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Camargo Foundation Cultural Diaspora Residency Program 2022 (Fully funded)

Fully Funded
Country: France
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Camargo Foundation calls applications from Black Playwrights to Cultural Diaspora Residency Program 2022. 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.

2022 Edition

The second edition of the Cultural Diaspora residency will take place in May-June 2022. Building on the experience gained with the first iteration of the program, the duration of the residency has been extended from four to five weeks, and the international open call has expanded to include Black text-based theater 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 theater artists outside of those boundaries whose work reflects an interest in the African Diaspora and Afro-Atlantic culture.


Eligible applicants are established or mid-career artists who assume primary responsibility for creating the texts of theatrical productions and/or performances. This program recognizes that practice is increasingly interdisciplinary (including performances that embrace a combination of live theater/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 program 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. Text creators, of course, may play additional roles, such as directing, designing, and/or performing without compromising their eligibility. Actors, choreographers, designers, directors, etc. who have not been a primary creators of texts, however, are not eligible to apply.

Purpose of Residency

The Camargo Foundation offers Fells an isolated retreat for the soul, nurtured by the natural beauty of its grounds and surrounding environment to escape and create. Selected participants will be invited to Camargo to explore, experiment, write, and exchange. There will be weekly work-sharing sessions of works-in-progress, two scheduled topical discussions on the craft of the business or politics of writing facilitated by Brown and Mike, the possibility of staged readings of works-in-progress in partnership with acting students of Marseille, and networking opportunities with European theater professionals. And most importantly a clean, well-lighted place to work.


Camargo Foundation Cultural Diaspora Residency Progam is open to all Black text-based theater artists from the African Diaspora, including but no limited to Africa, the Americas, the Caribbean, and Europe. Eligible applicants must have the following qualifications

  • Interest in the African Diaspora and Afro-Atlantic culture as an influence on and factor in thier craft, work, and thinking.
  • Previous at least three texts/performances fully produced at reputable venues for public audiences.
  • Students enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs at the time of application are not eligible to apply.
  • Works developed during the residency may be in any language. In the interests of Camargo’s interdisciplinary, multicultural community, eligible applicants are able to communicate well in English. ‘
  • Basic knowledge of French is useful but not a requirement.
  • Playwrights who participated in 2018 the program are not eligible to apply.


The program will take place from May 10 to June 14, 2022. Camargo Foundation Cultural Diaspora Residency Program will

  • Each of the eight participants will receive a plane fare, local transport to and from the home airport and Camargo, and both a per diem allowance of US$1,250 and a grant of US$1,000 (making a total of US$2,250 per artist) 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 theater. Residents are expected to prepare their own meals.
  • 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 organized activities outside the Camargo Foundation campus, during the week.

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Type of Opportunity Exchange Programs
Deadline22 August,2021
Open toApplicants from African Diaspora, including but not limited to Africa, the Americas, the Caribbean, and Europe
OrganizerCamargo Foundation



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