Columbia College Chicago Theatre Dept. Alum’s Synapse Arts Seeks Proposals for 2021 ‘New Works’ Program – Deadline is Jan. 5


Synapse Arts, a Chicago-based dance-theatre company co-founded and led by Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department alum Rachel Damon ’05, a graduate of the Theatre Department’s Theatre Design BA program, has issued a call for proposals from choreographers/directors who wish to take part in New Works, a program that supports independent dance-based artists in making an original performance piece. This program reflects the founding principles of Synapse Arts by connecting artists with one another to share resources and develop their voices through the creation of unique performance works.

Rachel Damon

Applications must be sent by Tuesday, January 5, 2021, to Rachel Damon at For more information on the application requirements, click here.

New Works takes place every other year and has commissioned 17 choreographers/directors so far. The program typically takes place in person; however, the 2021 cycle will largely center around virtual programming, in the form of a remote residency. This means that applicants for this cycle do not necessarily need to be based in Chicago.