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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 to work on an artistic project throughout the year. 

Budget & Compensation

The Native Artist-in-Residence’s total budget for the year will be $10,000. This budget encompasses compensation for the Artist during their residence and expenses for the culminating artistic project, as well as meetings, events, compensation for other collaborators, 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 2023 to June 2024. As long as they stay in consistent contact with Seattle Rep and maintain progress with their artistic project, the Artist can determine how they would like to spend their time throughout the season. In addition to their artistic project activities, the Artist is welcomed and encouraged to attend all staff events and opening night performances whenever their schedule allow. 

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

  • June 27, 2023: Applications open 
  • July 30, 2023: Applications close at 11:59 p.m.
  • August 2023: Follow up conversations with applicants as needed. 
  • August 2023: Confirmation of chosen artist (all applicants will receive a follow-up email)
  • September 2023: Residency begins
  • Spring 2024: Public or invited showcase.  

Examples of Past Residencies

D.A. Navoti (2022/23 Season) 

  • Lead a multidisciplinary Queer Storytelling Cohort, which met quarterly and culminated in a public showcase to kick off Pride Month 
  • Utilized residency funds to compensate an editor for a book they authored 

Arianne True (2021/22 Season) 

  • Completed a manuscript of poetry 
  • Took professional development lessons for looping technology and recording 
  • Produced an immersive art installation featuring poetry from the manuscript and an audio landscape, in conversation with Seattle Rep’s production of Ghosts 

Learn more about our past Native Artists-in-Residence.


Questions? Contact Deanna Martinez.


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 and adjust our health and safety guidelines accordingly.

How can I use the funds throughout the season?

The $10,000 budget for the program encompasses the artistic 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, events, compensation for other collaborators, or specific professional development opportunities. The Artist will be paid as an independent contractor. 

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

Yes! You will have access to our meeting and 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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