The Kimmel Cultural Campus, in collaboration with Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater, developed the Theater Residency program to invite world-class performing artists to create new work that engaged and embraced the community. The residency program supported the development of new music theater, works of narrative music, and cabaret, and functioned as an incubator for innovative performances while pushing artists both professionally and personally.
The partnership provided guidance and dramaturgy to artists in the creation of their works, with additional opportunity for further development and production at Joe’s Pub, the Kimmel Cultural Campus and beyond. While the program acted as an incubator to produce completed works, the self-exploration, meaningful peer review, and creation of new insights regarding musical narratives was the focus of the writing workshops.
During the two-week intensive program held at SEI Innovation Studio, teams of performers collaborated to create and develop work, which was later presented in a final reading for the public. Artists were encouraged to focus on text, voice, music, body, how those elements were woven together into musical and theatrical storytelling, and how the work resonated with audiences.