APPLY NOW: The Artist-Investigator Project

The Triangle Lab Announces a Call for Proposals


What’s the Triangle Lab?A joint program of Intersection for the Arts and California Shakespeare Theater, the Triangle Lab is investigating how more people can participate in theater-making in more and different ways. We’re a lab because we’re experimenting, and a triangle because we’re interested in the power of art made in the intersections between arts organizations, artists, and communities.


What’s the Artist-Investigator Project?Our communities are changing, the ways we engage with culture are changing, and our art-making is changing too. We want to learn from artists like you how you envision the performances of the future. With this project, we’ll offer funding to ten artists to conduct small-scale experiments in new kinds of performance.

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What kind of experiments?You’ll lay out your experiment in our short application form (see next page). We’ll ask you to choose either a HOW or a WHERE focus. “HOW Experiments” should explore a particular method of making work. “WHERE Experiments” should explore a particular place (real or virtual) where you’d like your work to take place. There must be a performative component to either the process or product of your experiment. These are small-scale processes (in the neighborhood of 50 hours of work time). Each experiment will clearly articulate who (audience, community) will be part of making/experiencing the work and how that participation will take place.

How will it work?Interested parties should fill out the form on the third page of this document and submit it to From those submissions, we’re going to select ten artists who will each receive $3,000 to pay yourselves and/or other collaborators, plus another $1,000 for project expenses. One of the goals of the Triangle Lab is to gather a community of artists who can connect and share work with each other and help advance the dialogue in the field about evolutions in performance and community process. To this end, we’ll ask the selected group of ten to gather with each other three times over the course of the project and to document your work for sharing with the field-at-large. We’ll provide help with documentation and also some support from our staff as you make plans around community connections and production issues.

What is the timeline?The application deadline is Monday, December 3, 2012. We’ll gather further info from finalists through December. Projects will be selected by early 2013; work can begin anytime thereafter and should be completed before December 2013.

Who should apply? We’re looking for artists who want to investigate, who are curious to invent, discover, or refine a particular way of working. You don’t need to be an artist whose work is primarily based in performance but there does need to be a performative component to either your process or outcome. Theater, dance, performance, and visual artists, multi-disciplinary artists and artists exploring social practice are all invited to apply.

How will projects be selected? Projects will be selected by panel review. Selections will be based on how interesting your project sounds, how clearly you’ve outlined the connections between your methods and who will participate, and how likely it seems that you’ll be able accomplish your proposed activities. We’ll aim to select a balance among types of experiments, kinds of participating artists, and different communities who will be engaged with the work.

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