The Cultural Diaspora residency was conceived by acclaimed African-American playwright Carlyle Brown and the Camargo Foundation to support accomplished Black playwrights with diverse cultural backgrounds, and to spark a dialogue about the disparate ways in which the African Diaspora experience has shaped their perspectives and creative output.
The second edition of the Cultural Diaspora residency will take place over five weeks from 10 May – 14 June 2022 at Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France. The open call is addressed to Black text-based theatre artists from throughout the African Diaspora, including countries bordering the Atlantic basin, Africa, the Americas, the Caribbean, and Europe as well as Black text-based theatre artists outside of those boundaries whose work reflects an interest in the African Diaspora and Afro-Atlantic culture.
- The programme welcomes applications from Black text-based theater artists from the African Diaspora, including but not limited to: Africa, the Americas, the Caribbean, and Europe.
- Eligible applicants have an interest in the African Diaspora and Afro-Atlantic culture as an influence on and factor in their craft, work, and thinking.
- Eligible applicants are established or mid-career artists who assume primary responsibility for creating the texts of theatrical productions and/or performance. This programme recognises that practice is increasingly interdisciplinary (including performances that embrace a combination of live theatre/dance/film, for example), can include both spoken and musical work, and can assume different scales and forms (from solo performances to storytelling to large-scale theatrical spectacle). This programme is designed for artists who play a primary or exclusive role in creating the text component of live theatrical or performance work where spoken language is a critical and primary component, whatever the scale and form.
- Eligible applicants have had at least three different texts/performances fully produced at reputable venues for public audiences.
- Students enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programmes at the time of application are not eligible to apply.
- Work developed during the residency may be in any language.
- Each of the eight participants will receive plane fare, local transport to and from the home airport and Camargo, and a per diem allowance of 1250 USD and a grant of 1000 USD to participate.
- Each artist will be provided a furnished apartment. The apartments are intended as the workspace for writing and electronic media. Additional workspace at Camargo may also be available, such as the library or the open-air theatre.
- Spouses/adult partners and dependent minor children may accompany fellows for short stays or for the duration of the residency. Accompanying children must be at least six years old upon arrival and enrolled in and attending school or organised activities outside the Camargo Foundation campus, during the week.