N.E.W. Residency Program

N.E.W (New Expressive Works) – An Artist Residency Program

New Expressive Works is excited to continue into the ninth session of our Artist Residency program. Applications are now available. Deadline for applications is APRIL 26th, 2017


– PDF (Summer2017Residencyapplication


– Important dates for the JUNE – DECEMBER 2017 residency. Click here.
– Application process. Click here.
– Resource Council, N.E.W. Staff and more about N.E.W. Residents. Click here.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM: With the goal of providing more sustainable opportunities for new works of artistic excellence to be created, N.E.W. (New Expressive Works) is ready to accept applications from choreographers for the June 2017 – December 2017 Session.

OUR VISION: 1) To support artistic excellence in the creation of new works by choreographers from ALL levels in their professional careers. 2) To encourage and promote diversity in movement genres (classical, modern, Western, non-Western etc.)

 GOAL: Select 4 N.E.W. residents to choreograph and produce 20-minute works. These works-in-progress will be showcased at the end of the six-month residency in a 3-night ticketed performance sponsored by New Expressive Works.


– Each resident receives a maximum of 6 hours of rehearsal time per week (A total of 144 hours of rehearsal hours for the entire residency). These will be divided into two 3-hour slots and mostly available between 8am and 6pm during the weekdays. Exceptions will be made on a case to case basis.

– N.E.W. residents participate in “Fieldwork,” a peer-to-peer feedback process. Every 6 weeks, or so, all participants will gather (with facilitator and N.E.W. Program Director) to share your developing work and exchange feedback to support cultivating insight into composition and strengthening one’s ability to give critical commentary. These dates will be confirmed on June 7th during your orientation.

– Residents might present their work in progress once, in the middle of the residency to an invited audience. This rehearsal will be a Fieldwork facilitated session where you will receive feedback from the invited (you can invite mentors and those you want to hear from) guests. The final work will be showcased the last weekend of the residency. This showcase will be a 3-night ticketed performance run, sponsored by New Expressive Works. The dates for this residency will be December 15th – 17th 2017.

– All resident artists become part of the studio community and we ask that you will be responsible in helping to maintain our studios.

– We have a second studio in N.E.W. that will support the residency program – Studio 1 is an accessible, 750 square feet dance floor. Residents might be allocated to the smaller studio if Studio 2 is reserved.

– On successful completion each N.E.W. Resident:-

– Receives a $350.00 stipend. This stipend is funded in part by a Project Grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council & Work for Art.
– Has access to high resolution images and a digitally manipulatable video of their performance
– Becomes a N.E.W. alum and will indefinitely receive discounted rehearsal rate of $10/hour. If alums book N.E.W. as a venue for future performances there will be a 15% discount to the regular rates.


Orientation: June 7th, 6:30pm
First week of Residency Week of June 25th 2017
Final Week of Residency: Week of December 10th 2017
Final Performance: December 15th – 17th @ 7:30pm


DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION -PDF (Summer2017Application) |

In order for us to consider your application complete, we will need the following:-

1. A completed Application Form.

2. One copy of your latest dance resume

3. URL(s) for work samples (maximum length 15 minutes) . Please make sure that each sample is an unabridged representation of your work, NOT a montage of excerpts or highlights of several works.

4. Any press coverage you may have received (up to 3 samples).

5. A written recommendation from a mentor/colleague to help strengthen your case.

Mailing address: Subashini Ganesan, N.E.W. Director, 810 SE Belmont, Ste 2, Portland, OR 97214

Physical drop-off of application:
You can choose to drop-off your applications with us at Studio 2. Please email us at subashinig@gmail.com to coordinate a time.

For Questions or Guidance:
Contact Subashini Ganesan; subashinig@gmail.com.


Program Founder and Director – Subashini Ganesan

Resource Council –
Mike Barber, Choreographer & Founder of Ten Tiny Dances
Erin Boberg Doughton, Performing Arts Program Director, PICA (Portland Institute for Contemporary Art)
Michelle Fujii, Co-Director, Unit Souzou
Katherine Longstreth, Fieldwork Facilitator and Choreographer
CaroleZoom, Artist & Arts Activist

Staff –
Susan Caisse, Programs Manager
Robin Greenwood, Studio Lighting Designer & Tech Director

Major Funders –

Ronni Lacroute
WYSE Real Estate Advisors
Regional Arts & Culture Council
Work For Art


CURRENT – Dora Gaskill, Michael Galen, Jessica Kelley, Stephanie Schaaf

October 2012 – March 2013
– Tracy Broyles
– Stephanie Lanckton
– Rachel Slater
– Robert Tyree

April 2013 – October 2013
– Keyon Gaskin
– Allie Hankins
– Kaj-Anne Pepper
– Danielle Ross

October 2013 – March 2014
– Yulia Arakelyan
– Luke Gutgsell
– Eric Nordstrom
– Lucy Lee Yim

March 2014 – October 2014
– Muffie Connelly
– Suniti Dernovsek
– Nancy Ellis
– Darvejon Jones

Oct. 2014 – Mar. 2015
– Oluyinka Akinjiola
– Jen Hackworth
– Dawn Stoppiello
– Takahiro Yamamoto

Oct. 2015 – Mar. 2016
– Catherine Egan
– Lane Hunter
– Linda K. Johnson
– Ruth Nelson

Jun. 2016 – Dec. 2016
– Dana Detweiller
– James Healey
– Jessica Hightower
– Renee Sills


From studio time to structured criticism from a group of our peers, the residency enabled us to produce fresh challenging work that we presented at other venues in Portland and Chicago. Finding affordable and accessible space is one of the biggest challenges to making new work. It is such a privilege to have 6 months of free rehearsal time. The feedback we received through the Fieldwork sessions was invaluable. The N.E.W Residency encourages and supports the creation of bold new dance work. Portland needs this. We all need this.

The process of creating my first dance within the structure and support of the residency was completely transformative. With the work I created during my residency, I applied to and was accepted into NW New Works (Seattle), Risk/Reward (PDX) and secured an Alembic Residency at Performance Works NW to develop new work.

I was immediately provided with the space, time and community I needed to successfully create new dance work in Portland. In this rapidly expanding city, programs like the NEW Residency assure me that Portland is building a home for the dance makers of the future.

Fieldwork helped illuminate where the work had holes, oppositionally, it showed me what was reading and coming across to the audience. But it was done in an elusive way, no one was saying “hey, this part really doesn’t work, you should change that..”, the feedback was very objective, so I had to listen closely and open-up to what was really being seen and experienced by the audience.  This elicited very honest choices.

My piece… comes from a very personal place. The residency provided me with an incredible amount of studio time. So rarely acknowledged for being as important as it is, rehearsal time is the most basic necessity for each choreographic process.