“[SPACE is special]…both in its remote peacefulness and [its] radical hospitality. My brief visit was productive and restorative: how luxurious to speak about art and life without rushing to the next meeting or worrying about my inbox. This is how we should collaborate and make theater!”

-Emilia LaPenta, Senior Producer, Audible, Institutional Residency '18 and '19


Apply for a 2020 Institutional Residency!
The deadline to apply to 2020 Institutional Residencies is November 6th, 2019 at 11:59PM EST.

SPACE’s Institutional Residencies offer 501c(3) organizations and incorporated ensembles in the performing arts sector time and space for strategic planning, retreat opportunities and the writing and workshopping of commissions. Individuals or teams of 2 to 5 gather on the farm for 3-6 day residencies that are centered around three farm fresh meals daily. Institutions and their supported artists and/or staff have the flexibility to structure their days to best suit their needs and goals. SPACE grants Institutional Residencies to organizations that outline a clear residency plan and demonstrate a need for time and space specifically on Ryder Farm.

Available dates for Institutional Residencies are dependent on the number of residents the institution wishes to bring to Ryder Farm and the length of the desired residency:

  • June-October 2020: 1-4 residents; 5 nights, 6 days

  • November-December 2020: 1-5 residents; 3-6 days

To inquire about a 1 day residency, please contact Allyson Davis, Director of Operations, at allyson@spaceonryderfarm.org.

Institutional Residencies are the only SPACE program which are partially-subsidized. Fees are determined relative to an organization’s annual operating budget, the number of residents who will be on the farm and the length of the proposed residency. A breakdown of 2020 fees is available HERE.

More than fifty organizations, represented by hundreds of artists, fellows, administrators and those working in the social justice space, have participated in SPACE on Ryder Farm’s Institutional Residencies. Past institutional residents include Ars Nova, The Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids, The Classical Theatre of Harlem, The Dramatists Guild Foundation, Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Field, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, Leviathan Lab, The Lark, National New Plays Network, New Dramatists, New Georges, New Victory Theater, Opening Act, Page 73 Productions, Playwrights’ Center, Playwrights Horizons, The Playwrights Realm, The Public Theater, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Roundabout Theatre Company, The Secret City, El Semillero, Soho Rep, Steppenwolf, Theatre Communications Group, Three Day Hangover and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, among others.


Strategic Planning/Company Retreats

Company retreats at SPACE support organizations in realizing their full potential, providing the opportunity to spend time at the farm for purposes of season or strategic planning, training and team-building. SPACE has ample work spaces both indoors and out to hold meetings and workshops. 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, an outdoor stage, a yurt, a gazebo a two-car garage and large chicken coop that have been converted into usable spaces. There are also acres and acres of farmland available for your use. Click HERE to learn more about these workspaces.

Commission Support

Commission support offers 501c(3) organizations and incorporated ensembles the chance to give their commissioned artist(s) and their collaborators time on Ryder Farm to focus on writing and developing their work. During June-October, a commissioned artist’s time on the farm will be in the company of SPACE’s Creative Residents (more information on the Creative Residency is available HERE). During November-December, a commissioned artist’s time will be in the company of other Institutional Residents. In either instance, the commissioned artist will experience the unique community that coheres at the farm and around the dinner table.


Applications for the 2020 season are due November 6th, 2019 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.

Final decisions will be made by early April 2020.


Watch our informational session from September 17th on the SPACE on Ryder Farm Facebook page. 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.

To make sure SPACE will be able to support your project, please take a moment to read about the workspaces available at SPACE

Have further questions? Check out this FAQ.

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


The American Playwriting Foundation Relentless Award Winner Harrison David Rivers - Audible with Eric Micha Holmes & Marisela Treviño Orta - BMI - Dramatists Guild Foundation with Jay Adana & Zeniba Britt - The Field - The Michael Kanin Playwriting Awards Program, Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival with Benjamin Benne, Brandy N. Carie, Julia Izumi - Leviathan Lab - National New Play Network - New Georges - Page 73 with Zora Howard, Daniel K. Isaac & Michael Walkup - Playwrights Horizons with Emily Feldman & Korde Arrington Tuttle - Roundabout Theatre Company - The Secret City - She Is The Music - Stitcher - Woolly Mammoth with Branden Jacobs-Jenkins & Anne Washburn