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The emphasis of Works-In-Progress is on the process of developing an original piece for performance, primarily in terms of its conceptual development and staging.  The series is designed to serve emerging artists who are exploring new directions in pieces that would benefit from an extensive reflective process and are best suited to an alternative venue for development.

Interdisciplinary, multimedia and collaborative works are encouraged, as are works not only by theater artists, but also by artists crossing over to the stage from their primary discipline.

A direct stipend of $450 is provided for each project selected, a portion of which is designated for production costs.  In addition to feedback throughout the development process, participants have access to Red Eye’s technical resources, including rehearsal space.  Red Eye also provides a lighting designer and production manager for the public performances, all promotion of the series, and an opening night reception.

Participants are expected to give their works production values (minimal as they may be), and move beyond a staged reading.

Participants are responsible for all elements of production, including casting, design, and direction.

The series is open to works of any length, from which A MINIMUM OF 10 AND A MAXIMUM OF 15 MINUTES will be excerpted for presentation.

Participation is required in at least five of the seven group feedback sessions.
Should a piece receive subsequent production, credit must be given to Red Eye for developmental support.

The series is not open to critical review.

Four to five projects are selected each year by a panel consisting of Red Eye company artists and past WIP  participants.  Applicants will be notified by phone or e-mail by December 21, 2012 about the panel’s decision.  Selected participants must be able to attend an informational meeting 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM on Monday, January 7, 2013.

Rehearsal space will be available from that date through performance.
Works-In-Progress 2012 will be presented for four public performances Thursday-Sunday, May 30 – June 2, 2013.

New this year: You may submit your application electronically to staff@redeyetheater.org. To do so, please save your proposal as a PDF file.  Work samples may either be delivered separately or sent as digital attachments. In the case of electronic files, please be sure to include your name in all file titles.

Hard copy submission: FIVE (5) copies of the following items:

  • A cover page listing the title of your project, your name, address, telephone number/s and e-mail address.
  • A two-page narrative, including 1) a description of the conceptual intent of the piece and your ideas for how those intentions might be developed for performance; 2) an articulation of the questions you are raising in your work; 3) the style of the piece; and the visual, aural, and/or staging approaches you hope to explore; 4) a paragraph about your expectations for what you hope to get out of the program.  NOTE:  THIS NARRATIVE IS THE 


  • A one-page resume or bio of the primary artist/s submitting this proposal.
  • A list of proposed production/artistic personnel with whom you will be working on the project (consider performers, directors, designers, etc.).  Note:  Red Eye provides a production coordinator and lighting designer for the series.
  • A production history of your proposed project, if any.
  • Supporting materials – include an informational page with work sample descriptions, including titles, length of excerpts, your role in each, AND a brief description of how the work sample relates to your proposed project.  Do not send originals.

> up to 5 pages of performance text, if applicable (5 copies),
    plus 1 copy of one or more of the following (if available):
> DVD work sample, cue to most appropriate 3-minute excerpt
> CD/DVD/MP3 audio sample, cue to most appropriate 3-minute excerpt
> Visuals, up to 3 pages or 5 slides


If necessary, the panel may ask selected applicants to come in for a brief interview before a final decision is made.

send or deliver to.....

RED EYE • 15 W 14th St • Minneapolis, MN  55403-2301
Applications can be placed in Red Eye’s mail slot 24/7, located on your right as you face the front doors.
Note:  the slot can only accommodate packages less than 2” thick.

Application materials must be received at Red Eye by 5 PM on MONDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2012. 

This is NOT a postmark date.
If you want your work sample/s returned you must include an SASE.

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