Young Artist Internship

Bearnstow’s Young Artist Internship Program, which runs mid-June to late August, is an intensive summer program of dance, creative process, performance and teamwork for a select group of hardworking individuals who show genuine promise and commitment to dance and other performing arts.

2022 Artist Residents:

Annie Kidwell is a recent graduate from Wesleyan University where she earned degrees in Dance and Art History. She is a dancemaker who delights in improvisation and discovery, whether that be in the studio or out in the woods! Her dance practices are primarily partner-based, ranging from contra to capoeira to contact improvisation. 

Janis Casillas Estrada
“I’m a a Mexican woman. I’m constantly on the move. Traveling and dancing are the things I love the most, to know different places and people.”

A woman creeps along a wall looking towards the camera in an oversized shirt

Maggie a movement artist, a visual artist, a philosopher of sorts, mental health advocate, a sibling, child and friend. Their movement and performance experience started at home, with their sisters as their loyal fans. Maggie comes from a lineage of badass women. Home is a small upstate New York town on the indigenus land of the Wenrohronon people. Maggie’s movement originates from the community around them. Mentors and colleagues from these communities: Rochester Institute of Technology, Columbia College Chicago, SUNY College at Brockport, University of Maryland, have shaped their physical and intellectual practice.

Mira Berkson likes exploring ways of being an animal as well as methods of caring for said animal, which are maybe the same thing. Mira makes food and videos and friends and comics and jokes and movement out of the everyday and the surreal, which are also maybe the same thing. 

Chosen artists receive the following:

  • Full access to all workshops, instruction and mentoring by a faculty of professional artists and Bearnstow staff
  • Interns gain experience working with dance, theater, music, and beyond through interdisciplinary collaboration with other artists and instruction by our workshop faculty.
  • natural history lectures, hands-on instruction and trail walks
  • Opportunity to perform in weekly informal showings throughout the summer
  • Opportunity to lead creative session(s) for our youth Day Camp
  • Opportunity to meet, study with, and create original work with other artists and students attending each workshop;
  • Full use of our facilities and 65 acres of natural lands to explore and create your own work
  • A performance produced by Bearnstow at the end of the season to showcase your creative work
  • Documentation of work shown during the season. 
  • Personalized attention due to small class sizes, and invaluable insight into the aesthetic and process of each instructor;
  • Chance to be part of a close-knit cohort of artists who collaborate on a program of their own choreographic work in a shared concert at summer’s end;
  • Shared room and board throughout the season, and a weekly stipend ($100).

In exchange, the Interns work as a team of capable assistants who can “put their hand to anything.” Interns work in collaboration with Bearnstow’s staff, chef, and facilities caretakers to assist in Bearnstow’s kitchen, with cabin upkeep, and facilities maintenance. Throughout the season it is not unusual for Residents to go from devising recipes and serving incredible meals, to improvising on the shore of the pond, composing sound scores, creating original dance videos, and planning performance projects together outside of camp. Living, working, and making art together are central to the Bearnstow experience.

Summer Dates 2022

June 18, 2022 -August 28, 2022

Eligibility

Bearnstow’s Young Artist intern program is open to all artists 18+ currently engaged in the study of and/or practice of dance and performing arts.

We encourage all to apply. Bearnstow does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, height, weight, physical or mental ability, veteran status, military obligations, or marital status.

All accepted artists must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 before the start of the season and will be required to show proof of vaccination.

To Apply

  1. Fill out the form through the “Apply Now Button”
  2. Send a letter of interest and resume/cv to molly(at)bearnstow(dot)org

Please contact molly(at)bearnstow(dot)org with questions about the internship or application!

Past Residents:

2019:

[Back row] Heriberto “Chino” Mendoza; Ellen Oliver; Molly Hess; Lucas Rollins-Page. [Front row] Laura Miola; Jonathan Trejo

2018:

[Clockwise from left] Ocoee Chapelle; Sophia Diehl; Daniel Ramírez; Symara Johnson; Bárbara Valencia

2017:

[Back row] Owen Prum; Chaesong Kim; Marc Ferraro. [Front row] Mario Hernández; Angela Cole; Ellen Oliver

2016:

[Back row] Ben Swenson-Klatt; Jonathan Trejo. [Front row] Ellen Oliver; Chaesong Kim; Eliza Malecki

2015:

[Back row] Allison Bradley; Harper Foote; Michal Freriks. [Front row] Megan Mizanty; Anabel Sagrero; Jmaw Moses

2014:

[From left] Emmanuel Becerra; Evelyn Langley; Tyler Rai; Ben Grinberg; Eri Matsui; Anabel Sagrero

2013:

[From left] Adam Kerbel; Cristina Woehlert; Nicole Garlando; Karina Culloton; Heriberto Mendoza

2012:

Emmanuel Becerra; Dasha Chernova;Tyler Rai; Ashley Tanberg; Nitzia Vieyra

2011

Nitzia Vieyra, Timo Wagner, Molly Hess, Lizzie Joy Loveland