The Mercury Store is a start-up space for theatre artists – stage directors, choreographers, and devisers – providing bodies, space and time to look at and examine their work. It offers residencies, studio and co-working space, community and funding. The Mercury Store is committed to a new way of thinking about how theatre gets made; artistic excellence, a wide diversity of artists, creative and intellectual risk-taking and rigor, and equitable working conditions are the guiding principles. The Mercury Store occupies a 16,000 square foot warehouse in Gowanus, Brooklyn that was once a metal foundry.
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The Mercury Store is a start-up space for theatre artists – stage directors, choreographers, and devisers – providing bodies, space and time to look at and examine their work. It offers residencies, studio and co-working space, community and funding. The Mercury Store is committed to a new way of thinking about how theatre gets made; artistic excellence, a wide diversity of artists, creative and intellectual risk-taking and rigor, and equitable working conditions are the guiding principles. The Mercury Store occupies a 16,000 square foot warehouse in Gowanus, Brooklyn that was once a metal foundry.
Residencies
A Mercury Store residency is a three month residency for theatre artists. Residents are provided with a stipend, 4 weeks of studio space, weekday workspace, a company of actors, a budget for theatrical materials and collaborators, peer support and critique. The purpose of the residency is to create time and space for the theatre artist to ask a question (or series of questions) – about a text, a form, a style – and examine and interrogate it, both alone and with collaborators, at their desks, and in three dimensions in the studio. The long-form approach to the residency allows the artist to consider and reconsider their interest, with the flexibility to change course, dig deep, and reflect on what they’re learning. To be a resident is also to be in community. The Mercury Store aims to serve as a village hall for theatre artists, creating opportunities to engage with one’s colleagues, both socially and artistically (if such a distinction even exists), to see their practice and to open up one’s own for examination. For the period of their residency, residents use the Mercury Store as their primary workspace. They give one talk on their practice at some point in their tenure, and offer multiple open studio visits. It is also expected they attend the other residents’ talks and open studios. Mercury Store offers theatre artists the opportunity to exercise their creative muscles with the benefits of citizenship – working Monday to Friday, compensated and insured – to create radically contemporary, artistically rigorous theatre work.
Projects
The purpose of a Mercury Store project is to create time and space for the theatre artist to ask a question – about a text, a form, a style, a specific production – and examine and interrogate that question in three dimensions in the studio. Projects are provided with a stipend, 1-2 studio weeks, workspace, a company of actors, a budget for theatrical materials and collaborators, peer support and critique. Mercury Store offers theatre artists the opportunity to exercise their creative muscles with the benefits of citizenship – working Monday to Friday, compensated and insured – to create radically contemporary, artistically rigorous theatre work.
Friends
Mercury Store is honored to have a large group of artists in New York and beyond who act as friends to the organization, offering recommendations, counsel and feedback on our programs and initiatives.
Members
Mercury Store is committed to developing artists at all points in their careers, including those at the beginning of their professional lives. To that end, the Mercury Store will offer a membership program for early career theatre artists which provides daily workspace, studio time, and community. Members are invited to all events, classes and open studios. Due to Covid-19, our Membership Program has been delayed and will begin in our Beta Season, along with our other programming, in the near future.