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Past Art Klub Residencies

The Art Klub offers residencies to artists of all disciplines. We request a minimum of 3 weeks, with a maximum of up to 3 months at a time. We are accepting proposals detailing the artist's background and goals for time spent at the Art Klub, and we encourage community outreach while in residency. Time frames and residency fees are negotiable based on needs of artist in terms of space and support. Communication is key!

If you're interested in a residency, please complete and submit the residency proposal here!

Fall 2018: Ryan Leitner

Artist-in-Residence: Ryan Leitner

Artist Statement:: Following my father’s Naval career as a child, I’ve always had a fascination with water and its ability to connect disparate places. Employing it as a medium, I work with the ancient print making practice of water marbling where I paint on water and then pick it up with a canvas. Cutting away, sewing back together, and layering the paintings, I contextualize them into a space that they will then be inhabiting for exhibition. Much like the quilted patch pieces in my work, my history is one that is built on fragments of different times and places.

Residency:  During a residency at the Art Klub, I would like to concentrate on the two dimensional paintings of figures and patterns that have been a new direction in my work. At the end of my time at Art Klub, I plan to have created a new series of quilt like figure paintings in varying sizes. These paintings are a new direction that come from my installation work I have created in my latest exhibitions. 

For my last solo show title "Resolution", I began sewing together paintings in a quilt like manner, building a bed that was used as an interactive piece for the audience to sleep and talk on during the opening of the exhibition. During the course of the event I began to notice body parts sticking out of the quilted bed, and people laying on top of different patterns, inspiring a new series on their own. The imagery I was seeing was not just made to be used in an installation, but also incorporated it in the paintings as well.

Bringing in my photographic background to this new direction, I have started to incorporate a more collage like feel to my paintings. Using cut out photographic fragments from photo shoots I’ve done, I began to build collages that did what my installations were doing in action. I would like to carry on this practice of creating new quilted together bodies on a two dimensional canvas while at Art Klub.

Ryan's Website
Ryan on Instagram

September 2018: Daniela Marcozzi

Artist-in-Residence September 2018: Daniela Marcozzi

 Photo credit Pierluigi Muscolino.

Photo credit Pierluigi Muscolino.

Daniela Marcozzi is a freelance artist working in the domain of the contemporary theatre as actress, dancer, performer, theater director, educator and theatre researcher. She studies and works in the domain of live performance since 2002. While at the Art Klub, Daniela will hold a 2-day workshop entitled: The Urge of Being on September 19 & 20 from 9am-Noon and stage a performance of Lacuna on September 21. The Urge of Being is for theater-makers, performers, dancers, actors, based on Grotowski's research about the plastique sequence and the body/voice training associated with some biological theories of emotions, feelings and embodiments. This workshop is based on the Artistic Research that Daniela is carrying out at the Accademia Teatro Dimitri, Lugano, Switzerland (Master of Arts in Artistic Research). Her research aims at exploring the biology of emotions and defining an innovative training program triggered by the latest biological and neurobiological theories of emotions.

Since 2014 Daniela is based in Berlin, where she founded the company/project Marcozzi Contemporary Theater and started many collaborations with dancers, directors, musicians and found a fertile ground for her research and works. In the big container of the contemporary theatre, the Grotowski's training and view of the performer is the closest to her desires and inner inputs.

In her studying and endless research she is interested on the creation and expression of her personal poetic language, which is the result of her entire life, as dancer, performer, actress, educator, traveler and scientist. Her artistic path is characterized, indeed, from different disciplines, such as body-voice training based on Grotowski research, contemporary dance, theater, mime corporel, clown, physical theater, voice techniques, physical and vocal improvisation, dramaturgy.

As a spiritual and physical revolutionary act, live performances represent for her a powerful and real tool of empathy to explore the human nature and communication.

You can connect with Daniela on her website.


Artist-in-Residence Event Programming

Summer 2018-2019: Matthew Spiegel

Artist-in-Residence: Matthew Spiegel

Artist Bio: Matthew has been interested in composing music since the age of 10. He always liked minor key signatures. He likes anything that challenges what a person can perceive as musical and he likes anything that contributes to the dimensions that music can be experienced.

While at the Art Klub, Matthew will be spending time in the Laboratory. Mixing new concoctions. Using Electrical Audio. Experimenting with new approaches and applications for music and sounds, even ones that are just new to him personally, and utilizing familiar approaches too.

