Apply for a Harbor Residency


Residencies are available for individuals and groups of artists creating works of theatre, performance, dance, film and opera, including but not limited to playwrights, theatre companies, collaborative ensembles and performance artists.


Resident artists will receive free rehearsal space, space to create and accommodations through the The Harbor Residency and, in exchange, will have opportunities to engage with our year-round community and ongoing educational programs.


Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis, with residencies offered January through May for periods of time to be determined by the needs of the projects.


Residencies may overlap depending on the scope and requirements of participating artists.


Initial Proposal

For the initial proposal, all candidates must submit the following to


  • A one-page letter of intent, addressing the following questions:

    • Provide a brief description of the artist or artistic group applying for the residency. Information about previous work, history of the company or individuals involved and aims of the project are required.

    • Indicate your proposed timeline for the residency, including both the length of stay and the ideal time of year.

    • If applicable, please provide a brief history of any work you have done on the piece you are proposing, as well as any information about future plans for the project.

  • An artistic CV or resume, as appropriate.


Depending on the number of applications we receive, we may have overlapping residencies –

please note in your application if you would benefit from having other artists in residence with you.

Proposals are accepted on a rolling schedule. We hope to respond to your proposal within three weeks of receiving it.



If we feel there is a good match between your initial application and the mission and values of Opera House Arts, we will reach out to set up a conversation about your proposed training and residency program. Conversations can be held either at the Opera House, or via Skype.


Residency outline and timeline

Following the meeting, artists will be asked to submit a complete residency proposal with a detailed schedule (including potential outlines for both education and community residency components) and support materials.


  • Prior to residency, participate in Skype meeting with OHA staff and community members to discuss goals and parameters for residency period.

  • Participate in First Night Community Potluck.

  • Lead one educational encounter with students from Deer Isle high or middle school. Educational opportunities can be tailored to each company’s specialties and needs.

  • Participate in public conversation or work showing at the end of the residency. This public component can be a showing of the work developed while in residence, a public conversation, or another event to be determined in advance in collaboration with Opera House Arts staff.

  • Grant access to other resident artists, members of the OHA intern program and Opera House Arts staff to rehearsals and work sessions (with advance notice and on a schedule provided by the artist).

  • Representatives of Opera House Arts are permitted to photograph and video-tape work sessions and public presentations for promotional purposes. Any such recordings taken will be shared with artists.

  • Provide brief written report describing how this residency served to advance work. This report will be used for OHA’s evaluative process and to help further the development of the residency program. Excerpts may also be used in grant applications.

  • Agreement to provide credit to Opera House Arts for work created or developed as a result of your residency here. This credit will take the form of appearance of OHA logo and credit acknowledgement on all program and marketing materials, both print and online.

    • “[Title of Project] was developed in part with assistance from Opera House Arts (" (with logo)

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