Artist in Residence Program


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 AIR 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’Neill, 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 and local transportation, is provided by the Foundation. Couples can be admitted, but only fellows will be financed. Children and pets 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 AIR 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.

The Travis Bogard Artist in Residence Program is the creation of the Eugene O’Neill Foundation, which funds the program. It is operated in cooperation with the National Park Service.

The Eugene O’Neill Foundation welcomes donations from individuals and foundations to help fund this unique program. Such interest can be directed to the Travis Bogard Artist in Residence Program at Tao House Committee, P.O. Box 402, Danville, CA 94526.


For AIR Guidelines and Application Form, click here.

To read about the experience of a recent AIR fellow click here.

An article on our upcoming Fellows in 2018 can be read here

Read an article about the three Fellows in 2017 here.