If you are a Visual Artist who is interested in collaborating with Matthew Spiegel, please email him here.

May 2018: Rubble Bodies

 Photo Credit: Patrick Weishampel

Photo Credit: Patrick Weishampel

I have a lifelong interest in the way dance instigates questions about sensation, ways of seeing and feeling, and contemplation. I make work to open up possibilities and to invite ongoing states of unknowing for both performers and audiences. My work reflects ideals from intersectional feminist action and I insist dancers and spectators think about gender, sexuality and prescribed cultural coding.
— Tahni Holt

Artists-in-Residence May 2018: Tahni Holt, Luke Wyland and Willis Willis

Rubble Bodies is a collapse before a beginning to stage a liminal place in between something that has ended and something about to start. In this space, the labored body, the breath, voice, and weight of a body come into sharp focus. Rubble Bodies resides in a world that knows it is being watched and performs unabashed performance. 

Bits of ourselves 

we rock 

into a kaleidoscope of expression.

Tahni Holt

Tahni Holt is a choreographer based in Portland OR, who has been creating performances, programing and teaching for the past nineteen years. Holt is deeply invested in creating opportunities for other dance artists as well as creating space for experimental explorations and conversations. Community making is at the core of what she does, be it by way of performance, teaching or the rallying of peers toward a common cause.

Holt’s choreography has been presented throughout the United States at venues including On The Boards (Seattle), Fusebox Festival (Austin), and The Lucky Penny (Atlanta), and PICA’s TBA Festival (Portland). Holt is a 2007 Oregon Arts Commission Fellowship recipient, and in 2010 was curated into the PORTLAND 2010 Biennial. She has had the pleasure of being an artist-in-residence in many places around the world. Residencies include work in Anchorage, Boise, Atlanta, Walla Walla, France, and Greece; in 2013 the Suitcase Fund of New York Live Arts supported her residency with Bucharest choreographer Madalina Dan in Romania. Holt is a 2014-2015 NDP Touring Award recipient for Duet Love, which toured to Velocity Dance (Seattle), Pica’s TBA Festival and DiverseWorks (Houston). Last winter, 2017, WhiteBird Dance premiered Holt’s latest work, Sensation/Disorientation. Currently it is headed to Bulgaria through American Dance Abroad (ADA) and One Foundation for Culture and the Arts for their joint endeavor: Spotlight, USA platform in the spring of 2018.

Holt has taught throughout the United States through numerous private institutions as well as guest artist teaching at Lewis and Clark College, Reed College, The University of Oregon and The University of Alaska. Holt is founder and director of Portland’s newest dance center, FLOCK. FLOCK is a dance center for movement exploration, creation and artistic practice, dedicated to Portland’s contemporary and experimental dance artists. 

Tahni Holt's Website

FLOCK Dance Center Portland


2017-2018 Dance Theater in Residence - Artivism Dance Theatre


Artivism Dance Theatre

Artivism Dance Theatre aims to create dance theatre works with a social message. The company’s goal is to generate a discussion amongst its audiences and use dance theatre to express the necessity for open dialogue around important social issues. It is also a mentoring program/youth activism organization in which young performers with a desire to make an impact through their artistry can come together with professionals and collaborate. In this way, we strive to both produce work that speaks to the current social and political issues in our society and to create an environment where the next generation of artists can learn how to combine their passion for social justice with their love of dance theatre.

Artivism Dance Theatre's Website

Artivism Dance Theatre's Programming Events

Mar/Apr 2018: Maya Pen

Artist-in-Residence: Maya Pen

Artist Bio: Maya Pen is a multidisciplinary performance artist from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Maya's work is based in collaboration in order to pull together various works from a large community of artists and curate devised theater events in nontraditional performance spaces. She has worked with a number of community organizations in Philadelphia such as Philadelphia Young Playwrights, YesAnd! Collaborative Arts, and Puentes de Salud to help empower the rising generation of young artists achieve their goals and serve as agents of change in the world. She works currently as the co-producer of a new podcast in Philadelphia.

I am a storyteller; I live comfortably in written word; I love to work with my hands; I am music; I am curious about light and color and technology; I need and love to move—my work reflects an ongoing attempt to find the intersection at which each mode of storytelling can live. I am invested in the creation of multidisciplinary experiences, in filling spaces with the power of story from a multitude of artists, and allowing audience members to float through and interact with the world that has been created. My hopes are always to bring people into nontraditional performances spaces and give them something immersive and unusual, something which exists fleetingly and cannot be documented the same way twice. I strive to transform spaces, and create opportunities for audience members to engage in the storytelling experience.

