Austin’s Fusebox and Texas Performing Arts Launch $20,000 Residency

by Christopher Blay August 22, 2020
Frank Wo/Men Collective

Frank Wo/Men Collective.

Texas Performing Arts (TPA) and Austin’s Fusebox Festival have teamed up for a new, Austin-based artist residency program. The residency will offer four individual artists/collectives $20,000 in project funding, including funds for technical support and artist fees, and give awardees access to the theaters, studios, and production shops at Texas Performing Arts. The in-kind space allowance is valued at $30,000, making the total award $50,000 for each of the four residents.

Via Fusebox’s announcement: “These are such difficult times for the performing arts field, and the goal of this new program is to get real resources and institutional support directly in the hands of artists in our city. We are grateful to TPA for the crucial support they are providing during this time, and this residency is dedicated to both supporting adventurous Austin-based artists and furthering the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion in our performing arts community.”

Gesel Mason's "Yes, And."

Gesel Mason’s “Yes, And.”

This is the inaugural year of the residency, and the organizations hope to use the experience and feedback from this first cycle to make it an annual program for the Austin performing arts community. The 2021-2022 program will include an Austin-area call for submissions, from which participants will be selected by a committee of Austin artists and arts leaders.

To begin the program, the current four collectives and artists have been selected. They include Frank Wo/Men, Gesel Mason, Rudy Ramirez, and Charles O. Anderson.

Rudy Ramirez' "The Ruining Lorca Trilogy: Quinces de Sangre, Yrma, and La Tamalada de Bernarda Alba." part of new residency.

Rudy Ramirez’ “The Ruining Lorca Trilogy: Quinces de Sangre, Yrma, and La Tamalada de Bernarda Alba.” part of new residency.


Charles O. Anderson's (Re)current Unrest, part of the new residency program

Charles O. Anderson’s “(Re)current Unrest,” part of the new residency program.

“These residencies are designed to be flexible and responsive to the needs of each participating artist and the project they plan to create, with an emphasis on the creative process, rather than immediate outcomes,” states the announcement. “We believe that the real costs of artistic creation should not fall squarely on the shoulders of artists.”

For more information about Fusebox, please go here.


Fusebox is a global hub for the study, commissioning, and presentation of contemporary live performance. Our programs bring unique artistic projects to thousands of people in Central Texas; provide support and resources to artists; and address vital civic issues at the center of contemporary life. Through our pioneering initiative Free Range Art, the Fusebox Festival is 100% free to attend. Our aim is to make new and adventurous art accessible to all.


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