APPLICATIONS ARE CURRENTLY CLOSED FOR OUR 2017 Working Farm Program. PLEASE CHECK BACK LATER THIS YEAR FOR THe 2018 Working Farm Program.
"SPACE is one of the few places on Earth where I have felt genuine inspiration happen over and over again; out on the lake or alone at a desk, watching the sky change colors over the Bowling Green or in conversation with fellow artists, sitting around a bonfire or the dinner table deep into the morning, long past the plates being cleared. There is something magic in the air up there."
- Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, member of The Working Farm '14
About the Working Farm
The Working Farm, SPACE’s resident playwrights group, offers eight playwrights five fully-subsidized residency weeks on Ryder Farm during the course of the season. While in residence, playwrights each focus on developing a single new work and are strongly encouraged to structure their days and weeks to best suit the needs of their project.
The 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. During these additional stays, Working Farm playwrights may invite a collaborator (e.g. a director, designer, dramaturg, actor) to join them in residence at the farm. Collaborator stays are also fully-subsidized by SPACE.
During their time on the farm, The Working Farm playwrights are housed in in Ryder Farm’s historic buildings, served three daily farm-fresh communal meals, and provided artistic and administrative resources.
While at SPACE, the only requirements of Working Farm playwrights are that they share their work-in-progress at the culmination of their residency and join in the three communal meals daily.
The Working Farm culminates in The Roving Dinner, which takes place during the final week of the group’s residency. During this celebration of The Working Farm playwrights, excerpts of the eight developed plays are paired with an eight-course farm-fresh meal at eight historic locations around Ryder Farm.
Following their residency at Ryder Farm, The Working Farm playwrights will be offered the opportunity to have a public reading of their SPACE-developed play at Playwrights Horizons in New York City. These readings customarily take place in the winter or early spring.
Additionally, please note that applicants cannot apply for both The Creative Residency and The Working Farm.
2016: Eliza Bent, Adam Bock, Alex Borinsky, Cusi Cram, Daisy Foote, Ryan King, Basil Kreimendahl, James Tyler
2015: Heidi Armbruster, Rob Askins, Jeff Augustin, Clare Barron, David Cale, Sam Hunter, Boo Killebrew
2014: Rachel Bonds, Suzanne Heathcote, Dan Lefranc, Max Posner, Jen Silverman, Mfoniso Udofia, Joe Waechter
2013: Sarah Burgess, Madeleine George, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Justin Kuritzkes, Greg Moss, Erika Sheffer, Mat Smart