Residencies will take place between September 2017 - March 2018, with specific dates to be confirmed upon acceptance.

Performing Arts Residency

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Program Information

La Caravan Dance Theatre, workshopping their new creation, Fihi Ma Fihi.

La Caravan Dance Theatre, workshopping their new creation, Fihi Ma Fihi. 


The Performing Arts Department at Banff Centre is committed to the commissioning, development, and production of new works in all major performance disciplines. Typically projects fall into one of the two following categories:

  • Creation Residency: A program to develop a new work in its initial creation phase in Banff Centre's studios.
  • Production Residency: A program to develop a new work in its production phase in Banff Centre's theatres and concert hall.

What does the program offer?

Banff Centre offers a range of work spaces and facilities depending on participants' needs and availability. Artists can create in our dance and fully-equipped music studios, performance venues (including two theatres, a concert hall, and a cabaret-style club), as well as theatre production and design shops (set, costumes, lighting, and sound).

Who should apply?

We invite project proposals from individual artists, artistic collectives, and companies. Artists at various stages of artistic practice are encouraged to apply, whether they are at the conceptual stage, ready for development and production, or preparing for presentation.

Residency Dates

Residencies for accepted applicants will take place between September 2017 and March 2018 with specific dates to be confirmed upon acceptance. Please apply by January 25, 2017.

What's Included

Single or Shared RoomRead MoreClose

When applying, choose between staying in a single or a shared bedroom on the Banff Centre campus for the duration of your program.

Get connected with other artists on campus and focus on your projects in a creative environment while we take care of the day-to-day essentials.

Studio SpaceRead MoreClose

Create in the privacy of one of our specialised studios.

Gym MembershipRead MoreClose

Your program fee includes free access to the swimming pool, climbing gym and fitness suite as well as discounted rates for classes at the Sally Borden Fitness and Recreation Centre.

Paul D. Fleck Library and ArchivesRead MoreClose

Access a wide range of publications, books, music and films in the Paul D. Fleck Library and Archives, open 6 days a week.

Box Office DiscountsRead MoreClose

Enjoy special artist rates for ticketed performances or complimentary access to events.

Participant ResourcesRead MoreClose

Enrich your experience and get to know other artists on campus by taking advantage of the activities and support provided by our Participant Resources team.

Fees & Financial Assistance

Application fee: $60 for individuals or groups. Individual group members must pay an additional registration fee of $35 on acceptance.

Banff Centre's Performing Arts Residency Program offers subsidized rates for accommodation, meals, studios, theatres, and technicians for participating artists in the program.

In order to determine the cost of your proposed residency, please refer to the Performing Arts Residency Rates Sheet and complete the Performing Arts Residency Budget Form. The Budget Form is an integral part of your residency application, please be sure to fill it out in its entirety. You may request financial assistance to subsidize certain aspects of your proposed residency when you complete the Budget Form.

Help fund your experience at Banff Centre! View a compiled list of national and international opportunities here.

How to Apply

Group applications: the group leader must complete a single application and upload supporting materials on behalf of the whole group.

Project proposal

In a one- to two-page document include a brief description of the project (one to two sentence summary), as well as a description of the goals, objectives, and requirements for the residency.

Preferred Residency Dates

List the dates you wish to be in residence at Banff Centre. Residencies can range from one to four weeks in length.

Bios for Core Creative Team

Short bios for each of your core creative team, no more than one paragraph each.


Complete the Performing Arts Residency Budget Form, making reference to the rates listed in the Performing Arts Residency Rates Sheet. Be sure to include the funding sources that will support the proposed residency.

Audio/Visual Support Materials

You may submit audio or visual material that you feel will support your application (maximum 2). This is an optional requirement.

Technical Questionnaire

Please fill out the Performing Arts Residency Technical Questionnaire and submit with your SlideRoom materials. 


Adjudication is based on artistic merit and the ability of Banff Centre to help realize the project. Participants are selected by impartial adjudicators on the basis of their submitted material. In addition to artistic merit, consideration will be given to the likelihood that the artist's work will benefit from the program. Applicants will be notified as soon as adjudication is complete.


All programs, faculty, dates, fees, and offers of financial assistance are subject to change. Program fee is subject to applicable taxes. Non-refundable fees and deposits will be retained upon cancellation. Any other fees are refunded at the discretion of the Banff Centre.

Contact the Registrar

For questions on preparing your application, please contact the Office of the Registrar:

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