“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 Brooklyn and 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 for the 2018-2019 BRIClab season are now closed. Check back here or join our email list to learn about the next opportunity to apply. See below for requirements and information about last year's application process. Details subject to change.


Artists receive:

  • Exclusive use of the BRIC House Artist Studio for 10-12 days (8am – 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 and usually in the evenings on Thursday & Friday of 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:

  • THU, DEC 14, 10AM–11:30AM
  • THU, DEC 14, 6:30PM–8PM
  • MON, DEC 18, 1PM–2:30PM

All information sessions will be held at BRIC House, 647 Fulton St., Downtown Brooklyn. Please RSVP to these sessions by emailing BRIClab@bricartsmedia.org


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.)

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: 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.
    2. Project Title
    3. Project Summary
      In two sentences or less, please summarize the project you would like to develop in a BRIClab residency.
    4. Project Description
      Please tell us about the project you would like to develop in a BRIClab residency.
    5. Artist Name(s) and Bio(s)
      Please share the name, project role, and a brief bio for each of the key artists involved in the residency.
    6. What are your residency goals?
      Tell us where you are in the development process and what you want to achieve in this residency. Be as specific as possible about how you would use the time, space and technical resources provided.
    7. Who is your audience and what do you envision sharing with them during the work-in-progress showings at the end of the residency?
      Briefly describe who you think the audience is for your work and what you'd like to share with them. How will the public showings be useful to you and the development of your project? 
    8. 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.
    9. 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.


    Please share up to three work samples that demonstrate your work, and tell us how it relates to the project you are proposing the notes section.

    • For theater/dance/multidisciplinary work video is encouraged. We prefer unedited video (as opposed to promotional footage), but please direct us to particular sections of the work, if desired.
    • Music artists may submit audio.
    • Playwrights may submit scripts.


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