A historic guest ranch, located in 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 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 2016-2017 season include: music, dance, theatre and film.
The Guest Ranch
The dude ranch is open to guests October through May each year. Situated on 20,000-acres of the high Sonoran desert, the ranch is the perfect retreat to research, create and develop new work without the distractions of everyday life.
Companies, including artists, managers and associated production staff up to 30 members, are provided guest rooms, maid service, three meals a day in a social setting, rehearsal space and ranch amenities. The ranch’s staff and service team are available during the entire residency.
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.
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-premiere 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 RH Johnson Foundation, WESTAF and National Endowment for the Arts provide grant support to the Webb Center to host the artists or companies selected to participate in the residency programs. The grants provide for artist stipends, lodging and meals at the guest ranch.
For information about the Made in Wickenburg 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