Since its inception, the LADP residency program has been integral to the vision of creating an experimental performing arts organization. This fully paid AIR has given national and international choreographers, visual artists, filmmakers and more the opportunity to work with the LADP company to produce unique collaborative work in an intimate setting. 

Current Artists in Residence: 
In August 2022 Bobbi Jene Smith and Or Schraiber, both alums of the prestigious Batsheva Dance Company and founding members of the American Modern Opera Company, joined L.A. Dance Project for a two-year choreographic artist residency

Smith and Schraiber, who are partners both inside and outside the studio, have choreographed numerous original dance works independently, and collaboratively, for companies including the Martha Graham Dance Company, VAIL Dance Festival, CORPUS of The Royal Danish Ballet, and L.A. Dance Project. Most recently Smith was commissioned for a new evening-length work for the Paris Opera Ballet.




Founded in 2021, LAUNCH:LA is a residency program aimed at supporting Los Angeles’s emerging dance makers by lifting the economic burden that goes into the creation of a new work. Our selected artists are provided the space, time, monetary support, and platform to have their work seen and celebrated by a wider audience. Designed for early-career, L.A.-based dance-centered artists applicants from all backgrounds and abilities are encouraged to apply, particularly those from groups historically underrepresented in the space

Each LAUNCH:LA artist receives three weeks of rehearsal space to create new dance-centered work that is presented to audiences in LADP’s performance theater at the culmination of the residency.

LAUNCH:LA is made possible with lead support by Anita Mann Kohl and Allen D Kohl with additional support from the Hearst Foundation.


Application Opens | September 1, 2023

Deadline for Submission | September 30, 2023

Participant Notification | Week of October 29, 2023

Residency Period | January 2, 2024 – January 21, 2024

LAUNCH:LA Awardees receive: 

  • 3 weeks of free rehearsal space in LADP’s  studio and performance theater located at 2245 Washington Blvd. 
  • $3,000 artist stipend
  • $2,750 production stipend
  • Administrative and logistical support to host open rehearsals for works-in-progress in order to gain feedback from creators in LADP’s network of artists.
  • The opportunity to present the new work in 4 fully produced, shared-bill performances that will be hosted and promoted by L.A. Dance Project.

Residency Guidelines: 

This year’s residency dates are January 2, 2024 – January 21, 2024. Residency hours will take place Monday to Friday from 9:30am-5:30pm, except during the third week where the schedule will shift in preparation for the performances.

Application Guidelines: 

Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals for multi-disciplinary collaborative projects that combine dance with technology, visual art, music, or other mediums of artistic expression. Proposed projects should not have been previously premiered.

Complete Proposals Include: 

Please submit the materials as one PDF attachment, if possible. Hyperlinks to video work samples are preferred over files that are direct downloads. If necessary, please include any passwords needed to access submitted materials.

  • Contact Information (Name/company, email, phone, address, website, and designated contact person)
  • Resume or CV and Headshot
  • Bio (Please submit for all key collaborators)
  • Project Description (750 words or less on the proposed work including imagined production elements as well as a description of the applicant’s creative process)
  • Statement of Intent (300 words or less on the applicant’s goals for the residency)
  • References (Please provide the name and contact information for 2 professional references)
  • Proposed Project Budget (Please show intended allocation of the $2,750 production stipend funds, keeping a $250 line item for contingencies)
  • Work Samples (Digital portfolio of recent work including videos, photos, reviews etc)


Applications should be submitted to residencies@ladanceproject.org. The application period opens on September 1, 2023 and the deadline for submission is 11:59pm PDT on September 30, 2023. Applications received outside of the application period will not be considered.

For questions or assistance, please email the Director of Artist Residency Program Rachelle Rafailedes Mucha at residencies@ladanceproject.org.