Call for Submissions: Boundless Exposed 2020

About: Boundless Exposed is a workshop and mentoring opportunity for emerging theatre designers of color. During this program, participating designers have the opportunity to work alongside experienced mentors in shaping an installation-style design based on a short play. The workshop includes five collaborative design meetings over a three-week period, as well as a final two weeks of hands-on implementation and presentation. Designers will be selected through an application process, and participating designers will receive a $500 stipend upon conclusion of the program.

Program Overview:

  • We are seeking emerging theatre designers of color interested in an intensive collaboration with peers, mid-career design mentors, and professional actors and directors.
  • Boundless Exposed will foster an inclusive, creative workshop process with no conceptual boundaries. Participants must be interested in exploring a text fully through design.
  • Participating designers will collaborate to create a conceptual installation inspired by a short play, written by an established playwright of color.
  • The workshop will consist of four design meetings over a one-week period, as well as a second week of hands-on implementation.
  • The program will conclude with a public presentation of participants’ original installation design, featuring professional actors and directors. The presentation will be followed by a talkback.

Stipend: Participating designers will receive a $500 stipend upon conclusion of the program.

Program Dates:

Application deadline: February 14th, 2020
Design meetings: May 6th, May 11th, May 18th and May 26th, 2020
Rehearsal period: May 26th to June 3rd, 2020
Load-in and Dress Rehearsal: June 9th to June 11th, 2020
Final presentation: June 12th, 2020
Times TBD. Dates subject to change.
The load-in, dress rehearsal and final presentation will take place at the Julia de Burgos Performance and Arts Center in East Harlem.

Who Should Apply?: We are seeking enthusiastic early-career set, lighting and costume designers eager to examine the conceptual design possibilities within a theatrical text. Participants should be committed to exploring ideas collaboratively in a boundless creative atmosphere. Designers should have an interest in networking with experienced design professionals, and should share the goals and values of our company.

Who We Are: Boundless Theatre Company is a designer-led organization seeking to investigate, push and redefine the boundaries of theatrical storytelling. Spearheaded by women and theatre-makers of color, we strive to nurture cross-cultural voices in our programming, producing aesthetically challenging and visually mesmerizing interpretations of new and existing work. Through professional productions, community arts engagement, and other programming, we foster a collaborative artistic landscape as richly and authentically diverse as our own communities.

To Apply: Please submit your resume, a letter of recommendation, two samples of your work, and a letter of intent to The letter of intent should explain why this program is a good fit for you, why you are interested in collaborating with Boundless, and how this experience will contribute to your career goals. All application materials should be submitted in a single PDF document with the subject line “Boundless Exposed Application.”

Submission Deadline: February 14th, 2020



This program is sponsored, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.