MAKE ROOM on Governors Island


  • Governors Island

Free rehearsal space for artists to make and show vital work.

Barton Booth is accepting applications from directors, creators, choreographers, musicians, writer/director teams, and ensembles to spend one week on Governor’s Island this summer to develop new work, explore ideas, devise, explore collaboration, and practice your chops. 

We provide you with a reasonably-sized room in a 150 year old house on the island and a steady stream of visitors to view your work in progress. You bring your ideas, some actors, and whatever you need to do your work. The space is yours for the full week. The only catch is that you must make your works-in-progress available to visitors on Governor’s Island through short presentations no more than 20 minutes in length.

Our goal is to provide space for directors and creators to explore and practice their craft, and just need a room and an audience to try out their work. This residency is perfect for devising, choreographic and physical storytelling, text development with actors, staging rehearsals, crafting theatrical moments, and more. Please note that this is not a traditional theatrical space and does not come with traditional theatrical equipment. This is an empty room to work, play, create, and devise, and the residency is designed to be process-focused.

The Details:

  • We are looking for works-in-progress that have not had a prior production. If you've never even attempted the idea, even better.
  • Pieces should be in the very early stages of development and the final presentation for showing must be no more than 20 minutes.
  • Accepted proposals will receive access to half of a house on Governor’s Island for one week during the nine week period of July 25 through September 25. 
  • The space is available Monday through Sunday, 11am-5pm during the residency. 
  • Groups are expected to show multiple public presentations, no more than 20 minutes in length, Friday-Sunday. The bulk of the showings will be on Saturday and Sunday, with Friday acting as a work day with limited showings. The same excerpt can be shown multiple times. Groups must decide on a set schedule for their weekend showings for publicity purposes.
  • Any type of work will be considered, as long as it is performative and in need of further development. Comedians, musicians, theater makers, improv actors, choreographers, directors, clowns, oral historians, storytellers, solo artists, and anyone looking to explore live art are encouraged to apply.
  • Showings of the work will be open to the public.
  • Applications and additional materials must be received by Saturday, May 28 2016 at 11:59pm for consideration.

Submissions have closed for MAKE ROOM. If you have a project, idea, or proprosal that you'd like to submit for future consideration for this or any of our programs, please drop us an email. Any other questions? Email us: bj at bartonbooth dot com