March 2018: Marije Nie

Artist-in-Residence: Marije Nie

Tap dancer | Choreographer | Connector

Everything that lives needs to move and have the space to do it.

I believe this to be true for the body as well as the mind, for our relationships, living spaces and life paths.
With tap dancing, I move my feet to make rhythms, creating the poetry of steps. The pulse of our daily footsteps transcends cultures and styles, but inside this steady pulse I find music, rhythms and stories.
I aim to create dialogues with musicians, sounds, spaces and audiences, in order to find what is held in the space between. Combining improvisation with fixed structures, I like to work with other people and to let the work find its form through the process. The meanings will be determined by each audience members’ own experience.
— Marije Nie

While in Residency:

This year I have received an artist grant from the Amsterdam Art Fund which enables me to travel and exchange with other artists. In the course of this grant I have lived, worked and studied in Denmark, Poland and Portugal, and am now planning trips to Bali and Cuba. And now I am coming to New Orleans.

While in New Orleans I will be setting up artist exchanges with local individuals that work in theatre, dance and music. The exchanges can be artistic, but can also be an exchange of thoughts and experiences (artistic, social and economical experiences) around art projects connected to social change, community building or personal artistic biography.

I will be screening my short films and combining that with a tap performance including local musicians / dancers. I am interested to work with any musicians, but especially in those that find a distinctly personal approach to their work.

Marije Nie's Website

Feb/Mar 2018: Chandler Thomas

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Artist-in-Residence: Chandler Thomas

Thomas manipulates materials of her personal history to display transformations in her identity and persona. She items materials of significance, such as her discarded underwear, T-shirts of past lovers, etc., and performs blending body and material through actions including arm-knitting herself into cocoons or “macrame-ing” herself into particular position.

Tactile engagement with these materials informs her re-purposing of these materials into wearable items intended for performance, public events, etc. "For example, in reaction to Cardi B’s single 'Bodak Yellow' and her emphasis on 'red bottoms' (Christian Louboutin heels), I painted the bottoms of all of my childhood Barbie shoes with red nail polish (as child-me would have done to emulate a high-powered female persona), sewed them onto my old padded brassiere and transformed that into a set of removable shoulder-pads." This work stands alone as social commentary, or can communicate with other fashion pieces." 

Thomas will wear her sculptural work in performance and to public events, pushing audience interaction with the work. Thomas will play with the "divide" between virtual and in-person interaction, while using her channel, social media, and live performance of transformations of self using material and body.

Chandler Thomas Website

February 2018: Studio Habeas Corpus

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Artist-in-Residence: Studio Habeas Corpus

Habeas Corpus is a research & design studio focused on materiality and the body through dress, architecture, dance, & history. It is organized as an absolute monarchy, currently ruled by Faune Stevens. Its headquarters have just been moved to New Orleans.

Studio Habeas Corpus will embark upon a free-form exploration of the textile histories of New Orleans & Louisiana, revolving primarily around cotton and indigo. Traces of past local industries & their cohort of human & environmental exploitation, mirroring the current fast fashion world and its own cohort of human & environmental exploitation. The possibility of mending and creating new garments for ourselves, the possibility of healing through fiber & color, both literally and metaphorically.

The final work might be a mix of installation pieces (textiles mostly, maybe text & prints - textiles could be at the scale of garments or drapes / curtains) and performative interventions (maybe a free hand-sewing hour / workshop everyday, maybe a collaborative sewing project).





July 2017: Derek Brueckner

Derek Brueckner is an artist and educator who creates, curates, and participates in collaborative performances where he integrates various environments, prosthetic surfaces, audio/voice recordings, text, live-feed and pre-recorded video projections.

Derek's work involves collaborating with dancers, musicians, actors, opera singers, and other visual artists. He intends to utilize his residency time at the Art Klub creating a new series of video, drawings, paintings, and installations based on collaborations with New Orleans* artists.

View the Paintings Derek has been working on since he left NOLA on Aug 2.

You can learn more about Derek Brueckner here.

If you are interested in collaborating with Derek Brueckner, please email him here.


