Catwalk Residency 2020


Applications now closed.

WHAT: Low-tech residency for all disciplines
WHEN: August 11 - November 1
WHO IS ELIGIBLE: Alumni with a Tisch graduate degree, Tisch Faculty, and Tisch staff with an MFA from any institution

DEADLINE: July 10th, 2020 (11:59PM EDT)

Health and safety during COVID19: Catwalk Institute has reviewed its operations, with the advice of medical professionals, and has implemented health and safety policies in response to the pandemic. Find more information here. Please note: Catwalk’s 2020 season may be suspended due to health concerns or governmental directives.

In Spring 2015, the Tisch Initiative for Creative Research launched a partnership with Catwalk Institute, offering residency opportunities for alumni, faculty, and staff. Catwalk provides a unique, low-tech environment for artists and scholars from the Tisch community to write, reflect, and create on Catwalk’s 70-acre property in Catskill, NY. Residents stay at the property in private living spaces with separate work spaces available for use across the property. Full use of the grounds is encouraged along with exploration of the Catskill and Hudson area. Projects that are collaborative and/or connect specifically to the region are especially appropriate for selection. While there are no traditional performance spaces or movement studios, site-specific performance works are encouraged.

Applications for 2020 Residencies will be due by 11:59pm (EDT) on Friday, July 10th.


  • Applicants must have a graduate degree from NYU Tisch School of the Arts OR be a current faculty member at NYU Tisch School of the Arts
  • Current Tisch staff members with an MFA (from any institution) are also strongly encouraged to apply
  • Requests must be for two to three weeks
  • Solo projects are also encouraged this year
  • Applicant must be able to make their own travel arrangements


To apply for the Catwalk 2020 Residency you must complete this Google Form by 11:59pm (EDT) on Friday, July 10th. A panel of Tisch’s Catwalk alumni (including current Tisch faculty and staff) will review and nominate proposals to be considered by Catwalk leadership and staff. Catwalk will review nominated applications and contact artists directly to confirm residency.

Important Information to Note

  1. Successful applicants will clearly articulate in a one page description of their work:
    • Your project and where you are in your creative process
    • What you hope to achieve during the residency
    • How being in residence in the Catskills relates to your project/process
    • Whether the work you're proposing would be well-served by some kind of public component - a reading, a demonstration or roundtable discussion, an informal/studio presentation, etc.*
  2. Awarded applicants are responsible for arranging their own travel to, from and around Catskills
  3. Funds are NOT provided for any resident for any reason
  4. Residents must be available for the full length of their stay
  5. At the conclusion of their research activity, applicants will be asked to share findings from their research and to participate in an informal evaluation of their experience

*Note: Public events will not be possible in 2020 but we may return to them in 2021, so please answer this question so we can consider your needs in the future.

Applications are due July 10th (11:59PM EDT) by completing this Google Form.

For additional questions, contact and use subject line: Catwalk Question 2020.


Past Recipients:
Nikko Benson, musical theater
Kiera Bono, performance
Joey Contreras, musical performance
Robert Gonyo, theater
Richard Hanson, musical theater
Emily Gardner Xu Hall, musical theater
Peter Hodgson, musical theater
Edison Hong, musical theater
Allison Kaufman, audio/video
Hansol Kim, musical theater
Laura Kravitz, dance
Chae Lee, musical theater
Yoonmi Lee, musical theater
Chang Liu, visual arts
Victoria Mack, theater
Jessica Mantell, performance
Divya Maus, musical theater
Ariel Mitchell, musical theater
Steven Pestana, art history
Ethan Philbrick, performance
Emily Roller, musical theater
Julia Ross, theater
Aaron Sherwood, visual arts
Jill Sigman, performance
Emily Simons, musical theater
Kate Thomas, musical theater
Indah Walsh, dance
Kathleen Wrinn, musical theater
Berit Ahlgren, dance
Tati Barrantes, film
Maggie-Kate Coleman, musical theatre
Christine Doempke, performance
Ty Defoe, musical theatre
Dewey Fleszar, musical theatre
Erato A Kremmyda, musical theatre
Chanelle Pearson, film
Tidtaya Sinutoke, musical theatre
Jeff Stark, visual arts
John Douglas Weidner, theatre

Past Reviewers:
Andy Teirstein, Dance
Rosemary Quinn, Drama
Cusi Cram, Dramatic Writing
Harry Winer, Undergraduate Film & TB
Clara Fernandez-Vara, Tisch Game Center
Randall Eng, Graduate Musical Theatre Writing
Scott Miller, Graduate Acting
Scott Illingworth, Graduate Acting
Pam Pietro, Dance
Caitlin Berrigan, Photo and Imaging
Dana Whitco, Tisch Initiative for Creative Research