Who: TYA artists (*Either independent or representing a TYA/USA member organization; Applicants must be current TYA/USA members to apply), along with a chosen UT Austin student.
What:The opportunity for TYA artists to connect with other artists in the field, see each other’s work in action, apply what they learn to their future work, and inspire the next generation of TYA artists. The fellowship aims to elevate the quality of the TYA landscape by sparking creativity, generating dialogue, and enriching the practice of artists in the field.
How It Works:A TYA artist identifies another TYA artist working in a different location whose work they are interested in seeing in action. Both artists apply together. The awarded pair will attend the IPAY Showcase together to experience international work as a pair, travel to see each other’s produced artistic work, and utilize the experience for peer exchange (ideally, the award allows an exchange that has not been previously possible). An awarded UT Austin student will join in all of the visits as an observer and participant in conversation as opportunity for learning and professional development.
Award: TYA/USA will award (1) pair of TYA artists up to $8,000 ($4,000 for each artist) for several trips over the course of a two-year exchange (2018-2019). Complimentary Registration for the 2018 Spark Sessions Pre-Conference at the IPAY Showcase in Philadelphia (January 23, 2018) and One Theatre World 2019 in Atlanta (May 8-11, 2019).
The UT Austin TYA Artistic Exchange Fellowship provides TYA artists and organizations the opportunity to connect with other artists in the field, see each other’s work in action, and apply what they learn to their future work. The fellowship aims to elevate the quality of the TYA landscape by sparking creativity, generating dialogue, and enriching the practice of awarded artists.
How the Program Works:
IDENTIFY A PARTNER: A TYA artist/company identifies another TYA artist/company working in a different location whose work they are interested in seeing in action
OBSERVE THEATRE IN ACTION: Both artists apply together. The awarded pair will see each other’s artistic work and utilize the experience for peer exchange (ideally, the award allows an exchange that had not been previously possible).
SHARE AND EXCHANGE IDEAS: A chosen UT Austin graduate student will participate in all of the visits as an observer and participant in conversation. Awardees will include graduate student in their dialogue, impacting the next generation of TYA practitioners through their own exchange and development.
Awarded pairs will receive a total of $8000 over two years to take four trips ($4000 for each participating artist to cover the cost of travel, accommodation and expenses related to the exchange):
EXCHANGE #1: DEVELOP A SHARED LANGUAGE AROUND QUALITY: Both artists will attend OTW Sessions 2018/IPAY Showcase to see a range of international TYA together, using the experience as a way to begin a conversation around quality and excellence in TYA
EXCHANGE #2: SEE AND SHARE THEATRE IN ACTION: One artist travels to see the fully-produced work of the other, and ensure time for conversation and reflection before and after the observation.
EXCHANGE #3: SEE AND SHARE THEATRE IN ACTION: One artist travels to see the fully-produced work of the other, and ensure time for conversation and reflection before and after the observation.
EXCHANGE #4: SHARE OUT AND REFLECTION FOR THE FIELD: Both artists present on their experience at the OTW 2019 Conference in Atlanta.
We will be funding one project for 2018/19:
1) $8,000 for artistic exchange between two TYA/USA member artists/companies* over the course of two years ($4000 for each participating artist to cover the cost of travel, accommodation and expenses related to the exchange).
2) Complimentary registration fees to OTW Sessions and One Theatre World 2019 as part of the fellowship for both artists.
All materials must be submitted to the application link above.
A complete application includes:
– A complete application form
– A two page narrative of the proposed project
– A proposed budget
– A current resume for each applicant (2 pages max)
If your proposal is selected, you will need to provide a written report and expense documentation before receiving reimbursement. The report will include a 50-word excerpt summarizing your entire experience or one unique moment that we can use to tell others about the Fellowship. Photos or video documentation is encouraged. You will also have the opportunity to write about your experience for TYA Today Online and present at the OTW Conference. The participating UT Austin student must be involved in your sharing of findings in a meaningful way.
APPLICATION NARRATIVE: All applications must include a project narrative (up to 2 pages) submitted jointly by the pair of applying artists, that clearly and succinctly describes the goals of the artistic exchange. Please address the following questions in your narrative:
Why did you chose each other for this opportunity? Why do you think this pairing will be a successful fit for this fellowship? Are you familiar with each other’s work and practice in the TYA field? Please describe.
Why are you interested in the opportunity of artistic exchange with each other? How do you feel that an artistic exchange between you and/or your companies will enrich the quality of your own work?
What aspects of your own practice do you hope to focus on within your exchange?
APPLICATION PROPOSED SCHEDULE/TIMELINE AND BUDGET: All applications must also include a proposed fellowship timeline and budget for the two year exchange. The timeline must include OTW Sessions/IPAY Showcase in January 2018 in Philadelphia, and One Theatre World Conference in May 2019 in Atlanta. These two trips must be factored into the overall budget. Registration fees for both conferences will be covered outside of the $8000 award.
The UT Austin TYA Artistic Exchange Fellowship seeks to promote proposals that:
1) Support the career development of theatre artists committed to theatre for young audiences.
2) Provide an experience for artists who might not have this opportunity for exchange without the help of the fellowship.
3) Demonstrate a genuine interest in critical dialogue and reflection about one’s own practice and the work of another artist, in order to elevate the quality of both artists’ work.
4) Have an impact beyond the direct experience of the applicant. Will it enrich the institution, organization or community the applicant is affiliated with? Can it positively impact the TYA community at large?
5) Offer an interest in mentoring and impacting the next generation of TYA artists through the participation of a UT Austin grad student over the course of the exchange.