Umbria ’16: Site-Specific Creative Residency




La MaMa Umbria International is seeking applications for a two-week creative residency


Residency Dates: TBA


Application Deadline: May 1st, 2016

  • Workshop on the outdoor stage.


Interested applicants should send:

  • a brief cover letter indicating their interest
  • a resume
  • two references (names and emails)
  • online links (youtube, vimeo) to a performance

Finalists will have a telephone or Skype interview prior to final acceptance into the Program.

Materials can be sent to program director David Diamond at:

The fee for this two week Residency is $1900 and is all inclusive (except transportation to and from Spoleto). It includes:

  • lodging at the La MaMa Umbria Villa
  • all meals and local transportation including to and from the Rome airport (if needed)

Upon acceptance into the program, a deposit of $500 will be required within two weeks to secure your spot in the program.



La MaMa Umbria International is a non-profit cultural center and artist residence founded in 1990 by legendary theatre pioneer, Ellen Stewart. Dedicated to artistic experimentation, research, and learning, La MaMa Umbria is a place where artists from around the world meet to create, and to share work and ideas. Housed in a 700 year old monastery just outside Spoleto, Italy, the center is less than two hours from Rome.

Every summer La MaMa Umbria hosts artist residencies, and organizes workshops led by internationally renowned art professionals whose work is impacting the contemporary landscape of performative arts. Immersed in the creative, natural and regenerative environment of Umbria, culturally diverse artists live together while working on productions or participating in workshops to develop their artistic skills. In the past 24 years, La MaMa Umbria’s activities have included the presentation of over thirty theatre productions as well as workshops, art exhibitions, and conferences. For more information click: or!


La MaMa Spoleto Open is a special event presenting innovative performance art within the Spoleto Festival of 2 Worlds. It is curated by La MaMa Umbria International and realized with the collaboration of the City of Spoleto and the involvement of many local associations.


Spoleto is an ancient town in east central Umbria, on a foothill of the Apennines. The ancient Spoletium was situated on a branch of the Via Flaminia. Spoletium was long occupied as a strategic geographical position. In 217 BC the town was attacked by Hannibal, who was repulsed by the inhabitants. During the Second Punic War the city was a useful ally to Rome. It suffered greatly during the civil wars of Gaius Marius and Sulla; the latter, after his victory over Crassus, confiscated the territory of Spoletium (82 BC). From this time forth it was a municipium. The foundation of the episcopal see dates from the 4th century. Owing to its elevated position Spoleto was an important stronghold during the Vandal and Gothic wars; its walls were dismantled by Totila. Under the Lombards, Spoleto became the capital of an independent duchy (from 570), and its dukes ruled a considerable part of central Italy. Together with other fiefs, it was bequeathed to Pope Gregory VII by the empress Matilda. In 1155 it was destroyed by Frederick Barbarossa. In 1213 it was definitively occupied by Pope Gregory IX. During the absence of the papal court in Avignon, it was prey to the struggles between Guelphs and Ghibellines, until in 1354 Cardinal Albornoz brought it once more under the authority of the Papal States. In 1809 it became capital of the short-lived French department of Trasimène, returning to the Papal State within five years. In 1860, after a gallant defense, Spoleto was taken by the troops fighting for the unification of Italy.