As a newcomer to New Orleans the Art Klub immediately became my cultural epicenter during my 2 month artist residency at the Art Klub. In collaboration with the Art Klub I made many strong connections with artists and various performers who were all so ready to collaborate and support me during my residency. My final collaborative performance at the Art Klub included 10 participants on stage bringing an amazing and unforgettable conclusion to my first time in New Orleans. This experience at the Art Klub has now created other opportunities that include a performance project in 2018 at another New Orleans arts organization.

Over the years I have done residencies in Canada, Italy, Brooklyn, Queens, Chicago, and Vermont and would gladly return to the Art Klub given the opportunity to do so again. I am convinced that any cultural workers who keeps an open mind, and who pro-actively participates with the Art Klub community and the local New Orleans arts community in general will be blessed with an unforgettable experience at the Art Klub.
— Derek Brueckner, Artist and Educator

June 2017: Mark Mikunas

Mark Mikunas has historically been a software engineer and online course instructor/designer, but recently has become an entrepreneur and launched SerenadeMe, a business which combines his love of music and song writing with technology and creativity.

Mark was called to New Orleans to get away from the bluster of Chicago. His residency at the Art Klub is part of longer journey; he is working on an album of 365 songs. A diary of poetry, prose, photography, an honest attempt to make sense of this life and to see where the road takes us.

You can learn more about Mark Mikunas here.

I made my way to Art Klub in Summer 2017. 

Join Mark at the Art Klub for an evening of storytelling, song, and images on June 29th from 8-10pm!

I made my way to Art Klub in Summer 2017.

I stayed as an artist in residence, immersing myself in New Orleans culture, and while living at the club, was given access to many amazing people and events.

For my project, I decided to write a show that involved my new music, performance, writing, poetry, and prose. Reese and Kristin were amazing - they gave me access to anything I needed, offered any rehearsal times I was free, and helped stage the show with me. And more.

Reese helped write and involve several dancers that performed during my show. Kristen read one of my passages, and both were integral in pulling the night off. I feel like I have made lifelong friends with them even in my brief time there.

I truly miss being there and try to make it down there any chance I can get.
— Mark Mikunas, Artist-in-Residence, June 2017

March 2017: Elizabeth Wautlet 

The ART KLUB artist residency was an invaluable phase in the creation of our show JUBILEE. Andres and I were afforded the necessary time and space in which to produce quality work, and were the grateful beneficiaries of Reese and the ART KLUB’s kind, creative energy. The intimate, engaged audience we had for our work-in-progress provided intelligent, constructive feedback, allowing us to know exactly what our next steps were as we moved forward with our piece. JUBILEE is today a full-fledged, full-length solo performance that I’m proud of... and I owe this in no small way to the time spent at the ART KLUB and in the ever-inspiring city of New Orleans.
— Elizabeth Wautlet, Artist-in-Residence, March 2017


Elizabeth Wautlet will be arriving from Paris to work on her one person show JUBILEE from March 8-20, 2017 which will include a performance of the work on Thursday, March 16th and the weekend of March 17th.

The Jubilee! But can canceling debts lead to true forgiveness?: “You First, For Pushing Me In, And Then Me For Letting You”...
JUBILEE is about a father, a daughter and debt... 
Debt as a mental construct, debt as a system of morality and debt as bank loans, credit cards, and a lot of fine print. Entire economies and worlds, our world, is delicately (im)balanced upon it. There are so many ways in which we owe.

From the merchant of Venice, to Faust, from Greece to subprime mortgages, debt is a timeless theme anchored within time-based repayment plans. It is something we know, a void or obligation we feel, and something we get out of... or don't. 

Elizabeth has created and performed original work for the Inside Stories International Performance Festival in Madison, Wisconsin, the Montmartre Dionysia Labs, Bilingual Acting Workshop and the OuiShare Festival in Paris, as well as the BUC Anglophone Theatre Festival near Versailles, in France. She is an actress and director for The Big Funk Company in Paris and project director of New Voices New Projects, a Paris-based platform for emerging theatre talent. She's an organizing team member of the Paris Fringe Festival and has led theatre workshops throughout France (including Avignon, Paris, La Réunion, Martinique...), in New Orleans and at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. Elizabeth is currently an acting instructor at Cours Florent, in Paris. 

“Elizabeth’s performance style combines carefully crafted layering of images and text, live performance and film, and juxtaposing humor with darker emotions... On stage she has an Audrey Hepburn-like elegance and charm, but also a strong presence with a hint of danger.” – Leslie Hill, internationally acclaimed performance artist and co-founder of Curious