The In Kinship Archives & Performance Fellowship

About the archives & performance Fellowship

The Archives & Performance Fellowship is a paid, year-long residency that will support four Fellows in creating new work about the Penobscot River that incorporates research and performance. The fellowship year will include a regular check-in schedule, workshops and skill-shares with In Kinship artists and community partners, and a public workshop performance and/or presentation of the work created during the residency. This work may take many forms including but not limited to narrative play scripts, research papers, multi-media and video-based performance, spoken word, movement-based work, cross-genre journals, puppetry and/or any combination of forms and formats. Fellows will receive a $1500 stipend, dramaturgical/research support, connections with the broader In Kinship community (including artists, scientists, activists, and scholars), photo and video process documentation, and space to present their work.

Who Should Apply?

We are looking for applications from people working in any field or discipline who are interested in performance, ecological work, and collaborating with people outside of their own area of expertise. No matter how much experience you have making theatre or performance work, if some (or all) of the following questions are exciting to you, please apply! We want to hear from you!

  • How can we approach the history of the Penobscot River as alive, inseparable from its present and future?

  • How can artists, activists, and scholars engaged in ecological issues better learn from and support one another?

  • How can subjugated forms of knowledge create broad impact and meaningful change?

  • How can we identify and honor non-human voices and narratives important to the river?

  • What methodologies can be used to disrupt dominant narratives and colonial approaches to knowledge preservation?

We will prioritize applicants who live and/or work in the Penobscot watershed region. Equity and inclusion of a broad array of voices is at the core of In Kinship; we especially encourage people from traditionally underrepresented or misrepresented communities to apply. The project is following guidance from members of Penobscot Indian Nation where possible, and Fellows of all backgrounds should expect to discuss colonization histories and practice respect for Penobscot cultural and political sovereignty.


Fellows should expect to commit about 5 hours per week to fellowship activities (more during the April and September research intensives) until the rehearsal period beginning in December 2019. During the rehearsal period, Fellows should expect to commit about 10 hours per week. An overview of the schedule follows:

  • January 5, 2019: Applications due

  • January 15: Fellows notified

  • February 15: First meeting

  • March: Check-ins, early project development

  • April 24-27: Research intensive at University of Maine, Orono

  • May-August: Check-ins, short workshops scheduled in consultation with Fellows

  • September: Guided on-river research intensive scheduled in consultation with Fellows and guides

  • October-November: Check-ins, short workshops scheduled in consultation with Fellows

  • December-January: Rehearsals for final showing scheduled in consultation with Fellows

  • Late January/early February 2020: Public showing of project(s)

  • Mid-February 2020: Fellowship reflections and celebration

How to Apply

Applicants should send the materials requested below as email attachments and/or links addressed to Cory Tamler, Project Director, at There are no page or length limits, but we will spend 20-30 minutes reviewing your application, so please assemble it with this in mind. Application deadline: January 5, 2019.

  • Personal statement/statement of interest (potential formats: document, video, audio)

  • Work sample (choose format that shows off what you do: document, video, images, project webpage, etc.)

  • CV/resume (document or link)

  • Contact info


The Fellowship is open and exploratory. We welcome applicants with a specific idea for a project, but this is not necessary to apply. In general, if you want to tackle questions about the environment and social change connected to the Penobscot watershed and you are excited by the idea of working with a multi-disciplinary group of people, you should definitely apply. Here are some possible scenarios:

  • You're an academic doing research on the Penobscot watershed, and want to figure out how to reach a broader audience with your work.

  • You're an environmental justice activist who's curious about how the arts can help mobilize your community's stories to create broad culture shift.

  • You're a playwright with a draft of a play about histories of the Penobscot River region that is in need of interdisciplinary and intercultural perspective.

  • You're an artist-scholar with a practice as research project about anadromous fish in the Penobscot and want to deepen your knowledge and methods of research.

  • You're a performer who wants agency in your creative process and to use your artistry to contribute to social change.

  • You work across video and digital media and want to include hands-on research and outdoor experiences in your artistic practice.

Projects/platforms we find inspirational, and examples of projects Fellows might dream up, include:

Listening to Country (Marrugeku)
Thoreau-Wabanaki 150th Anniversary Tour
Walking at the Edge of Water (Dancing Earth)
Geyser Land (Mary Ellen Strom/Ann Carlson)
Works on Water
Building a Better Fishtrap (Angela's Pulse)
Then A Cunning Voice and A Night We Spend Gazing At Stars (Emily Johnson/Catalyst Dance)
Dancing Sovereignty (Mique'l Dangeli)
Mare Liberum
Dear Enemy (Christy Gast)
36.5 / a durational performance with the sea (Sarah Cameron Sunde)
Center for Humans and Nature
Superhero Clubhouse
Initiative for Indigenous Futures

About In Kinship

Produced by Open Waters (, In Kinship is a multi-year community art and performance project that looks at how we connect and care for each other within the Penobscot River Watershed ecosystem.