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Artist Residency Program

The Cucalorus Residency program supports a range of artists developing new work especially projects in film, dance, and theater. It focuses on explorations of personal narrative in a process-focused laboratory with daily facilitation, play and sharing. Resident artists live and work on the festival’s growing creative compound in downtown Wilmington at one of three residency buildings – the Pinkhouse, Yolohaus, and the Cabin. The Jengo’s Campus includes 13 beds, two kitchens, four bathrooms, three to six outdoor couches, one ‘green’ van, and an outdoor shower. All resident artists are given free housing and creative support from Cucalorus staff along with access to the Community Cinema for staging events, hosting screenings, or developing work. Studio space at Wabi Sabi Warehouse is also available on request.

To learn more about the residency, to apply for the next session or to find out about rental rates for our facilities, email programming@cucalorus.org. Or feel free to give us a shout at 910-343-5995.


Upcoming Residencies

  • Social Justice Residency – Performing Gender and Sexuality in the US South: April 6 – 24, 2017
  • Dancemakers Retreat: June 8-12, 2017
  • The School of Making Thinking – Immersion: July 10 – 30, 2017
  • Playing With Food: Eating Our Work: August 3 – 14, 2017

thea fitz-james, residency coordinator

Thea Fitz-James is part academic, part journalist, and part theatre practitioner. She holds a BA in Theatre from McGill, a Bachelor of Journalism from University of King’s College, and a Masters in Theatre & Performance Studies from York University. Thea is a theatre maker and performance artist, having created work with FADO in Toronto, Secret Theatre in Halifax and the School of Making/Thinking in New York. Her most recent work explores contemporary depictions of women and feminism, integrating performance art and theatre to ask difficult questions around cultural norms. She is interested in further developing her work along the themes of trauma, loss, absence and presence. She is currently working on her PhD in Performance Studies at York University, looking at knitting and textiles in activism and performance.

Past Residents

danny jacobs, 2016

As an actor, Danny is recurred on the final two seasons of Showtime’s MASTERS OF SEX. Other TV credits include: TRANSPARENT, ROSEWOOD, GREY’S ANATOMY, NCIS: LOS ANGELES, GRACELAND, THE LAST TYCOON and LAST MAN STANDING. He also starred in films like Sony Pictures’ THE CAVERN and Fox’s BACHELOR PARTY 2: THE LAST TEMPTATION. As a writer/director, Danny has made two feature films alongside his partner, Darren Grodsky. Their debut picture was the Magnolia Pictures release HUMBOLDT COUNTY, a drama starring Chris Messina, Fairuza Balk, Frances Conroy, Brad Dourif and Jeremy Strong. In their follow up, a comedic film entitled GROWING UP AND OTHER LIES, Danny stars alongside Adam Brody, Josh Lawson, Wyatt Cenac and Amber Tamblyn.

noam sharon and tal rosenthal, summer 2016

Noam Sharon and Tal Rosenthal are a filmmaking duo, both Israeli with a German passport. Their work mainly revolves around their relationship issues and weird, dangerously intimate relationship with each other. During their residency they tackled a few short scripts, one of them is being developed as a feature length film. When they’re not working on cucalorus related projects- they do commercials, music videos and develop TV scripted and unscripted formats.

sabrina jeffcoat, spring 2016

S. Jeffcoat is a graduate of the College of Charleston where I earned a BA in Studio Art. I create mixed media pieces with sculptural elements. After graduation, I worked in art sales in Savannah GA and for SCAD in Exhibition Design. My purpose is to build community through art. My business, Royal African Company, Ltd. Co. (partially the product of my time spent as a 2016 Cucalorus Artist in Residence) retails afrocentric accessories and home goods. I tell the story of the people of color that have made the South the rich place that it is today. Info at royalafricanco.com Fbk/IG: @royalafricanco

andrew ryder, spring 2016

Andrew Ryder is an actor and songwriter based in Brooklyn, NY. He has recently appeared in indie feature Lace Crater (which had its US premiere at Cucalorus) by Harrison Atkins, and shorts 86’d by Alan Palomo, and Tilt-a-whirl by Adam Kritzer (made during Cucalorus residency). He is a founding member of two theater companies, Oh Force! based in NYC and Rhinoleap in Winston-Salem, NC. As a songwriter he has provided music for various theater and dance projects, played in bands Creamside and True Lucy, and is currently working on a solo record. Andrew is a graduate of UNCSA.

adam kritzer, spring 2016

Adam is a filmmaker and teaching artist with a passion for alternative, community-based work. He produced CHOCOLATE HEART (SXSW, 2014) and LACE CRATER (TIFF, 2015), and his directorial debut, GOOD FUNK, won the Harlem Spotlight for Best Feature at the 2016 Harlem IFF. He has worked as a Shorts Programmer for Cucalorus and is currently editing a trilogy of short films made with the support of the Cucalorus Artist-in-Residence Program. He lives in upstate New York, in a sleepy town on Lake Champlain, with his awesome partner and a hypothetical dog that will hopefully become a reality soon.

jen ray, summer 2015

Jen Ray is the Owner and Director of Dancinema Productions Ltd., a Vancouver, BC & Washington, DC based company fusing dance and cinema through productions, events, and education. Dancinema produces dancefilms, live performances, hosts Discover Dancinema workshops and the CASCADIA Dance & Cinema Festival. Follow Dancinema Productions Ltd. at www.dancinemaproductionsltd.com / jenraydancinema.tumblr.com / vimeo.com/jenraydancinema or on any of the major social media platforms (FB, Insta, Twitter).

