Make Room on 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, ensembles, and participatory theater makers 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 available during the weekday and is yours for the full week.


You and your team must be available on Saturday and Sunday for an open house. That means greeting visitors to the house, telling them about your work and your process, allowing visitors a glimpse into your rehearsal process, and presenting showings no longer than 20 minutes of your work-in-progress to the public. Residencies are available for the weeks between July 31 and September 10.

Our goal is to provide space for directors and creators to explore and practice their craft, and 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, participatory work 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.