“My time on Ryder Farm has absolutely changed my outlook on my self and my career. I went in feeling like a student and left feeling like a professional with steps ahead that are clear, doable and exciting. I have never felt so capable and prepared to face the challenges of being an emerging playwright in NYC.”

-Chloé Hayat, Greenhouse Resident '18


Apply for the 2020 Greenhouse Residency!
The deadline to apply to the 2020 Greenhouse Residency is January 15th, 2020 at 11:59PM EST

The Greenhouse Residency offers seven aspiring playwrights, who have not had access to the professional theatre community through traditional means, a fully-subsidized weeklong residency on Ryder Farm in Brewster, NY (approximately 90 minutes north of NYC) to write and participate in workshops with mentor playwrights and other theatre professionals. The residency is intended for those who are mostly unaware of--or lacking access to--new play development or artistic residency opportunities and who may not have considered playwriting as a potential career because of socioeconomic reasons, despite having artistic passion and potential.

For those interested in The Greenhouse Residency who have graduate training in theatre or musical theatre, SPACE generally suggests applying for The Working Farm, Creative Residency or Family Residency.

The 6-day Greenhouse Residency (September 28th-October 3rd, 2020) provides a retreat-like atmosphere where the playwrights write, have one-on-one artistic conversations with two mentors from the theatre field and take small seminars about the business of playwriting.

While at SPACE, residents must join in the three communal meals daily, “give back” 3-4 hours of their time-in-residence to Ryder Farm and participate in a short, informal sharing of their work while in residence at SPACE with their fellow residents and SPACE team.

Residents cover their travel to and from the farm. For reference, a round-trip off-peak Metro North ticket from Grand Central Terminal to Brewster Terminal is $30.00. Transportation between the Brewster Terminal and farm is provided by the SPACE team.


Applications for the 2020 Greenhouse Residency are due January 15th, 2020 at 11:59PM EST. Before applying, please review the guidelines below as well as the FAQ page. If you have questions about applying to SPACE, please contact us at residencies@spaceonryderfarm.org.

Finalists will be interviewed in February and March 2020. Final decisions will be made by early April 2020.


Applicants must be at least 18 years old. 

Applicants cannot be enrolled in or have attended a graduate theatre program. 

Applicants cannot have participated in a writers’ group affiliated with a professional theatre (i.e. Youngblood at Ensemble Studio Theatre, the Emerging Writers Group at The Public, the Early Career Writer's Group at Clubbed Thumb).

Applicants cannot have had, at the time of application, a work professionally produced (meaning a work produced on a professional AEA contract, including a Showcase Code).

Applicants cannot, at the time of application, have an agent or manager.

Applicants cannot apply for more than one program in a season (i.e. The Working Farm, Creative Residency, etc.).


On Wednesday, October 16th from 6:30-8:30PM we will host an in-person informational session at 440 Lafayette Street, New York, NY. Registration is required for the in-person session -- please click HERE to RSVP.

Have further questions? Check out this FAQ.

Still have questions? Write to us at residencies@spaceonryderfarm.org.

greenhouse residency 2019


2018 - Nissy Aya, Edison Diaz, Chloé Hayat, Yiloung Liu, Lorenzo Roberts, Kolya Shrayfer, Allison Zajac-Batell

2017 - Victor Cervantes, Julissa Contreras, Ren DSanit, Xavier Galva, Luis Herrera, Jaime Jaget, TJ Weaver, David Zheng

The Greenhouse Residency is made possible with the support of the Tamara White Charitable Fund.