SPACE’s philosophy is simple: artists and social activists need the time and space to do what they do best--create. Residencies at SPACE are self-determined to meet the needs of each individual resident or group. The only requirements at SPACE are that residents attend three communal meals each day, share what they’ve developed over their time at the farm at the culmination of their residency week and give back two hours to Ryder Farm. The relationships that are forged at SPACE offer radiating benefits to the artistic and activist communities. Collaborations are sparked, relationships are built, ideas are challenged, curiosities are piqued. These connections will last for years to come.

SPACE is deeply committed to the belief that inclusion, equity, support and radical hospitality are not only important to creating art, but are vital in creating dialogue that leads to lasting change. In support of these values, as of 2017, all individual and small group residences are free to participants, and SPACE endeavors to grant at least 50% of residencies to persons of color and underrepresented voices.



All applications for the 2018 season are due January 10th, 2018 at 11:59PM EST.

Unless otherwise noted, residencies for the 2018 season typically run Monday thru Saturday.

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The Working Farm is SPACE’s resident writers’ group, which offers playwrights and composers/lyricists a non-consecutive five-week residency on historic Ryder Farm. 



Creative Residencies provide individuals and groups with one or two-week residencies on Ryder Farm to create away from the stress and noise of everyday life and to be in the company of peers. 

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The Greenhouse Residency offers early-career playwrights a week-long residency on Ryder Farm for writing, research and professional development, including one-on-one sessions with playwright mentors.


The Family Residency, in association with The Lilly Awards Foundation, offers working parents and their children (ages 3-12) time and space to work during a one-week residency on Ryder Farm.

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The Creative Solutions Symposium is a weeklong residency for activists and organizers who are creatively addressing social justice, environmental and human rights issues.

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Institutional Residencies provide organizations (teams of 2-11) with time and space for strategic planning or the opportunity to workshop projects or to support a commission for the theatre.


"In a world that is increasingly fast-paced and distracted, it is more and more vital for artists and innovators to have time to slow down and grow something, be it art or a mission statement for their NGO. The individuals and communities we serve value the slower pace and literal and figurative space that Ryder Farm affords them. SPACE asks residents to engage meaningfully with the land, their authentic creative impulses and invites them to dialogue with people who are literally in front of them."

- Emily Simoness, Co-Founder & Executive Director

Past Residents

Since its inception in 2011, SPACE has hosted over 1,200 artists and innovators. Learn more about our featured alumni and what they are currently working on.


"The breathtaking, spiritually stirring beauty of the place, the nature that's within its acres, the lake, woods, plants, animals, birds and insects that live here have brought out and inspired a passion for trying to create something visual that I never knew I had." 

- David Cale, member of The Working Farm '15