By Jeb Bing
Eugene O’Neill Foundation offers new program for Bay Area artistsUploaded: Oct 28, 2019
Florence McAuley, chair of the Eugene O’Neill Foundation’s Artist in Residence Committee, is offering local artists an opportunity to work at the Tao House in Danville.
Tao House was O’Neill’s one-time home, now the Eugene O’Neill National Historic Site. Each autumn, Danville hosts the Eugene O’Neill Festival to celebrate the works of America’s premier playwright and Nobel prize winner, as shown above in this photo by the Eugene O’Neill Foundation.
“Bay Area artists seeking a quiet, contemplative location where they can work uninterrupted need look no further,” McAuley said.
Artists can apply for a fellowship in this new program through the Travis Bogard Day-Use program that will allow them the use of an office, with Wi-Fi and a printer, as well as access to the Old Barn theatrical space and the grounds of the site, which is managed by the National Park Service. Fellows may request access to the library and archive of theatr materials.
The program is available to playwrights, scholars, critics, set designers, creative writers, theater directors and visual artists who work in water media. Team projects are encouraged, including those working on refining an existing project or a work in progress.
“The new Day-Use Program is intended to give Bay Area artists a chance to work in solitude or small groups, without interruption,” McAuley said. “The Eugene O’Neill Foundation is proud to offer the program beginning in 2020.”
Applications will be accepted twice a year for sessions starting April 1 and October 1. The fellowships will be scheduled in weekly increments from Wednesday through Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
McAuley explained that to provide flexibility for fellows in the program, they need not work on their projects in consecutive weeks. A playwright, for example, could attend for a week and return several weeks later, if so desired.
Applications for the first session are due Jan. 31, 2020, and for the second session, June 30. Applicants, who must be at least 21 years of age, must apply only by email.
For program details and application forms, please visit http://www.eugeneoneill.org/artist-in- residence-program/
The mission of the Eugene O'Neill Foundation is to celebrate and promote the vision and legacy of Eugene O'Neill, America's foremost playwright.
It was established in 1974 for the purposes of acquiring Tao House, O’Neill’s former residence in Danville, and establishing it as a historic monument. Since then the foundation has devoted itself to developing the site into a center that promotes the vision and legacy of O’Neill through numerous educational, artistic, and research programs.
To achieve its mission, the foundation collaborates with the National Park Service in restoring and preserving Tao House, providing it for future generations as a memorial that also provides artistic and educational programs which focus on Eugene O’Neill’s contribution to theater in America and the world, including this new program to offer local artists an opportunity to work at the Tao House.
It also hosts “Student Days” at the O’Neill historic site, giving students chance to study under the guidance of professionals in the arts. The free program, open to teenagers currently in high school, offers workshops in acting, playwriting and photography.