The Flying E Ranch Residency Program

The Project

The Flying E Ranch, located in historic Wickenburg, Arizona, is available for artist residency programs designed to foster creative, collaborative and performance projects of established performing artists.  Each residency is designed to allow established artistic companies the opportunity to pursue new projects, mount work or collaborate with other artists, free from everyday pressures.

These residencies are intended for individual artists or companies wishing to create a new piece of work or add a piece to their repertoire, in preparation for a tour or, at a minimum, multiple performances.   The disciplines eligible for residency during the 2012-2013 season include: music, dance, theatre and film.

The Flying E Ranch

While the “E” is a working cattle ranch year round, the dude ranch is open to guests October through April each year.  Situated on 20,000-acres of the high Sonoran desert, the Flying E is the perfect retreat to research, create and develop new work without the distractions of everyday life.

Residency Details

Three residency projects are selected each year.  The residencies are flexible in length up to 3 weeks and are available in October – December 2012 and January 2013.


Companies, including artists, managers and associated production staff up to 34 members, are provided guest rooms, maid service, three meals a day in a social setting, rehearsal space and ranch amenities.  The Flying E Ranch’s staff and service team are available during the entire residency period.

Individual artists and companies are responsible for transportation to and from Wickenburg and local ground transportation.  Also, if the work being prepared is a commissioned piece, the company is responsible for any associated fees. Limited funding is available to non-profit companies and organizations; for-profit arts organizations are also welcome.

 Community Outreach

Outreach is an integral part of the residency program as participants are required to offer free, open rehearsals to expose the general public to their art form and the creative process.  Open rehearsals may include watching choreographers create a new dance, attending music rehearsals or watching actors and directors build a dramatic scene.  Participatory interactions with the artists and directors may include question and answer sessions or witnessing the technical staging of a new piece with blocking, music, sound and light cues under consideration.

In culmination of their Residency, many artistic companies world-premieres their new piece on the Webb Center’s stage as a part of the annual “Webb Center Presents” series, exposing Arizona audiences to the company and to Wickenburg, and then continue to tour the work on a national and international level.


The Flying E Ranch was purchased by George and Viola Wellik in 1952.  After George passed, Viola Wellik operated the Ranch until her death in 2004.  Viola Wellik left a legacy, The Wellik Foundation, to support non-profit organizations in the Wickenburg area and maintain the Flying E Dude Ranch.  The Wellik Foundation provides grant support to the artists or companies selected to participate in one of these residency programs.  This grant provides lodging and meals at the Flying E Ranch.  In addition, Wellik Foundation provides grant funding to the Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts to curate the residency program.  The Wellik Foundation is a support organization of the Arizona Community Foundation.

To apply for a Flying E Ranch Residency Program please contact:
Cathy Weiss, Executive Director
Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts
2001 W. Wickenburg Way, Suite 3
Wickenburg, AZ   85390


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