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The Fellowship is a six-month paid residency for two individuals to collaboratively create a new performance-based project exploring environmental justice. Fellows will spend 10 hours/week developing this project with regular opportunities to share work, participate in other programs of Superhero Clubhouse, and engage with our community. The Fellowship will culminate in a presentation for an invited audience.


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TIMELINE

  • July 5 - Applications Open
  • August 5 - Applications Due
  • July 24-August 15 - Rolling Interviews  
  • August 20 - Fellows Announced
  • September 3 - Fellowship Begins
  • March 29 - Fellowship Ends 

WHY DID WE CREATE THIS FELLOWSHIP?
-To provide resources for people to make work at the intersection of environmental justice and performance. 
-To strengthen this work through collaboration across backgrounds and disciplines, including non-artists and artists.
-To spotlight voices with unique and important perspectives on environmental justice. 
-To bridge the perceived gap between social justice and environmentalism.
-To offer a holistic approach to eco-performance by engaging new people in the programs, tools, and community of Superhero Clubhouse.

WHAT IS ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE?
When all people receive equal access to clean air, water, and food. When communities on the front-lines of climate change are protected from disaster. When all people, especially those who have historically experienced the greatest impacts of environmental degradation, have a voice in shaping the future. When human communities and non-human ecosystems are thriving together. 

We view our work as a small facet of a larger cultural shift within the framework of a Just Transition, from Movement Generation.   

WHAT IS THE COMMITMENT?
Fellows are expected to develop an original performance-based project, to share their progress with the Superhero Clubhouse community each month, and to present a draft of this project for an invited audience at the end of the Fellowship. Fellows are also encouraged to participate in other Superhero Clubhouse programs and activities such as Big Green Theater classroom sessions and social gatherings. Applicants must reside in the NYC-metro area for the duration of the residency. 

WHAT RESOURCES ARE OFFERED?
-Each Fellow will receive a $500 stipend every month for six months, totaling $3,000.
-Space for Fellows to meet and work will be reserved at the beginning of the residency, based on the needs of the project.
-Rehearsals and a work-in-progress presentation will take place in March during the final weeks of the Fellowship; studio space and additional personnel (i.e. actors) will be provided, and invitations will be sent to relevant professionals, colleagues, and friends.
-Additionally, Fellows will be supported in their process through these activities:

CHECK-INS
At the beginning of each month, Fellows will meet with leaders of Superhero Clubhouse to discuss their process.

SALONS
At the end of each month, Fellows will attend two-hour Salons at The Lark Play Development Center. The Salon is a monthly peer-group for artists and thinkers to explore the intersection of environmental justice and performance. It offers an opportunity to unpack environmental concepts, share methods of creating eco-theater, engage with our Fellows as they develop performance material, and form collaborative relationships.

LABS
Twice during the sixth months, a five-hour Eco-Performance Lab will be offered to Fellows and open to the public. The Lab is a creative workshop for a mixed group of artists and non-artists to confront ecological crises through theater. Beginning with a presentation of research and culminating in short performances made by participants, The Lab is an introduction to Superhero Clubhouse’s approach to theater-making, offering tools to explore questions about who we are and how we move forward in our new, turbulent reality. The Labs hosted during the Fellowship will be catered to the subject matter of the Fellows’ project.

EXTRACURRICULARS
Throughout the six months there will occasionally be opportunities for Fellows to attend relevant performances, galleries, lectures, or similar events happening in NYC with core members of Superhero Clubhouse. Fellows are also encouraged to attend weekly classroom sessions of Big Green Theater (BGT), our ongoing eco-playwriting program at Bushwick schools, to observe fifth-grade students in the process of writing their own eco-plays. And there will be opportunities to gather socially with the Superhero Clubhouse community at our monthly Happy Hours and annual Solstice Celebration.

WHO SHOULD APPLY?
We welcome people of all experience, whether you are a professional artist, have some performance background, no performance background, or a mix. We are seeking applicants who:

  • Value the intersection of performative art, environmental justice, and science.
  • Thrive on making original work that is inventive, challenging, and hopeful. 
  • Want to work collaboratively with someone outside their field or practice to make a new performative piece, or expand on a previous project in its early stages.   
  • Want a holistic experience with Superhero Clubhouse; being connected through this Fellowship to all our programs and learning from our tools, resources, and community. 
  • Can commit fully to the schedule as laid out below (scroll down).

Equity and inclusion are a part of our core values. We recognize that differences in identity including age, background, class, gender, nationality, disability, race, sexual orientation, and perspective are essential to our organization and our processes. We are committed to uplifting voices from traditionally, misrepresented, underrepresented or marginalized communities. We encourage candidates who identify as people of color, disabled, trans, non-binary, and queer to apply. All applications will receive consideration.

You may apply as an individual OR as a collaborative pair
We are accepting two Fellows for our 2018-19 season. These Fellows will either be two individuals paired together by Superhero Clubhouse, or a previously-established collaborative pair. In either case, we are looking for two individuals from disparate areas of work. 

APPLYING AS AN INDIVIDUAL
If you are accepted into the Fellowship, you will be paired with someone from a discipline or field that is different from your own. We will make a match based on complementary interests, skills, and approaches to process. Individuals will develop one project together over the course of the Fellowship.

APPLYING AS A COLLABORATIVE PAIR
Applicants applying as a pair may have worked together in the past OR may be new collaborators. When applying as a collaborative pair, you may apply to develop an existing early-stage work or plan to create a new piece together.

