The Artist in Residence (AIR) Program serves the needs of accomplished professional dance + movement-based artists or collaborative teams engaged in the process of research / creation, by providing free space + time for work, reflection, and community interaction. The Artist in Residence also interfaces with other Velocity programs throughout the year.

The AIR is required to show work in at least one Velocity program in their year in residence, and acts as an advisor for The Bridge Project. Additionally, the AIR is also invited to devise with Velocity on-site or outreach activities that support their creative process while fostering meaningful links between the Artist In Residence + the community. These opportunities may include performances, curated exhibitions, community conversations, open rehearsals, classes, media projects, humanities events or other formats.

In 2012, Velocity expanded its Residency program to also include annual Creative Residents, awarded 10-80 hour space grants. Residency outcomes can include performances, interactive events, exhibitions + installations; all designed to support the creative process of selected artists.

The center of Seattle in the heart of the Capitol Hill Arts District within Seattle’s premier art center dedicated to contemporary dance and performance. Velocity functions as an education, performance and movement laboratory with three studios and a studio theater. It does not offer living accommodation.

Each year, one AIR, at no cost, is provided with studio accommodations of approx. 150-300 hours a year, over a 6-12 month period. From the AIR application pool, Creative Residents may also be selected for shorter self-directed residencies. Creative Residents receive, at no cost, studio accommodations compatible with available studio space, facilities and resources up to a maximum of 80 hours a year during the following annual sessions.

  • Session I: Jan 1-July 8
  • Session II: Aug 8-Sept 8
  • Session III: Sept 8-Jan 1

Performance, Interactive events, Exhibitions, Workshops, Installations or other related activities designed to support the individualized creative process of selected artists.


  1. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. If you are interested in participating in AIR or the Creative Resident Program 2018, please send a letter of interest to Tonya Lockyer by December 1, 2017.
  2. Selected Seattle-based artists will be required to discuss their proposals with Velocity’s Executive/Artistic Director, and may be asked to submit an application. Proposals for self-directed creative residencies must be compatible with available studio space, facilities and resources.
  3. Out of Town Applications: 2 work samples, 1-page resume, references, and a 300-400 word statement describing your work plan while in residence. In the statement include:
  • Are you applying to be AIR, a Creative Resident, or both?
  • Personal and artistic goals for the residency period
  • Motivations that are a critical part of your process as a whole or for the proposed residency
  • Questions, concepts, materials, processes, structures, external sources or subjects central to your current work
  • Ways you might be interested in interfacing with other Velocity programs

2018 ARTIST IN RESIDENCE: Syniva Whitney


Syniva is looking forward to deep inquiry and process time in the studio alone, and with their collaborators. They plan on creating an Open Studio inviting other artists, from all disciplines, into the studio with them to move and talk together. And will also collaborate with AIR Stephanie Liapis at points where they research into interdisciplinary collaboration intersects. (They/Them)

SYNIVA WHITNEY is an experimental artist working in the fields of theater, dance, film, and visual art. They are the creator of the Gender Tender performance project and continue to develop the GT method as well as develop new ideas and projects. Syniva’s methods are a natural reflection of their queerness, non-binary gender, and multi-racial identity. Their work showcases their love of conceptual art, absurdism, and popular culture. They received their BA in art practice and theory at the Evergreen State College and went on to hone their skill for making risky art while receiving an MFA in studio art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. They have shown work in Seattle at Velocity Dance Center, On the Boards, Washington Ensemble Theater, the Seattle International Dance Festival, Yellow Fish Epic Durational Performance Festival, and Gay City Arts; in Portland, Oregon at Performance Works Northwest|Linda Austin Dance; and in Minneapolis at events curated by HIJACK, 20% Theatre Co., The Body Cartography Project, and 9×22 Dance Lab. Syniva has exhibited their visual art and screened their short films nationally. syniva.weebly.com

2018 Artist in Residence: Stephanie Liapis


Stephanie is devising salons and collaborative work periods to support collaboration between choreographers and artists working in immersive movement technologies, such as digital sound, live composition, moveable projecting images, virtual reality, “or anything that is experimental and needs a breeding ground for growth.” (She/Her)

STEPHANIE LIAPIS‘S professional career in the performing arts spans over twenty years. Her thesis work at the UW’s graduate program focused on writing embodied dance criticism for undergraduate and graduate students. She developed her course as an Assistant Professor of Dance at Long Island University-Brooklyn to include Contemporary Art, Music and Dance history. Liapis has taught extensively across the country and abroad. Her professional performance experience includes work with Doug Varone & Dancers and Nicholas Leichter Dance, Susan Marshall & Company, Nancy Bannon, and the MET Ballet and Chamber Dance Company, among others. Stephanie holds a BFA from NYU and an MFA from the UW. As a creative artist, Stephanie constructs complete visual and sonic dance works through close collaboration with performers and designers. She uses movement to build worlds driven by specific and foreign logic to reveal the practices of the creatures within it. 

