“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, Institutional Residency '16 and '17


Applications for the 2019 Institutional Residencies are closed. Please check back in the late summer/early fall of 2019 for applications to the 2020 Institutional Residencies.

SPACE’s Institutional Residencies offer 501c(3) organizations and incorporated ensembles time and space for strategic planning, retreat opportunities and the writing and workshopping of commissions. Individuals or teams of 2 to 9 gather on the farm for 1-6 day residencies that are centered around three farm fresh meals daily. Institutions and their supported artists and/or staff have flexibility and are strongly encouraged to structure their days to best suit their needs and goals. Residencies are granted to organizations that are in accordance with SPACE on Ryder Farm's mission.

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:

  • For residencies between June and October of 2019, institutions are permitted to bring 1 to 3 residents for a residency of 6 days

  • For residencies in April, May, November or December of 2019, institutions are permitted to bring 1 to 9 residents for a residency of 2 to 6 days

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

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 2019 fees is available HERE.

More than two dozen 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, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, The Lark, 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, 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. Meetings and workshops can be hosted indoors and out, while enjoying the farm’s historic structures, community meals, 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.

Commission Support

Commission support offers 501c(3) organizations and incorporated ensembles the chance to give their commissioned artist(s) and up to two additional collaborators 6 days and 5 nights on Ryder Farm to focus on writing and developing their work. 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 is available HERE). This allows commissioned artists to experience the unique community that coheres at the farm and around the dinner table.


Watch our online info session video with John Baker, SPACE's Director of Artistic Programs, to learn more about SPACE residencies and how to best represent your work in your application.

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.

2019 Institutional residencies

The American Playwriting Foundation Relentless Award Winner Harrison David Rivers - Audible with Eric Micha Holmes & Marisela Treviño Orta - BMI - The Debate Society - 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