"SPACE is one of the few places on Earth where I have felt genuine inspiration happen over and over again; out on the lake or alone at a desk, watching the sky change colors over the Bowling Green or in conversation with fellow artists, sitting around a bonfire or the dinner table deep into the morning, long past the plates being cleared. There is something magic in the air up there."

- Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, member of The Working Farm '14


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

About the Working Farm

The Working Farm, SPACE’s resident writers’ group, offers eight playwrights and/or composer-lyricists five fully-subsidized residency weeks on Ryder Farm during the course of the June-October season. While in residence, the artists each focus on developing a single new work and are strongly encouraged to structure their days and weeks to best suit the needs of their project.

The eight Working Farm writers are in residence together twice over the course of the season (May 29th-June 3rd and September 11th-16th, 2018). The remaining residency weeks are scheduled at times of each individual playwright’s choosing. During these additional stays, Working Farm writers may invite a collaborator (e.g. a director, designer, dramaturg, actor) to join them in residence at the farm, subject to availability. Collaborator stays are also fully-subsidized by SPACE.

During their time on the farm, The Working Farm writers are housed in Ryder Farm’s historic buildings, served three daily farm-fresh communal meals and provided with artistic and administrative resources.

While at SPACE, the only requirements of Working Farm residents are that they share their work-in-progress at the culmination of their residency, join in the three communal meals daily and “give back” 6 hours of their time-in-residence to Ryder Farm.

The Working Farm residency culminates in The Roving Dinner, which takes place during the group’s September residency week. During this celebration of The Working Farm writers, excerpts of the eight new works are paired with an eight-course farm-fresh meal at eight historic locations around Ryder Farm.

Following their residency at Ryder Farm, The Working Farm writers will be offered the opportunity to have a public reading of their SPACE-developed play at Playwrights Horizons. These readings customarily take place in the winter or early spring.

Please note that prospective residents may only apply for a Creative Residency or The Working Farm, but not both in the same year. Additionally, while alums of The Working Farm are not eligible to reapply for The Working Farm, they are encouraged to apply to SPACE’s other programs.

The Working Farm 2018


2017: Kevin Armento, Erin Courtney, Emily Feldman, CA Johnson, Ethan Lipton, Charly Simpson, Shaina Taub, Andrea Thome

2016: Eliza Bent, Adam Bock, Alex Borinsky, Cusi Cram, Daisy Foote, Ryan King, Basil Kreimendahl, James Tyler

2015: Heidi Armbruster, Rob Askins, Jeff Augustin, Clare Barron, David Cale, Sam Hunter, Boo Killebrew

2014: Rachel Bonds, Suzanne Heathcote, Dan Lefranc, Max Posner, Jen Silverman, Mfoniso Udofia, Joe Waechter

2013: Sarah Burgess, Madeleine George, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Justin Kuritzkes, Greg Moss, Erika Sheffer, Mat Smart

The Working Farm is supported in part by the Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.