“BRIClab allowed for me a creative period like never before. The unlimited access to the beautiful studio, the use of tech equipment beforehand, and the more than qualified BRIC staff made this experience a game-changer.”
—Yara Travieso, BRIClab alum Fall 2014

BRIClab is a commissioning and residency development program for New York City-based artists to explore and expand the possibilities of their work in music, dance, theater, and multidisciplinary performance. Free and open exploration and intentional commitment to process—with the support of the staff and resources that BRIC offers—are at the heart of the BRIClab program. Artists receive stipends and an intensive residency in BRIC's Artist Studio with development time, opportunities for artistic mentoring, and work-in-process performances. 

Applications are closed for the 2019-2020 Season. Sign up for our email list to be the first to know when applications open up for the 2020-2021 BRIClab Season. 

Artists receive:

  • Exclusive use of the BRIC House Artist Studio for 10-12 days (10am – 10pm)
  • Artist stipend of $1750
  • Additional $200 for Creative Advisor honorarium
  • Technical support from BRIC’s production staff
  • Two work-in-progress showings, determined by BRIC (usually Thursday & Friday evening in the 2nd week of the residency), followed by artist/audience dialogues
  • Photographic and video documentation of showings


Information sessions are not required, but are an opportunity to speak directly with program staff and to see the Artist Studio space.

Upcoming information session dates are included below:

  • MON, JAN 7, 3–4:30PM
  • MON, JAN 14, 6:30–8PM
  • THU, JAN 17, 10:30AM–12PM

Please RSVP to these sessions HEREAll information sessions will be held at BRIC House, 647 Fulton St., Downtown Brooklyn.


BRIClab is for Brooklyn or New York City based artists who:

  • Are developing new work that is relevant to diverse Brooklyn audiences
  • Are exploring their interests and questions with thoughtful processes and can articulate a context for their work
  • Are excited by the opportunity to share their work with the public and who embrace dialogue with audiences as a meaningful part of their process
  • Can articulate (for multi-disciplinary work) an understanding or purposeful examination of how the various disciplines will interact and serve the whole

Across the season of BRIClab residencies we look for diversity and/or resonance in:  

  • racial and cultural perspective
  • discipline (dance, theater, music, multi-discipline)
  • method/practice (collaboratively developed, solo work, heavily researched, more or less embodied, etc.)
  • place in career (emerging, mid-career, and established)

Projects will be chosen through an internal curatorial review.

Past BRIClab artists include:  Built for Collapse, Stephanie Fleischmann & Saskia Lane, James Harrison Monaco & Jerome Ellis, Liza Jessie Peterson, Kyoung Park, Emily Chadick Weiss, Mario Correa, Phillip Howze, a canary torsi, Same As Sister, Amy Evans, Cori Olinghouse, Okwui Okpokwasili, Dean Moss, Anna Moench, Tectonic Theater Project, Nora York, Jacinta Vlach, Roy Nathanson & The Jazz Passengers, David Neumann/advanced beginner group, Yara Travieso, The Debate Society, Samita Sinha, Stew.

Recent projects developed with BRIClab support have gone on to presentations at venues including: BAM, NYTW, The Invisible Dog, Abrons Art Center, The Kitchen, REDCAT (LA), Portland Institute of Contemporary Art’s TBA Festival, Theater Alliance, FABNYC, New York Live Arts, PS122.


    • To apply for a BRIClab residency, please fill out and submit the Application Form online at SlideRoom at www.bric.slideroom.com.
    • Applications require a project description, artist bio(s), and work samples
    • Applicants will be required to cover online application fees. A completed submission including work samples is $5.


    1. Choose the discipline category that best reflects your project
      This is not meant to be a straight-jacket, just pick the one you think is best.
      * This question may have follow-up questions.
    2. Project Title
    3. Project Summary
      In two sentences or less, please summarize the project you would like to develop in a BRIClab residency. (300 characters)
    4. Project Description
      In more detail, please tell us about the project you would like to develop in a BRIClab residency. What is it? Why is it important? What impact do you hope it might have? Please place the project in context with your past work and your artistic practice. If multi-disciplinary, tell us how the various disciplines interact and serve the whole. (2500 characters)
    5. Artist Name(s) and Bio(s)
      Please share the name, project role, and a brief bio for up to four key collaborators involved in the residency. (3000 characters)
    6. Project Developmental History
      Tell us about the developmental history of the project up until this moment. Feel free to include ideation and research phases. What did you learn from past developmental phases? How have those learnings informed next steps? Where are you now? Please include any confirmed future residencies and/or productions. (2000 characters)
    7. Residency Goals
      Tell us what you want to achieve in this residency, and where you hope the project will be at the conclusion of a BRIClab residency. Be as specific as possible about what resources are necessary for you to achieve your goals, and how you would use the time, space and technical resources provided. (1500 characters)
    8. Audience and work-in-progress showings
      Who is your audience? What specific audiences/communities do you hope to engage through this project, and what do you envision sharing with them during the showings? How will the public showings be useful to you and the development of your project? (1500 characters)
    9. In which season are you looking to develop a project?
      Tell us what your ideal is. If you really don't have a preference, choose "either one." If it's more complicated than that, tell us in the "other" section.
    10. Brooklyn Affiliation
      Please tell us your relationship to Brooklyn. Brooklyn affiliation is not required for a BRIClab residency, but it is considered alongside the other parts of the application.
    11. How did you hear about the BRIClab open call?
    12. Have you applied for a BRIClab Residency before?
      * This question may have follow-up questions.
    13. Have you been part of someone else's BRIClab Residency?
      * This question may have follow-up questions.


    Please share up to three work samples that demonstrate your work. Be sure to tell us how it relates to the project you are proposing in the additional details section.

    • For theater/dance/multidisciplinary work, video is encouraged. We prefer unedited video (as opposed to promotional footage). Please direct us to a particular section of the work that is 5-10 minutes in length.
    • Music artists may submit audio. Please direct us to a 3-5 minute section of the audio, if applicable.
    • Playwrights may submit scripts. Please direct us to a 20-30 page section of the play.


    Questions? Contact B.J. Evans, Senior Producer, Performing Arts at briclab@bricartsmedia.org