Call for Proposals: 2020 / 2021 CSA Performance Series

To start the application process please fill out the Eligibility Survey

Friday, October 11

Wednesday, December 18

Wednesday, January 15

Welcome Artists!

Thank you for your interest in applying to the CSA 2020/20201 Season. The New Hazlett Theater invites emerging and mid-career performing artists from the Western Pennsylvania region to submit project proposals in theater, dance, music, spoken word, or multi-disciplinary performance for inclusion in the upcoming CSA performance series. We are interested in proposals for new work or work that is currently in development.

Once you begin your application you can save and return to the application for up to 30 days.

Selected performance artist applicants will receive

  • 5 days in the theater for rehearsals and performances
  • 40 hours of rehearsal time in the rehearsal room
  • 2 technicians for 40 hours of tech week
  • complete show marketing
  • film and video project documentation
  • independent reviews
  • A $3,500 artist stipend
  • A $1500 design stipend
  • A $750 material and supplies budget

To complete the application you will need to:

Project Budget:
As part of the residency, New Hazlett Theater will provide:

Upload a project budget showing how you would use $6000.00 to fund your project. Allocate a dollar amount to each aspect of your project. Your total budget should not exceed $6000.00.

Below is an example template for a project budget:

Eligibility – Survey

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.

Work Samples:

You are required to submit one, but may submit as many as four work samples.

The following item are each considered one work sample:

  • A PDF portfolio not to exceed 20 pages with images or links to video
  • An audio file not to exceed 10 minutes
  • A video file not to exceed 5 minutes
  • A PDF of a full script or libretto that you have completed in the last five years

Additional Materials:

You may choose to upload two items that further support your application. It is not required. Examples include:

  • A resume or CV
  • Letters of Support
  • Published Reviews

For Additional Questions please email: Kristin Helfrich, Director of Programming at 

Once you begin your application you can save and return to the application for up to 30 days.