jackie olive, summer 2015

Jacqueline Olive founded Tell It Media to create documentaries that tell nuanced stories of the people, places and cultures that make up our diverse world. She coordinated the production of the Emmy Award-winning PBS documentary series, Independent Lens, and Global Voices for three seasons. Always in Season, a documentary feature produced and directed by Jackie, is a transmedia project that uses film and an immersive 3D virtual reality experience to reach a broad audience with integrated cross-platform storytelling about the lingering impact of more than a century of lynching African Americans. To learn more about Always in Season, visit www.alwaysinseason.net.

addison adams, fall 2014

Addison Adams is a visual artist and experimental musician based in Atlanta, Georgia. He received his BFA in painting and drawing from the University of Georgia in 2012, and has since continued developing his work in painting as well as his experimentation with sculpture, installation, performance art, and film. He has performed at the High Museum of Art, the Goat Farm Arts Center, MINT gallery, and has exhibited his paintings and video art throughout the Southeast.

ruth paxton, fall 2014

Paxton is an impassioned Scottish filmmaker and visual artist, who has made acclaimed award-winning shorts screened internationally. She has received commissions from 9.88 films, DigiCult, the National Theatre of Scotland, Milan’s Festival Delle Lettere and Royal Philharmonic Society, and was selected as one of Canongate’s ‘Storytellers of The Future,’ last year. A participant of various international Talent Labs and schemes, Ruth has also served as a Jury member for festivals and competitions. She is currently in development across a number of dramatic projects. Paxton is represented by Mark Casarotto of Casarotto Ramsay & Associates. paxtonworks.com

rozalind macphail, fall 2014
Classically-trained flutist and multi-instrumental looping artist Rozalind MacPhail blends organic instrumentation and electronics through the aid of Ableton Live and her laptop. A native of Toronto Island, MacPhail has made guest flutist appearances with celebrated music artists: Yo La Tengo, Constantines, Elliott Brood, Lou Barlow and more. From composing at the Banff Centre to performing at the Dawson City International Short Film Festival to touring solo across Canada, Rozalind is now based in St. John’s, Newfoundland. MacPhail recently released Head First, a 5.1 DVD which combines her original music to 13 short silent films created by Canadian filmmakers. www.rozalindmacphail.com

shona thomson, summer 2014

Shona Thomson is an experienced film festival programmer and producer specialising in archive and silent film. She’s worked with the National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh International Film Festival, and The Hippodrome cinema in Bo’ness – Scotland’s oldest purpose-built cinema at 102 years old – where she has produced the Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema for the last four years: www.hippfest.co.uk.

joanna arnow, summer 2014

Joanna is a filmmaker based in Brooklyn, her hometown. Her personal documentary feature I HATE MYSELF 🙂 has screened at festivals including Rooftop Films, SF Indiefest, NoBudge and Unknown Pleasures – it received the Audience Award at LES Film Festival and won the jury prize for Best Feature in the Northside Film Competition. Joanna has also made short films about acclaimed avant-garde dancers Eiko & Koma, as well as the development of Occupy Wall Street.

mariah kramer, summer 2014

Before becoming interested in film, Mariah worked in Manhattan at Fuse TV and The Martha Stewart Show. She eventually found herself in Portland, OR where she fell in love with documentary filmmaking and teaching. Mariah recently earned a MFA from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her films have screened at a variety of festivals throughout the country including, Cucalorus Film Festival, Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival, BolderLife Film Festival, The Loft Film Festival, and more.

jen west, spring 2014

Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, Jen West is a writer and director living in Atlanta, Georgia. She is known for Piece of Cake (2006), Crush (2011), Bubble (2013) and Call Me (2014 – music video for St. Paul and the Broken Bones). She wrote her feature script Electric Bleau as part of a creative residency with the Cucalorus Film Festival. Currently she is in preproduction for her next short, Little Cabbage.

mandi edwards, spring 2014

Mandi Edwards is an indie filmmaker from the Shire of Somerset and the smallest city in England. Currently working a retail job to finance her projects and travel, she is hoping to work more behind-the-scenes at film festivals. She loves producing short docs and music videos, and shot Guns in the House during her time at Cucalorus in Spring ’14. She is looking forward to showcasing this over the next year as her first ‘zero-budget’ project.

rebecca kenyon, founding member

Rebecca Kenyon is a London-based filmmaker and director of ‘mote of dust films’ focused on social documentaries. Whilst making award-winning feature Something You Can Call Home she was a founding member of the artist residency program at Cucalorus where it also premiered, and has gone on to screen at 20 film festivals and 60 community events. She is currently working on an international project based around refugee experiences, and a documentary with end of life doulas.

matthew hulse & elizabeth lawrence founding members

Maverick crazed filmmakers Hulse and Lawrence blasted into town with ‘Tiny’ Master K, digging deep in the dirt, clumsily turning and tripping over every stone, carving out a seedy bed for future residents. The ‘Sid & Nancy’ of their day, Hulse punched a hole clean through a wall, Lawrence wrecked a vintage automobile. Trees were planted, wormeries founded, bridges burned. The dust on Princes Street settles to this day. www.dummyjim.com / www.rolloutcowboy.com.