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Thank you applicants, our 2019 season is now cast!

Many congratulations to our WINNERS, to be announced shortly.

Kinetic Arts Center’s Artist-In-Residence program (AIR) offers performance artists a supportive environment to further the creative development of specific performance projects.  Located in the vibrant city of Oakland, CA, artists will have access to dedicated daytime rehearsal time and space, supportive production expertise, and interaction with industry colleagues to give life to their projects.

2019 Season – Request for Applications

Kinetic Arts Center is now accepting applications for our 2019 AIR season.  The 2019 season runs from November/December 2018 through April 2019 with one to two performance opportunities available:

  • January 10 – 20, 2019, and/or
  • April 4 – 14, 2019.

Generally, rehearsals (including tech week) run for four weeks with an additional two-weekend performance schedule, but artists are encouraged to specify how much rehearsal time they need for their project.

Download the Print Friendly PDF – Information and Audition Packet with FAQ info:
Kinetic Arts Center, Artist in Residency – 2019 Season

Space and Tech

All performances and rehearsals are in the Studio Stage, an intimate 40 – 45 seat, ‘black box’ theatre with one – two rigging points, 16’ – 18’ point heights, ~ 18’w x 18’d performance space on a laminate, sprung, dance floor.  Demonstrating an understanding of how the project would work to fit into the stage parameters is a plus.  All consideration is given to provide as much production support as possible but it is important to remember that only limited lighting equipment and effects are available for each show.  A sound system is built into the space for rehearsals and another for production and can be programed as necessary.  A production technician is provided to support the development of each show on a limited basis through the rehearsal period and available to run lights and/or sound during the performances.

Jaron Hollander and Slater Penney in THE SUBMARINE SHOW Photo Credit:  Shoot That Klown

Who Should Apply?

Artists from diverse multidisciplinary fields are encouraged to apply and must present a project that culminates in a multi-day, multi-week production run. While Kinetic Arts Center may prefer artists with a concentration in circus, movement, physical theatre, clown, etc., we do encourage visual artists, composers, writers, dancers, and playwrights, among others, to apply.  All artists should be:

- Established as a professional in their field,
- Represented by a working and descriptive website or portfolio, and
- Have professional production experience.

Although not essential, we prefer projects which have ‘some legs under them’ and want to use this AIR to grow into the next stage of artistic development.

Compensation and Expenses

The purpose of AIR participation is to develop projects from concept or next level development to performance with minimal expenses. While a multiple weekend run is required, and tickets will be sold to each event, any tickets sales (or other revenue) derived from the AIR will be applied to cover production expenses incurred by Kinetic Arts Center first.  Artists should not expect to be paid for any performances, workshops or teaching arrangements unless specifically detailed in the final agreement(s).

Artists are responsible for their own travel costs, most equipment (props, circus equipment, etc.) most materials, and all living expenses.  The AIR program will provide limited graphic and administrative support, out-of-pocket expenses for some promotion materials and directorial hours (TBD).  Additionally, designers, choreographers, costumes, props, videography, photography, etc., will be the responsibility of the artists.

Hélène Leveau & Aviva Rose-Williams in the 2017 AIR Production of HEDGEHOG’S DILEMNA.  Photo Courtesy of Collective À Sens Unique

Award Package

While the following details the bulk of the AIR award, we recognize that each project is different and encourage a discussion of individual needs to bring a project to life.  Each project will receive:

  • Use of the Studio Stage at Kinetic Arts Center for ~12-16 hours a week of daytime rehearsal time generally starting four (4) weeks prior to the production run,
  • Use of the Studio Stage as a performance space ~ three – six shows a weekend for two consecutive weekends (~45 seat intimate ‘black box’ theatre),
  • ~20 hours of directing and technical support including lighting, sound and technical rehearsals,
  • Marketing support including, postcards, exposure on KAC website, e-newsletters, etc., and use of Kinetic Arts Center’s extensive PR list, TBA postcard distribution,
  • Show technician and KAC Admin Staff (box office and house staff) in attendance at all performances.

Requirements of the Artists

amusedcoll_shootthatklown_liftphoto300dpiAs part of the Kinetic Arts Center community, Artists are expected to participate in the following ways (but not limited to as detailed in an AIR Agreement generated upon acceptance):

  • Interact with other faculty and students at KAC (workshops and specialized classes can be developed to offer the community in addition to possible teaching opportunities),
  • Use current connections and social media to promote your show,
  • Distribute printed materials in likely locations, complete all calendar listings and generate PR, etc., to help promote your show,
  • Make all current photos, press releases, blogs, etc., available on your website and available for use by KAC,
  • Be willing to be photographed, filmed, and/or interviewed for KAC archives and website,
  • Be responsible for the set up and clean-up of each rehearsal and performance,
  • Be willing to use and site Kinetic Arts Center (including logos) in future productions coming out of this residency for at least five years,
  • Have a well-developed and working website for the project including well thought-out branding, and marketing pieces (press releases, links to PR, head and promo shots, etc.).

Flux Vertical Theatre in the 2017 AIR Production of VOID. Photo Credit: Leah Marie of Elle Aime Photography

Application Process

Applications will be accepted either electronically or via hard copy from May 1, 2019 until August 1, 2019.  Awards will be announced by the end of the week of August 6, 2019 via email (accepted or not).  You will be asked to submit your project proposal, resume/artist statement, and six to ten images or digital samples of your work.  Projects with multiple artists need only apply as one project.  Please submit resumes/artist statements, etc., for each artist involved in the project.  Please submit multiple projects from one artist as separate proposals.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact the Company Manager,
Mariah Urueta,

Download the Print Friendly PDF – Information and Audition Packet with FAQ info:
Kinetic Arts Center, Artist in Residency – 2019 Season


  • Ross Travis & Amelia Van Brunt in the 2016 AIR production of  THE GREATEST MONKEY SHOW ON EARTH. Photo Credit: Shoot That Klown
  • Jaron Hollander & Slater Penney in THE SUBMARINE SHOW. Photo Credit: Shoot That Klown
  • Hélène Leveau & Aviva Rose-Williams in the 2017 AIR Production of HEDGEHOG’S DILEMMA. Photo Courtesy of Collective À Sens Unique
  • Jenjen Wong & Abby Madrone in Amused Collective’s 2015 AIR Production SINCERELY RESCRIPTED Photo Credit: Shoot That Klown
  • Flux Vertical Theatre in the 2017 AIR Production of VOID. Photo Credit: Leah Marie of Elle Aime Photography