Off Stage: Calling All Choreographers

We can’t speak highly enough of the Kelly Strayhorn Theater and its support of new choreographers. Apparently there is still room to apply for the Next Stage Residency, but do it quickly. By November 30. If you’re so inclined, read the following:

The Next Stage Residency, created by the Kelly Strayhorn Theater five years ago, is designed to support talented choreographers by giving them the opportunity to explore and develop new material and get feedback during a one-week creative residency that culminates with a showing at the end of that week.

Choreographers are invited to submit an application to participate in the 2013 Next Stage Residency program.

Choreographers are required to participate in all residency activities which will be held between January 21 and 26, 2013 at The Alloy Studios in Pittsburgh, PA. Application Deadline: November 30, 2012 at 5 pm ET. The announcement about the choreographer selected to participate in Next Stage Residency will be made the week of December 17, 2012. For application and more details visit:

CREATIVE RESIDENCY (January 21, 2013 – January 26, 2013)

The Next Stage Residency includes five days of creative rehearsal time, the opportunity to get feedback and a work-in-progress showing on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at The Alloy Studios. The selected choreographer will receive: $1,000 stipend, rehearsal space, housing for visiting artists, and some meals.


Janera Solomon, Executive Director of the Kelly Strayhorn Theater said, “We value innovation and are committed to supporting new ideas and approaches to movement.” Participants will be selected based on a demonstration of the above qualities and must possess a keen desire to develop their ideas through exchange with their peers and audiences.” Choreographer(s) will be selected by a panel of artists and KST Programming Staff.

Through the Next Stage Residency project, six works have been premiered. Participating choreographers have included: Lauri Stallings, Jamie Murphy and Renee Smith; Kyle Abraham, who developed the Bessie Award-winning “The Radio Show” and Sidra Bell who developed “REVUE.” The KST moves series, is curated in a manner that facilitates conversation between the artist and audiences.

As a presenter, the Kelly Strayhorn Theater is committed to supporting the creation of risk- taking new works by producing the cutting edge KSTmoves series that features some of the most innovative choreographers and performers from across the US and around the globe. Choreographers/performers Luke Murphy, who is based between Ireland & New York, and Philadelphia-based and South African native Nora Chipaumire will premiere works at the Kelly Strayhorn during the 2012-13 season.

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