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The Civilians R&D Group is comprised of theater artists from various disciplines (writers, directors, composers, performance, etc.) interested in exploring different strategies for making investigative theater and being a part of The Civilians' community of artists.
We define "investigative theater" broadly, meaning any creative process of inquiry that feeds the creation of a work of theater. Methods may include research, a community-based focus, interviews, company-devised strategies, or other experimental strategies of the artist's design. The artists meet on a regular basis for nine months to share and discuss their methodologies and the resulting work with the group, facilitated by the R&D Coordinator. The generative artists in the group (writers, composers, writer/actor, writer/director, etc.) are expected to attend all of the sessions; regular attendance is critical and should be considered when applying.
Additionally, a group of directors are chosen to complete the group. Directors are invited to meetings, but not expected to attend all; the directors become more active at the end of the season, with the direction of the public readings.
Artists may apply individually, or as a team. If applying as a team, all artists must submit separate applications.
The intention of the group is that each writer will finish a draft for public presentation by May 2016. Given the nature of the process, it is understood that these drafts will be in various stages of development when they are presented.
This year, members of the R&D Group will have the option to direct, curate or co-curate an evening at Joe’s Pub as part of The Civilians Let Me Ascertain You cabaret series (learn more about LMAY here). Artists might curate an evening of work based on the themes of the project they are developing in the group, but this is not a requirement; curators may instead choose to bring together different artists from their and the Civilians’ networks to explore a new idea. The cabaret curation team will receive guidance and support from the Civilians; for example, they may work with members of the Civilians’ Field Research Team of artist/interviewers. That said, the curation team will be primarily responsible for the creation of content for and execution of the cabaret. Curators will be expected to identify the subject of their cabaret approximately 6 months in advance of the set date. While we are excited to offer this new opportunity to members of the Civilians R&D Group, we understand that it is an additional set of responsibilities above and beyond the R&D Group. We ask you to please be honest and genuine in expressing your interest to participate in this portion of the program; interest in being a curator WILL NOT be a deciding factor in admission into the group.
To apply for the 2015-2016 R&D Group all applicants must complete the online application below. Application is due June 15.
Additional Instructions for Writers/Composers/Actors:
BIO: Please upload a one paragraph bio.
STATEMENT: Please upload a one to two paragraph proposal for an investigative project to be developed in the group that includes some thoughts as to why you are interested in working on this project in this particular group.
The project may already be in process or be completely new; however, it is important that the artist has the intention to be actively developing the work during the period of the group.
SAMPLE: Please upload a full-length script that you feel is representative of your work and 3 mp3s for musical submissions. If you are a performance artist and do not feel a script best represents your work, you may share a link to a video performance in addition to uploading text.
Additional Instructions for Directors:
CV and/or RESUME: Please upload your resume, and your CV if you have one.
STATEMENT: Please upload a one paragraph statement discussing what you hope to get out of being a member of the Group. Also please outline your expected availability from September to May.
Please address all application questions to EllaRose Chary at firstname.lastname@example.org.