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Read through the details of the Native Artist-in-Residence Program, budget information, timelines, who can apply, and more.

Calling all Native artists!

Apply for the Native Artist-in-Residence program at Seattle Rep, with an award of $10,000 for the year to work on an art project throughout the year. 

Budget & Compensation

The Native Artist-in-Residence’s total budget for the year will be $10,000.

Applicants who are invited to interview will be asked to share how they would like that $10,000 to be allocated. This budget encompasses compensation for the artist during their residence and expenses for the culminating art project, as well as meetings, events, and professional development associated with the project. Seattle Rep can collaborate with the artist to help develop their proposed budget and will mutually agree to a payment schedule. The Artist will be paid as an independent contractor.

Time Commitment

The residency spans from September to June with the second season beginning in September 2022.

The Artist-in-Residence will determine how much time each week or month they will spend on their project and in meetings and events at Seattle Rep. As long as they stay in consistent contact with Seattle Rep and maintain progress with their artistic project, they can determine how they would like to spend their time throughout the season.

Who Can Apply

Any person who identifies as American Indian or Alaska Native and who lives in or around King County (or on any reservation or tribal boundary in western Washington regardless of county), and can maintain a consistent connection with Seattle Rep. 

Artists/applicants can come from any discipline: theater, visual arts, writing, dance, 3D or 2D art, film, design etc. Applicants need not have any formal training but should have some previous experience creating in their preferred medium. 

Program Timeline

  • Applications are now open! 
  • August 15, 2022: Applications close 
  • August 2022: Follow up conversations with applicants as needed. 
  • August 2022: Confirmation of chosen artist (all applicants will receive a follow-up email)
  • September 2022: Residency starts
  • June 2023: Public or invited showcase.  

Questions? Contact Hattie Andres.


Who qualifies?

Anyone who is indigenous to the American continent and/or the territories of the United States qualifies, regardless of tribal enrollment or federal recognition status. We use “American Indian and Alaska Native” as a recognizable and broad term that aligns with other organizational opportunities nationally, but we recognize that no term can encompass the diversity and myriad of experiences with Native identity. In the application, we ask you to share your tribal affiliation in any way that you would like. As a regional theater, we additionally prioritize centering local communities and the tribes of Washington state.

Who is on the selection committee?

The selection committee consists of members of the Arts Engagement and Artistic departments at Seattle Rep, along with paid local Native consultants / artists.

Will meetings and events be online or in person?

The program can be a blend of in-person and virtual, depending on the access needs of the person selected. The intent is for the public or invited showcase to be an in-person event. We are monitoring the guidance of King County and the CDC regarding safety protocol for the COVID-19 pandemic. Strict health and safety guidelines will be followed for all in-person meetings or events.

How can I use the funds throughout the season?

The $10,000 budget for the program encompasses the art project, as well as meetings, events, and professional development associated with the project. The artist can choose exactly how they would like the money to be allocated – whether the full amount would go to their personal compensation, or whether an amount would go to materials or events or specific professional development opportunities. 

Do I have access to spaces for rehearsals, performances, and/or exhibits?

Yes! You will have access to our rehearsal spaces as available, the PONCHO Forum (at Seattle Rep) for performances, and the lobby spaces for exhibition. If the spaces you need are not available when you need them, we will work with you to find space for your project, and space rentals can be included in your project budget.

What kind of public interaction will I have to do during my residency?

The way that the public interacts with the Artist-in-Residence will be informed by the desires and preferences of the Artist-in-Residence. You may want to have several public appearances or events, or no direct interaction with the public. It is also possible that you may prefer a curated and invited audience for the showcase event. Native people have been historically exploited and tokenized in the name of performative inclusivity, so we seek to avoid that by allowing the Artist-in-Residence to decide if, when, and how they want to interact with the public during their residency. Instead of focusing on public offerings, the program centers relationship-building and professional and artistic development.

What other ways does Seattle Rep support Native artists?

We offer free tickets for Native individuals to see our productions; we provide our PONCHO Forum space for free for one-day public events or non-public group use; we provide space on our lobby resource table for Native organizations; and we work to feature Native visual artists in our lobby Art Walk each season. Learn more here.

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