“It is difficult to convey how much the time up at SPACE meant to me and the whole team. It was hugely inspiring to be able to think and plan and frankly just decompress. We felt absolutely no demands on our time—there’s such a sense of openness that you all convey. There was an unspoken understanding that ‘if you think it’s important, we trust it is too’ that was present throughout our entire stay. I think that is so rare and special.”

-Cynthia Flowers, Executive Director, Soho Repertory Theatre


Applications are currently closed for 2018 Institutional Residencies. Please note there has been a change to our application cycle: applications for 2019 Institutional Residencies will open in mid-August 2018 and close in early October 2018. Please check back then!


SPACE’s Institutional Residencies offer organizations time and space for strategic planning, the writing or workshopping of commissions, or retreat opportunities for fellows. Teams of 2-11 gather on the farm for 1, 3  or 6 day residencies that are centered around three farm fresh meals daily. Institutions and their artists and/or staff have flexibility and are strongly encouraged to structure their days to best suit their needs and goals.

The fees for Institutional Residencies 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 2018 fees is available here.

Residencies are granted to organizations in accordance with SPACE on Ryder Farm's mission. Priority is given to applicants that include detailed and distinctive goals for their time at SPACE.

More than two dozen organizations, represented by hundreds of artists, fellows and administrators, have participated in SPACE on Ryder Farm’s Institutional Residencies. Past institutional residents include The Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Ars Nova, The Dramatists Guild Fund, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, The Lark, New Dramatists, New Georges, Opening Act, Page 73 Productions, Playwrights’ Center, Playwrights Horizons, The Playwrights Realm, The Public Theater, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Roundabout Theatre Company, Soho Rep, Three Day Hangover and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, among others.


Commission Support
Over the course of its seven year history, SPACE has hosted dozens of new play commissions for institutions. A commissioned artist’s time on the farm will be in the company of SPACE’s Creative Residency pool (more information on the Creative Residency here), allowing commissioned artists and, in some instances, their director and/or key collaborator to experience the unique community that coheres at the farm and around the dinner table.

Group Residencies
A group residency offers institutions the chance to give a particular cohort (fellows, playwrights’ groups, artist labs, grantees, etc.) time and space away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life to focus on individual or group projects and build relationships with one another. Institutions can send up to 11 individuals to Ryder Farm for a weeklong residency.

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. Meetings and workshops can be hosted indoors and out, while enjoying the farm’s historic structures, farm fresh food, morning trail walks, afternoons on Peach Lake and evening bonfires. SPACE can work with institutions to create a schedule and plan that targets an organization's specific needs and goals.


If your institution is interested in holding a one-day retreat at SPACE, please contact Director of Operations Allyson Davis at allyson@spaceonryderfarm.org.

2018 Institutional residencies

American Conservatory Theater with Ngozi Anyanwu, Mauricio Escamilla & Imani Azuri and Emily Kaczmarek & Kate Sullivan - Bedlam - El Semillero: A Chicago Latinx Playwrights Circle - Audible with Isaac Gomez and Madhuri Shekar - The Classical Theatre of Harlem - Dramatists Guild Foundation with Jeremy J. King and Sam Salmond - The Lark - The New Victory Theater - Page 73 - Roundabout Theatre Company - Playwrights Horizons with Milo Cramer and Eric John Meyer - Rattlestick Playwrights Theater - The American Playwriting Foundation Relentless Award Winner Gracie Gardner - Steppenwolf - Stitcher - Theatre Communications Group