Arts + Public Life’s New 2019/20 Performance Residency Program

Arts + Public Life’s Green Line Performing Arts Center supports performance-based artistic practices. As a venue on Chicago’s South Side, Green Line Performing Arts Center builds upon Arts + Public Life’s existing partnerships with local artists and arts organizations, develops new creative relationships, and offers:

  • Performance related residencies for companies and directors
  • Education: training, master classes, and workshops
  • Theater, performance, and film-based programming
  • Rehearsal and performance space

Thursday, August 1st, 2019

Deadline extended! Tuesday, September 3, 2019 (11:59PM CST)



Arts + Public Life offers two performance residency tracks at the Green Line Performing Arts Center. Track One is designed for companies-theatre ensembles and performance collectives. Track Two is designed for directors, individuals with experience and strong desire for a career in theatre directing. The Performance Residency Program is intended to workshop and develop small scale productions. It is expected that participants of both residency tracks will provide: one workshop, master class or training program to the public free of charge rooted in their practice.


The Theatre Residency Program provides incubation space for two existing theatre companies with South Side Chicago roots–companies founded to have an active presence on Chicago’s South Side, or have predominantly South Side based members. Residency length is in four month terms. Term One takes place from November through February and Term Two will take place from April through July. Both terms allow for a one week load-in and rehearsal and 2-4 week run. Space costs will be incurred at a significantly reduced rate in our ‘Introductory Year’ of operations.


The Director Residency provides a creative environment and contemplative space for the initial development of an idea, concept, and/or new play, musical, performance piece or devised work. The Director Residency is to support residents in furthering their careers in directing. Four residents per residency term will interface with leading Chicago theatre directors and industry professionals and provided a monthly stipend of $1000. This customizable nine month residency allows participants to develop works and realize overlooked original materials crafted by or about ALANNA (African, Latinx, Asian, Arab, Native American) communities. NOTE: The Director Residency will open in 2020.


  • Residency applicants should have a demonstrated history of rooting their practice in community engagement. Arts + Public Life visual and performing arts residencies are typified by active immersion in public-facing aspects of APL. During the duration of all APL residencies, artists/companies/directors are often present leading public readings, workshops, programs, artists talks. Preference is given to artistic practices that:
  • Examine themes relevant to South Side communities both on and off University of Chicago’s  Hyde Park campus
  • Encourage open, ongoing, and active community participation 
  • Explores dimensions of ethnicity and race--expansive cultural implications and routine individual experiences 
  • Privilege research methodologies as an integral part of the creative process 
  • Deepen understandings of race, class, gender, and sexuality, as well as their interconnections and implications


  • Apply via the UChicago Arts SlideRoom at
  • Applications must be submitted through the UChicago Arts SlideRoom page by the deadline specified above.
  • To submit a proposal, create a SlideRoom account, click on “APL/GLPAC Theatre Residency Program 2019/2020” and complete the application.
  • Supporting materials (video, audio recordings, photographs, etc.) should be uploaded along with the application in your SlideRoom submission.
  • Please note that only those applications submitted through SlideRoom will be considered for the residency.