2018 Creative Residents

January–June 2018

Angel “Moonyeka” Alviar
Christin Call
Alyssa Casey
Allison Burke
Shane Donohue
Hope Goldman
Ben Goosman
Allie Hankins
Elizabeth Houlton
Timothy Johnson
Elijah Kirk
Leslie Kraus
Vladimir Kremenovic
Jordan MacIntosh-Hougham
Alexandra Madera
Michael “Majinn” O’Neal
Christopher Peterson
Melissa Riker
Ezra Robinson
Leah Russell
Kate Wallich
Tom Weinberger


KT NiehoffKT Model Tim Summers is Velocity’s Artist in Service.

KT Niehoff is an entrepreneurial generative artist, performer, and producer working in the field of multi-disciplinary, new performance…






Alumni: Artists in residence

KT Niehoff (2016) ktniehoff.com
Alice Gosti (2015) gostia.com
Jody Keuhner, aka Cherdonna Shinatra (2014) cherdonna.com
Dayna Hanson (2013) daynahanson.com
zoe | juniper (2012)  zoejuniper.org
Amy O’Neal (2011)  tinyrage.com
Amelia Reeber (2010)  ameliareeber.com
Mark Haim (2009)
Molly Scott (2008)  scottpowell.org
Crispin Spaeth (2007)  spaethprojects.com/dance


// 2017 //
Laura Aschoff
Renee Boehlke
Allison Burke
Elby Brosch
Esra Cömert-Morishige
Alyza Del Pan Monley
Hope Goldman
Ben Gooseman
Alice Gosti
Mark Haim
Sarah Hogland
Liz Houlton
Jody Kuehner / Cherdonna
Leslie Krauss
Anna Krupp
Cameo Lethem
Kim Lusk
Jordan MacIntosh-Hougham
Ale Madera
Ella Mahler
Taryn McGovern
Bebe Miller
I Moving Lab
Alicia Mullikin
Michael “Majinn” O’Neal Jr. + Angel “Moonyeka” Alviar
Ethan Rome
Alisa Popova
Sean Rosado
Zoe Scofield
Seth Sexton
Nancy Stark Smith
Kate Wallich
Tom Weinberger

// 2016 // 
Kate Wallich  katewallich.com
Jody Kuehner  cherdonna.com
Kim Lusk  kimlusk.com
Dylan Ward  sleepnod.org
ilvs strauss  ilvsstrauss.com
Stephanie Liapis  stephanieliapis.com
Nathan Blackwell
Ashleigh Miller  faunix.com
Mary Sheldon Scott  marysheldonscott.com
Dani Tirrell
Alex Crozier
Jade Solomon Curtis  jadesolomon.com
Morgan Thorson (MPL)  mancc.org
Coleman Pester tectonicmarrowsociety.com

// 2015 //
Next Fest NW Artists: Daniel Costa, Elby Brosch, Laura Aschoff, Randy Ford, Imana Gunawan, JuJu Kusanagi + Julia Sloane
Kate Wallich
Made in Seattle Artists: Anna Conner + Co / Babette DeLafayette + John Marc Powell
Karin Stevens karinstevensdance.com
Matt Drews  mattdrews.com
Kim Lusk
Dani Tirrell
ilvs strauss
Ezra Dickinson
Lavinia Vago
Jade Solomon Curtis
Monica Bill Barnes + Co
Maya Soto + Nico Tower (partnership with 10 degrees)  mayasotodance.com
Mark Haim + Jesse Zaritt markhaimart.com
Bridge Project Artists: Hannah Simmons, Coleman Pester, Adriana Hernandez, Dylan Ward (UW)

// 2014 //
Next Fest NW Artists: Kim Lusk, Alexandra Maricich + Mariah Martens, Colleen McNeary, Modern Recollections, Ariana Bird, Luke Gutgsell, Anna Conner
Alana O’Farrell Rogers alanaorogers.org
Ellie Sandstrom sandstrommovement.com
Tahni Holt tahniholt.com
Molly Sides   mollysides.com
Sara Shelton Mann Project Artists: Beth Graczyk, Alice Gosti, Alia Swersky
Coriolis Dance  coriolisdance.com
SCUBA Artsits: Elia Mrak + Erica Badgeley
Bridge Project Artists: Shannon Stewart, Colleen McNeary, Anna Conner + Babette Pendleton McGeady

// 2013 //
Next Fest NW Artists: Gender Tender, Coleman Pester/Tectonic Marrow Society, Nathan Blackwell, Dylan Ward, Alana O Rogers, Matt Drews + Coulliette [the Pendleton House], Lexi Hamill
Anna Conner annaconnerandco.wordpress.com
Kate Wallich + The YC with Andrew Bartee  companywallich.com
zoe | juniper zoejuniper.org
Shannon Stewart  feetlikebirds.blogspot.com
Maureen Whiting maureenwhitingco.org

// 2012 //
Kate Wallich  companywallich.com
Shannon Stewart  feetlikebirds.blogspot.com
Catherine Cabeen  catherinecabeen.com
Danielle Agami danielleagami.com
Brian Rogers chocolatefactorytheater.org

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