BUT, REALLY, IS THIS FOR ME?
Maybe you’re a musician and you’ve always wanted to write music with a marine biologist on how overfishing has changed your home. Maybe you’re a stay-at-home mom who studied psychology who wants to make a show with your professional dancer friend on the grief of losing your home to climate change. Maybe you’re a community organizer and you are interested in collaborating with an architect on a project about food apartheid. Maybe you’re a playwright and you know an amazing business owner in your community with whom you want to tell stories about urban heat waves and drought. Those are only a few examples. The possibilities are endless. So, yes. This is for you. 

HOW TO APPLY

APPLY AS AN INDIVIDUAL:
1. Please fill out and submit this online application.  
2. We want to know more about how you do what you do. Send no more than 1-2 work samples that best represent your work to info@superheroclubhouse.org

Work samples can be in any medium. Please submit files titled as [YOUR NAME]_Fellowship18-19. 

  • Videos must be online links through Vimeo or Youtube. They can be up to 10 minutes in length, or you can give us cues to watch a shorter section of a longer video. Please tell us the password if the link is password-protected.
  • Written text can be up to 10 pages.
  • You can submit up to 10 photos.
  • A work sample may also be a written or voice-recorded description of a recent project that is relevant to this Fellowship. If you write this description, keep it to 500 words max. If you send a recording of yourself speaking this description, 3 minutes max. 

APPLY AS A COLLABORATIVE TEAM:
1. Please fill out and submit this online application.
2. We want to know more about how you do what you do. Send no more than 1-2 work samples that best represent your work to info@superheroclubhouse.org

  • If you have worked together before, send something you worked together on.
  • If you have not worked together before, send things you have worked on separately.

Work samples can be in any medium. Please submit files titled as [YOUR NAME]_Fellowship18-19. 

  • Videos must be online links through Vimeo or Youtube, passwords provided.
  • Written text can be up to 10 pages.
  • You can submit up to 10 photos.
  • A work sample may also be a written or voice recorded description of something you worked on recently that is relevant to this Fellowship. If you write this description, keep it to 500 words max. If you send is a recording of yourself speaking this description, 3 minutes max. 

CONTACT
If for any reason you are unable to submit an online written application, please email or call us to arrange an alternative. Any other questions? Get in touch! We are a small staff, so if we don’t answer, leave a message or try again later.

Email: info@superheroclubhouse.org
Phone: 347-395-6470

Schedule

*Starred events are not all required, and will be scheduled in discussion with Fellows. On average, there is an approximate 10 hour per week commitment. 

  • WEEK 15

    • Solstice Celebration* 
    • Work Sessions
  • WEEK 16

    • Salon 
    • Work Sessions 

JANUARY 7- FEBRUARY 1

  • WEEK 17

    • Check-in 
    • Big Green Theater Classroom*
    • Work Sessions 
  • WEEK 18

    • Lab #2
    • Big Green Theater Classroom*
    • Work Sessions 
  • WEEK 19

    • Big Green Theater Classroom*
    • Work Sessions
  • WEEK 20

    • Salon 
    • Big Green Theater Classroom*
    • Work Sessions 

FEBRUARY 4- MARCH 1

  • WEEK 17

    • Check-in 
    • Big Green Theater Classroom*
    • Work Sessions 
  • WEEK 18

    • Excursion*
    • Big Green Theater Classroom*
    • Work Sessions 
  • WEEK 19

    • Big Green Theater Classroom*
    • Work Sessions 
  • WEEK 20

    • Salon 
    • Big Green Theater Classroom*
    • Work Sessions

MARCH 4-29 

  • WEEK 21

    • Check-in 
    • Work Sessions 
  • WEEK 22

    • Rehearsals 
    • Work Sessions 
  • WEEK 23

    • Rehearsals 
    • Invited Showing 
  • WEEK 24

    • Debrief / Celebration 
    • Big Green Theater final draft reading* 

SEPTEMBER 3-28

  • WEEK 1 

    • Orientation / Check-in 
    • Work Sessions
  • WEEK 2

    • Lab #1
    • Work Sessions 
  • WEEK 3

    • Big Green Theater Classroom* 
    • Work Sessions
  • WEEK 4

    • Big Green Theater Classroom* 
    • Salon 
    • Work Session

OCTOBER 1-26

  • WEEK 5

    • Check-in 
    • Big Green Theater Classroom*
    • Work Sessions
  • WEEK 6

    • Excursion*
    • Big Green Theater Classroom*
    • Work Sessions
  • WEEK 7

    • Big Green Theater Classroom*
    • Work Sessions
  • WEEK 8

    • Salon 
    • Big Green Theater Classroom*
    • Work Session 

OCTOBER 29- NOVEMBER 21

  • WEEK 9

    • Check-in 
    • Big Green Theater Classroom*
    • Work Sessions
  • WEEK 10

    • Excursion*
    • Big Green Theater Classroom*
    • Work Sessions
  • WEEK 11

    • Big Green Theater Classroom*
    • Work Sessions 
  • WEEK 12

    • Salon 
    • Big Green Theater Classroom*
    • Work Session 

NOVEMBER 26- DECEMBER 21

  • WEEK 13

    • Check-in 
    • Work Sessions
  • WEEK 14

    • Work Sessions 

HISTORY

The Fellowship was piloted in the fall of 2016 in NYC with a mixed ensemble of theater and environmental professionals. Our original Fellows: Anthony Dvarskas, Nadia Foskolou, James Kennedy, Jame McCray, Stephanie Pearl, Skye Van Rensselaer. The Fellowship was managed by Alexandra Tsubota. READ MORE ABOUT OUR PAST FELLOWS AND FELLOWSHIP HERE. The Fellowship was originally conceived and developed by Sergio Botero, Josh BrowneJonathan Camuzeaux, Lanxing Fu, Nada Petrovic, and Jeremy Pickard. 


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