Five College Consortium

Five College Multicultural Theater Artist Residencies

(Application Deadlines: April 13, 2012 for Fall 2012 residencies; October 5, 2012 for Spring 2013 residencies)

The Five College Multicultural Theater Committee, supported by the Five College Theater chairs and Five Colleges, Inc., is charged with furthering multicultural perspectives in theater in our community. For nearly two decades, it has done so by supporting visits from guest artists, five college productions, and workshops that foreground the experiences of people of color. This year, our efforts will also include supporting in-depth residencies for artists of color to work and interact with students and faculty on specific performance projects. Proposals for artist residencies and other projects must reflect a multicultural perspective and represent a theatrical work in areas of text, movement, design, or interdisciplinary performance. We welcome proposals from faculty from all departments.

Applications and questions about the application procedure should be directed to the campus representatives on the committee (see below).

Applications for Artist Residencies (preferably in electronic form) must include the following:


  • The name and bio/resume of the artist and the project to be supported
  • The name and contact information of the primary Five College host for this residency
  • The names and contact information of at least two additional hosts (on at least two additional campuses) for this residency
  • The name(s) of the Committee member(s) supporting your application


A detailed description of the project. In preparing this portion of the application, please answer the following questions:

  1. What are the dates, goals, and activities planned for the residency? Previous residencies have included planned performances, guest lectures, workshops, area school visits, master classes, visits to colleagues’ classes, installations, pre- and/or post-show discussions, etc. Please include dates and locations as known at the time of the application.
  2. Will the residency tie in with other activities at any of the Five Colleges? If so, how? 
  3. How will members of the Five College community (students, faculty, community members) interact with the artist(s) during the residency?
  4. How does this residency support multicultural perspectives or foreground the experiences of people of color?
  5. How will the residency events will be communicated and/or publicized across the Five Colleges?


A project budget that includes the total amount requested with justification for the request including artist’s fee, estimates for travel costs, and other expenses related to the residency. If additional funding or support has been secured for this residency, it should be reflected in this budget.

Evaluation Criteria

Applications will be evaluated by the committee based on the degree to which the residency:

  • is planned, organized, detailed, and well-conceived;
  • serves multiple constituencies across the Five Colleges and our surrounding communities;
  • has support on at least THREE of the Five College campuses;
  • meets the Committee’s mission and commitment to multicultural perspectives.

Hosts are required to submit a report to the Committee no later than 30 days after the end of the residency. Post-residency evaluations will help the committee ensure the best use of our resources.

Parameters and Expectations

The award is up to $5000.

Residencies will receive funding based on the activities and plan listed in the application. Should activities be deleted from the original plan, funding may be adjusted accordingly.

Residencies are expected to offer opportunities for students, faculty and community members to engage with the artist(s) on at least three of the Five Colleges campus (ideally more) and, if not on all campuses, to draw audiences for classes, lectures, workshops, etc from ALL five campuses. The goal is an integrated residency that reaches as many of our constituents as possible.

If a project is funded, requests for payment should be sent to:
Sue Dickman
Five Colleges, Incorporated
97 Spring Street
Amherst, MA, 01002

An itemized financial report of actual income and expenses, with receipts, is required before reimbursement can be authorized.

The Five College Multicultural Theater Committee asks that all grant recipients acknowledge support from the Five College Multicultural Theater Committee in programs and publicity (e.g., Funded in part by the Five College Multicultural Theater Committee).


Amherst College: Ron Bashford, Assistant Professor of Theater and Dance, (413) 542-2411
Hampshire College: Djola Branner, Associate Professor of Theatre, (413) 559-5511
Mount Holyoke College: Brooke O'Harra, Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts, (413) 538-2337
Smith College: Len Berkman, Professor of Theater, (413) 585-3206
UMass Amherst: Megan Lewis, Assistant Professor of Theatre History and Criticism, (413) 545-6816