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SPACE on Ryder Farm Announces 2023 Residents

This season SPACE plans to honor existing commitments to a cohort of over 40 artists who applied and were accepted, but whose residencies have had to be deferred primarily due to the pandemic.

BREWSTER, N.Y.: SPACE on Ryder Farm has selected participants for their 2023 Creative Residency, Greenhouse Residency, Institutional Residency, and wrap-up of the 2022 Working Farm, as well as the recipients of the Bryan Gallace/Posthumous Prodigy Productions Fellowship.

With the 2023 season, SPACE plans to honor existing commitments to a cohort of over 40 artists who applied and were accepted, but whose residencies have had to be deferred primarily due to the pandemic. Since its founding in 2011, SPACE has served over 1,550 residents. SPACE will open applications for new residencies in the fall of 2024.

“I couldn’t have asked for a more engaging group of residents to share in the communal table for my first year at SPACE,” said executive director Kelly M. Burdick in a statement. “We are grateful for everyone’s patience as we have worked through pandemic deferments and eagerly await their arrival to the farm.”

SPACE is pleased to welcome back members of the 2022 Working Farm Emily Gardner Xu HallIsaac GómezNoelle Viñasand Ray Yamanouchi to complete their time with 2023 Creative Residencies. The Working Farm is SPACE’s resident writers’ group which provides playwrights, composers, lyricists, and/or librettists with a non-consecutive five-week residency to work towards a new piece. SPACE’s current Working Farm Residency was curated by playwright Vichet Chum.

Participants in the 2023 Greenhouse Residency include Deborah Cowell, Nick Martin, storäe michele, Najee Omar, and Emily Preis. This season’s Greenhouse Residency was curated by writer, educator, and cultural worker Nissy Aya and offers playwrights or theatre writers, who have not had access to or are working outside of traditional theatre institutions, a week-long residency at SPACE. During the residency, participants will have time and space to write as well as to participate in workshops.

Participants in the 2023 Creative Residency program include playwrights Melisa TienSanaz Toossi and Jonathan Spector, writer Jonathan E. Jacobs, playwright/performer Stefani Kuo 郭佳怡, musician Riley Mulherkar, and visual artist Rami Georgeamong others

Artists participating in 2023 Creative Residencies through Joe’s Pub include Sita Chay J. HoardOlivia K., Latasha N. Nevada Diggs, and Roshni Samlal. Theatre/Film director Morgan Green and playwright Abe Koogler will be in residence through Playwrights Horizons. Playwright Aya Geyer and audiovisual artists J and Gabriel Ruiz will be in residency with Audible Theater. The Creative Residency serves artists and activists working accross a wide range of projects and disciplines with one-week residencies.

SPACE welcomes groups from Roundabout Theatre Company and Wilma Theatre for artistic planning retreats, and Liberation Theatre Company, a home for creative emerging Black playwrights, with Calley Anderson, Devon Kidd, Malcolm Tariq, and Zakeia Tyson-Cross, in residency this year. Cave Canem, founded by Toi Derricotte and Cornelius Eady in 1996 to remedy the underrepresentation and isolation of African-American poets in the literary landscape, will also be in residency in 2023. SPACE’s Institutional Residencies offer 501c(3) organizations and incorporated ensembles time and space for artistic commissions, DEIJ goals, strategic planning and retreat opportunities.

Jamila Woods and Julian Hornik are the recipients of this year’s Bryan Gallace/Posthumous Prodigy Productions Fellowship, an annual award which offers musicians time and space on Ryder Farm to create new work, as well as transformative financial support to be used for professional growth. Jamila and Julian will each receive $30,000. Jamila will use the funding to create an immersive live performance and concert video. Julian will use the funding to record an album and produce two live shows.

SPACE on Ryder Farm is a nonprofit residency program and organic farm located on the ancestral land of the Wappinger people in modern-day Putnam County, New York, on the grounds of a 227-year-old family homestead. SPACE seeks to create an environment singular in its ability to invigorate artists and innovators and their work, and to contribute to the sustainability and resourceful preservation of one of the oldest organic family farms on the East Coast.

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