With the establishment of the Travis Bogard Artist in Residence Program (AIR) in 2015, the Eugene O’Neill Foundation Board of Directors, through its Advisory Board, realized a long-held goal.
Tao House fellowships are given to persons focused on the performing arts for whom a space of time to work without distraction would be beneficial. Fellows benefit from working in the solitude and quiet of Tao House, the same creative atmosphere in which Eugene O’Neill produced his masterpieces. It is emphasized that there is no requirement that work be related to O’Neill.
The Artist in Residence Program at Tao House provides a working retreat for developing or established playwrights, scholars, or critics of the performing arts.
In 2017, the Foundation established the Carey Perloff Fellowship under the Travis Bogard Artist in Residence Program to honor 2017 Tao House Award honoree Carey Perloff. The fellowship will be awarded each year, if appropriate, to an established theatre artist who desires to transition into a writer. For example, a director or an actor may be changing disciplines to focus on writing. Those seeking a Carey Perloff Fellowship should so stipulate on the Program Application and in their project description.
A valuable resource for Tao House Fellows is the availability of the Tao House library and its holdings in the American theatre. At its core are documents and photographs pertaining to the life and works of Eugene O’Neil as well as manuscripts and manuscript copies of original O’Neill materials. Included are unique collections donated to the Foundation by Sophus Winther, Horst Frenz, Travis Bogard, and others.
Fellows live off-site in comfortable, contemplative surroundings but spend their days at the nearby Eugene O’Neill National Historic Site. Housing, including meals andlocal transportation, isprovided by the Foundation. Couples can be admitted, but only fellows will be financed. Children are not permitted.
Residencies are available between April 1 and October 31. Each applicant can specify preferred residency dates—from one week to one month—but the length of stay awarded will be determined by the Artist in Residence Committee, based on various factors.
Fellows will be encouraged to participate in a mutually agreed upon Foundation event, as appropriate. The Foundation and National Park Service will expect a copy or representation of the final project resulting from the fellowship and appropriate acknowledgment in any published work.
Travis Bogard Day-Use Program
The Travis Bogard Day-Use Program offers Bay Area artists access to the Eugene O’Neill National Historic Site five days a week from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Fellows may work in scholarly or creative writing, playwriting, or the visual arts, including stage design. Artists may work alone or as a team, perhaps workshopping a play. Fellowships will be scheduled in weekly increments, which need not be contiguous. Applicants, who must be at least 21 years old, will submit an e-mailed application including specifics of the project, curriculum vitae, references, and an explanation of why dedicated time at Tao House is important to the project. Applicants may also apply to use the library and archive of theatre materials. Use of an office, including wi-fi and a wi-fi accessible printer, will be available to fellows during the day Wednesday through Sunday. Fellows are required to take a tour of Tao House before the time scheduled for the fellowship. Additional information, including guidelines and application, can be found here:
Artist in Residence Guidelines and Application Form: here
Announcing our 2019 Fellows: here
A retrospective on our 2018 Fellows: here
Looking back at our 2017 Fellows: here
To read about the experience of an AIR fellow: here