When is the application deadline?

The application deadline is 11:59PM on February 7, 2017 for our Artistic Residency Program, The Working Farm, Creative Solutions Symposium and The Family Residency.

Can I apply for multiple programs?

Applicants cannot apply for both The Creative Residency and The Working Farm.

Why is there an application fee?

There is a $18 fee to submit an application. The volume of applications SPACE receives each year require many hours of staff time. Fees are used to process applications swiftly and efficiently.

How much do residencies cost?

As of SPACE’s 2017 season, all artistic residencies are fully-subsidized. Residents are required to cover their travel to and from the farm. For reference, a round-trip off-peak ticket from Grand Central Terminal to Brewster Terminal is $28.00.

What is the minimum age to be a resident?

You must be 18 years or older in order to apply.

If I have been a resident at SPACE before, can I still apply for a residency?

All SPACE alumni are welcome to apply for any of SPACE's residencies. However, alumni of each specialized program (The Working Farm, The Family Residency, Creative Solutions Symposium) cannot apply for the program with which they have already been in residence.

When do residencies occur?

Creative Residencies run from June through October.

The 2017 Working Farm playwrights are in residence together during the first and final weeks of the season (May 30-June 4 and September 12-17, 2017). The remaining residency weeks are scheduled at times of each individual playwright’s choosing.

The two ranges of dates for the 2017 Family Residency are July 25th-July 30th and August 15th-20th.

The 2017 Creative Solutions Symposium will take place August 22nd-27th.


How large can my group be?

Groups can be anywhere from 1 to 12 participants.

How long can I stay?

Artistic Residencies are available in 3 lengths: one week, ten days or two week stays.

The Creative Solutions Symposium is one week long.

The Family Residency is one week long.

The Working Farm is five nonsuccessive weeks long.

Can I request when my residency at SPACE will be?

There are many factors that affect the scheduling of residencies and unfortunately we cannot guarantee specific dates for each individual/group. If there are dates that you are unavailable, please note them on your application.

What are the accommodations like?

There are two structures that house residents on Ryder Farm. The Ryder Family homestead, The Sycamores, is a beautiful house with an incredible history, dating back to the eighteenth century. It follows, however, that the accommodations are rustic. The second housing structure, Kay Hall was built in 1983. Both houses are equipped with several bathrooms with showers and working plumbing, hot water and beds with clean linens; but if an outdoors-style environment makes you uncomfortable, SPACE may not be the right place for you.

Will I be sharing a bedroom and bathroom?

We endeavor to give each resident a private bedroom during their time at SPACE but please keep in mind when applying with a larger group that some residents will be sharing rooms. You most likely will be sharing a bathroom with other residents.

What are the work spaces like?

SPACE has ample work spaces both indoors and out. There are writing desks in each bedroom and large workspaces scattered throughout the historic structures on the farm. There is a large stage housed in our barn, as well as an outdoor stage and acres and acres of farmland available for your use.

How far away from NYC is SPACE, and how do I get there?

Ryder Farm is approximately a ninety minute journey from midtown Manhattan. To get to the farm via Metro North, depart from Grand Central Terminal on the Harlem Line towards Southeast and get off in Brewster. Click HERE to see train schedules. A SPACE team member will pick you up at the station in Brewster and drive you to the farm (a 7 minute trip). If you have a car, you are welcome to drive yourself to the farm.

Is there a work component? How does SPACE interact with Ryder Farm?

Residents are encouraged to participate in the farming, maintenance and building initiatives on Ryder Farm. Since its founding, SPACE team members and resident artists have worked with the farm on the overall maintenance of its structures. If farming is of interest, residents have the opportunity to assist with harvesting and preparing the farm’s organic produce for market, assembling flower bouquets, and/or tilling the land. Given that all individual and small group residences are fully-subsidized this season, we ask that every resident give back and help contribute to the upkeep of the farm for two hours per week.


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