance companies and individual choreographers with contemporary dance work to be presented at the 2020 festival (February 15 & 16, 2020) at Meydenbauer Center Theatre in Bellevue, WA, alongside master classes and a free community engagement program. Approximately eight individual artists and/or dance companies will be selected and their work will be presented in both festival performances (Saturday evening at 7.30pm and Sunday at 3pm). In addition to participating in festival performances, artists have the opportunity to offer a master class for intermediate/advanced level dancers, lead free and open to all community dance classes and lectures, participate in a pre-show lecture/demonstration on the art of choreography, engage directly with audiences through post-show Q&A sessions, and network with fellow artists.

This call is open to all dance companies and individual choreographers working in contemporary dance and based in the U.S. or Canada. Works presented at CHOP SHOP must be 10 minutes or less in length. Works in progress are accepted and considered, but your video work sample should show at least 75% of the completed work. Works still in conceptual form will not be considered.

Each dance company or individual choreographer will receive a performance honorarium: $800 for works with one performer and $1,000 for works with two or more performers. An additional modest travel stipend of $200 will be provided for dance companies or individual choreographers based outside a 50-mile radius of Bellevue, WA.

Dance companies or individual choreographers offering master classes and/or community engagement classes receive an additional teaching stipend of $70 per hour taught.


  1. Applicant Information: Name of dance company or individual choreographer, contact information, etc.
  2. Letter of Interest: Please describe why you would like to be considered for CHOP SHOP and your interest and past and/or current experience in promoting the accessibility of contemporary dance, teaching, and community engagement.
  3. Work Proposed for CHOP SHOP: Title, choreographer's name, total length of the work, number of performers, and brief explanation/description of the work.
  4. Work Sample: Online video of proposed work (not to exceed 10 minutes total).

Applicants will be selected using the following criteria:

  • Relevance of letter of interest and alignment with CHOP SHOP's founding mission
  • Accessibility of the proposed work to both new and experienced dance viewers
  • Originality, artistry, and conceptual clarity of proposed work
  • Demonstrated interest in and commitment to teaching, community engagement, and promoting the accessibility of contemporary dance

All applicants will be notified of the status of their application by Sunday, September 1, 2019.


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As the 50th anniversary of Stonewall approaches, El Sotano Art Space invites New York based dancers to submit work to this open call. We are looking for work that enacts a revolutions through movement and corporality.


Considering the first terrain that we inhabit to be our bodies and from this point all actions that seek revolution and to revolt part from. Thinking of the body as a place where one inhabits and insurrection permeates, the body acts as a terrain where resistance leaves its mark.


The purpose of this exhibition is to vocalize and show the different ways in which queer communities and queer individuals enact resistance, revolution and rebellion; from their own corporality, individual and community actions, materialities and performativity. Thinking of queer Revolutions as something that starts in the viscera, sweats through the skin and filters into the streets.



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Strike A Light, Everyman Theatre Cheltenham, Hawkwood and Lives of Colour
Artist Call out and Commission

We are offering a unique seed commissioning opportunity for a Black artist or Black led company to develop a piece of touring work. The commission aims to support a piece of performance to be an example of excellence in touring that has the potential to reach a diverse audience.

The commission will include:

  • £3,000 cash investment to develop the work
  • Two residencies: one with Everyman Theatre Cheltenham on 2nd – 7th September and one with Strike A Light at Hawkwood on 23rd  – 27th September 2019 to develop the work. 
  • Hawkwood residency will include rehearsal space, accommodation and full board for up to 5 artists.
  • Everyman Theatre residency will include studio rehearsal space and a £500 contribution towards travel/ accommodation/ food costs.
  • Please note additional artistic fees will not be offered for these weeks.
  • Opportunities to share the work in progress with audiences at Strike A Light festival in October 2019 and the potential for previewing or programming finished work with Strike A Light in Spring 2020. 
  • 3 days face to face support from Strike A Light / Everyman Theatre producers in the lead up to and during the residencies
  • 3 half days of fundraising support from the Strike A Light team
  • Support in engaging industry professionals in the development and sharing of the work
  • Opportunities to engage directly with diverse audiences and explore and test wraparound activity
  • The full commission details are available here.

Deadline for applications is 21st April 2019


What kind of performance work are you looking for?

This is a national call out and we are interested in hearing from artists who create theatre, dance or spoken word in their broadest sense and from artists who combine these disciplines. We would like to support the creation of a new piece of work, so it might be just at the idea stage or you might have done some very early stage research or development.

What do you mean by Black artist or Black led company?

We would like to hear from artists and companies who are of African or Caribbean descent or of the African / Caribbean diaspora or of dual heritage. Several of the partners are working on an audience development project to engage these communities in their local area as audiences and we are interested in the potential for engaging these audiences in your work, but your work does not have to be about your heritage or identity or specifically for a Black audience.

What kind of spaces are available for the residencies?

The Everyman studio space is approx 9m wide and between 3 and 6m deep depending on layout. It is a wooden plywood floor on concrete. The studio space at Hawkwood is approximately 9m x 5m and has a wooden floor.


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CLOSING SOON - Small Plates Choreography Festival Honolulu

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Hosted by Haven Movement Company
September 20 and 21, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.
The Arts at Marks Garage
1159 Nuuanu Ave
Honolulu, HI 96817


Applications are open for Small Plates Choreography Festival, a curated dance performance series to be presented on September 20 and 21, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. at The Arts at Marks Garage in Honolulu. All choreographers of any genre interested in presenting work in an intimate venue in Chinatown in Honolulu are welcome to apply.

The Arts at Mark's Garage is an intimate performance space that seats approximately 75 people. The dimensions of the performance area are approximately 18' wide x 14' deep with audience on three sides. The floor is painted concrete. The performances will be supported with basic lighting with a limited number of cues.

Ensemble dance works no longer than 10 minutes long will be considered, solos works no longer than 8 minutes. If your work is longer than our time limits, please edit your video to show how the work will be adjusted to fall within the constraints. Work that is over time will not be considered. Completed work will be given priority over works-in-progress or proposed work, but all applications will be given full consideration by our panel.

Small Plates creates a growth environment by facilitating feedback sessions with the audience after each performance. All performers and choreographers are expected to remain on-site to participate in this part of the performance. Local dance and artistic professionals are encouraged to attend as audience members and bring their voices to this conversation, and to provide choreographers with valuable feedback and networking opportunities. This artist/audience interface is what makes Small Plates truly special.

Choreographers who have their work chosen will be responsible to self-produce their participation their own fundraising for travel to the performance and accommodations on island. There are no stipends for these performances. Choreographers will receive a video and photographs of their work after the show.

Dancers and choreographers must be available for technical rehearsal on Thursday, September 19, and call time for performances will be 5:00 p.m.

The deadline to apply is June 15, 2019. You will be notified by email on or before July 1 with our decision of acceptance or rejection. If your piece is accepted, you will have one week after you receive our email to submit your program information, technical information, publicity photos, and sound file.

All work will be adjudicated by a panel of career choreographers and dance professionals holding BFA's/MFA's from university dance programs across the nation, and experienced in Dance, Production and Mixed Media Arts.


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