Call for Proposals: 2019 / 2020 CSA Performance Series


APPLY HERE for the CSA theatrical design pool
Submissions are closed for 2019/2020 CSA Artist, please check back in October 2019 for 2020/2021 season application.

About the CSA

The New Hazlett Community Supported Art program is the first and only performance series of its kind. It introduces you to the freshest, most original artists in the Pittsburgh area. The New Hazlett provides artists with a year-long residency to create a new performance. Since the seeds were first planted in 2013, the CSA has brought over 200 new and emerging artists to the stage. From dance to music, original plays to experimental animation, our CSA pushes the boundaries of performance at every show.

Based on the Community Supported Agriculture model, our CSA series allows patrons to support local artists by purchasing a ‘share’ and in turn receive access to fresh, new works of art. Over the course of the next few months, we will select up to eight performing artists of any genre (including theater, dance, music, spoken word, performance art, etc.) through a competitive application process. Additionally, we will choose up to eight theatrical design applicants (of any discipline, including scenic, lighting, sound, projection, and costume design) to participate in a theatrical design pool for exclusive paid positions and collaboration with CSA Performing Artists.

Call for Proposals
The New Hazlett Theater invites emerging and mid-career performing artists and theatrical designers from the Western Pennsylvania region to submit proposals for inclusion in the upcoming CSA performance series. We are interested in proposals for performances of new work or work that is currently in development. Design Pool applications will focus on the merit of an existing body of work.


This project is designed for emerging and mid-career artists in pursuit of professional performance opportunities. Applicants must be actively engaged in the process of creating new work and be able to provide examples of original work performed within the last 2 years.

Artists working on the project must reside in the Western Pennsylvania counties of Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Washington, or Westmoreland and have intentions of remaining in the area.

Artists with commercial representation or label affiliation are not eligible to apply. • Applicants must be 18 years of age or older.

Applicants will not be ruled ineligible if they are enrolled in a post-secondary education program; however, participation in the program will require specific time commitments, which should be considered when applying.

Only proposals submitted through the online form will be reviewed.

Proposals for performance work should be in the range of 45-60 minutes. Proposals for 20-30 minute works will be accepted but may be paired with others to create a full evening-length performance. Please do not submit multiple short works on the same application.

In order to allow as many performers as possible access to the program, lead artists selected for the 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 Performance Series may not apply. Designers chosen for the 2017/2018 or 2018/2019 technical design pool may reapply for the 2019/2020 season.

Please contact with particular questions.

All applications must adhere to the work sample guidelines found on page 5.

Selected performance artist applicants will receive

APPLICATION MATERIALS (Artist applications are now closed for 2019/2020 CSA Season)

(Please note: the online submission form saves automatically, so we advise you to draft your responses ahead of time in a separate app using the files below.)

Application instructions and work sample guidelines (PDF, DOCX)

For more information about the application process please contact Kristin Helfrich at


To support the artistic vision we invite up to eight designers from each of the following categories to participate in a speed-interview session with each of the artists:

At the speed interview designers are encouraged to show selections from their portfolio and artists will discuss their individual projects to determine which designers will be offered a paid design position for the production.

Selected technical theater applicants will receive

  • Listing in the preferred designer network, from which CSA performance artists can hire for design services with funds allocated for exclusive use within the network
  • Promotion throughout the New Hazlett network
  • Opportunities to grow a relationship with emerging professional artists

APPLY HERE for the theatrical design pool