New York Live Arts Context Notes Writers Needed - FAST Deadline

03 Jul 2014 7:15 PM | Anonymous

Each season New York Live Arts (Live Arts) commissions two (2) writers to produce written pieces known as “Context Notes” to accompany each show on the season. Context Notes are published in Live Arts programs and are intended to frame questions, spark discussion, and explore/expand the experience of seeing work on the Live Arts stage. This year, Live Arts seeks to include new voices and diverse perspectives by issuing an open call for writers.

Interested applicants must be engaged in an active writing practice and demonstrate a compelling history of publication (whether in print or online, self-published or by existing media outlets). Applicants must have an avid interest in live art, and be engaged with the form as writers, scholars, makers, curators, and/or educators. Applicants will be considered for the quality of their writing, ability to engage readers, and professionalism. Applicants interested in using new media and technology to supplement and/or interface with their writing are strongly encouraged to apply.

Each writer will cover approximately five (5) shows across the season, writing a short 600-word piece on the artist and work being presented. The notes are not required to provide any specific information about the artist or their work. Aside from editing for factual errors, the works are not edited for content by the artists whose work is being discussed. Additionally, each writer will produce two (2) blog posts for the Live Arts blog, on topics of their choice that relate to Live Arts, the performing arts community in New York and abroad, and current events. Context Notes writers will receive an honorarium of $700, as well as a complimentary ticket to each Live Arts presentation on the 2014/2015 season for which they are writing. Samples of past context notes can be found here on the New York Live Arts blog.

To Apply:

Please send your application to as a single PDF file.

Please include, in order:

  • Statement of Intent (no more than one page).
  • Why is participation in this program of interest to you? What do you hope to bring to Live Arts’ Context Notes program? What approach(es) do you use to engage your audience?
  • Resume of relevant experience (no more than two pages).
  • Please include experience relevant to writing in a professional capacity, including past publication, education, and research, as well as other non-writing experience that informs your work.
  • 2 samples of your writing on the topic of a specific performance or artist creating body-based work. Samples must be work that has been published in the public domain within the past 4 years.

Applications are due by 5pm on Monday July 7, 2014. No late applications will be accepted.

Please direct all questions to Jaamil Kosoko, Associate Curator, Humanities and Special Projects at No phone calls please.

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