2019 Motion: New Dance Works - Resident Choreographer Application

To submit, please fill out the form below. Only submissions received by January 15, 2019 will be considered. 


coLAB Arts is looking to hire two trained and experienced choreographers for a two-month residency in New Brunswick, NJ, each with a local partner advocacy organization. These individuals should have a passion for community and civic engagement and telling local, relevant, and resonant stories.

 This is a contract-based residency with a stipend of $1,000.00 that will include one workshop for the partner organization and culminates with a two-performance concert on Friday, March 15 at 7:30pm and Saturday, March 16 at 2pm at Loree Dance Theater on the Douglass Campus at Rutgers-New Brunswick.


coLAB Arts, in partnership with Mason Gross School of the Arts – Dance Department, is producing Motion: New Dance Works, featuring new works of movement in response to the stories, mission, and visioning work of local and state-based nonprofit organizations. Motion will include the new works from the Resident Choreographers as well as two Masters in Fine Arts candidates from Mason Gross School of the Arts, who have additionally been partnered with other local nonprofits. This is the third year that coLAB Arts has produced its Motion: New Dance Works concert under its new mission to engage artists with social advocates, and communities to create transformative new work, and its second year with Mason Gross School of the Arts.


Resident choreographers are expected to create a strong 10-minute performance piece that represents their artistry and aesthetic, and effectively communicates the message of the partner organization. In addition to the performance, the artist will articulate, in writing, an artist statement and project narrative that describes the nature of the collaboration. There will also be two facilitated meetings at the beginning of the development period – one between artist and nonprofit contact person, and a second with the extended staff and constituency. Further interview, correspondence, and field work observation will be considered as needed between the choreographer and nonprofit partner, though continued engagement is encouraged. The strongest work that’s been produced has been the result of deep inquiry on behalf of the artist, and enthusiastic participation on behalf of the nonprofit partner. The resident choreographer will prepare one movement workshop to share with the nonprofit partner over the course of the residency engagement.


1.    Schools That Can Newark, www.schoolsthatcan.org/newark

Serving a network of over 30 district, charter, and independent schools, STC Newark has emerged as a leader in supporting real-world career pathways for students. STC Newark is a regional leader and pioneer at bringing real-world learning into schools through programs that include: Career Skills Pathways Program, Bridging the e2e Gap, Professional Learning Groups, and our Design Day Challenge and Celebration. In addition to these signature programs, STC Newark partners with several local organizations to support regional initiatives.

2.    Rutgers Center for Adult Autism Services, rcaas.rutgers.edu

RCAAS offers adults with ASD a one-of-a-kind support program that makes an independent and fulfilling life possible. Simultaneously, it advances research and ensures that each year, a cadre of graduates leaves Rutgers prepared to enter careers in support of this underserved population. Located on Rutgers’ Douglass Campus and led by the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, the center features a comprehensive program that is designed for adults with ASD ages 21 and beyond with diverse support needs through a wide range of services specifically tailored to account for individual preference and ability. The center is staffed by a highly experienced senior team and trained Rutgers students with programs that provide the support needed for all participants to fully integrate into Rutgers and the surrounding community. From vocational training to social support and clinical services, the center equips program participants with the tools they need to enhance and maintain autonomy—all while engaging students in innovative training and facilitating translational research to inform best practices going forward.


Center for Empowerment of Middlesex County / Elizabeth Malone (MGSA)

American Littoral Society / Ashton Waldron (MGSA)

Schools That Can Newark / TBC

Center for Adult Autism Research / TBC


Esperanza Neighborhood Project / Kiri Avelar (MGSA)

NJ Spark / Esther Baker-Tarpaga

MyGoal Autism / Camille Moten (MGSA)

Food and Water Watch of New Jersey / Jessica Featherson (MGSA)

Churches Improving Communities / Stephanie Beauchamp

Literacy Volunteers of America, Essex and Passaic Counties / Hillary-Marie


Elijah’s Promise / Hillary Pearson

Lower Raritan Watershed Partnership / Joe Monteleone

Pride Center of New Jersey / Robert Mark Burke

TrueSelves Transgender Support Group / Stephanie Nerbak

Only applications received by January 15, 2019 will be considered. Please fill out the form below.


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