Now Open: January to June 2019 Residency Application

Before applying, please visit our website at, and go to the Apply page for guidelines.

If you have questions regarding PLAYA's Residencies, or the application process, please email us at

 As PLAYA continues to evolve we appreciate all the support and contributions by individuals and organizations. PLAYA remains committed to providing artists and scientists the time and space to reflect, explore and engage their work.

Steps to apply: 

1) Please read Residency Guidelines to establish if you are a good fit for this opportunity.

2) Fill out the Submittable Form before September 1, 2018 at midnight.


PLAYA provides space, solitude, and a creative community to residents working in the arts and sciences, encouraging dialogue to bring positive change to the environment and the world. 


PLAYA is an organization for creative individuals who are committed and passionate about their work and who will benefit from time spent in a remote location. PLAYA offers seclusion and quiet in a natural environment and the opportunity for interaction, if desired, with a cohort of residents and the local rural community. A Residency provides the time and space to create substantive work or to research and reflect upon one’s creative or scientific processes. Away from the urgencies of daily life, residents can focus on their projects, immerse in a desert landscape of basin and rangeland, and find inspiration through self-directed inquiry. 


PLAYA’s residencies are open to visual artists, writers, performing artists, scientists, naturalists, designers, and individuals engaged in interdisciplinary work or other forms of creative research. PLAYA welcomes a range of applicants from emerging scientists, resilence professionals, and artists to those with an established history of accomplishment. However, applicants must exhibit a recent history of focused work within the discipline they are applying. In addition, they must address, in the application, their ability to thrive in remote, isolated conditions and be self-directed, self sufficient, and self-contained in their work. All residents’ work must be compatible with PLAYA’s available studios, cabins, facilities, and resources, and with PLAYA’s rural setting and community. 


A rotating panel of artists, writers, scientists and other professionals review proposals and recommend applicants for residencies. Applicants are assessed and admitted based on their demonstrated commitment to their work, and to what degree their creative process and work will benefit from the uninterrupted time and independent living environment that a residency at PLAYA provides. Final awards of residencies are at the discretion of PLAYA. 


There is only the application fee required for a PLAYA Residency. We charge a $35.00 non-refundable processing fee ($70.00 if applying as a collaborative team of two – six persons, and $140.00 if applying as a collaborative team of seven – twelve persons). If accepted each resident is asked to submit a $110.00 deposit, which can be refunded or donated following the completion of a residency. However, the deposit is not refundable if a residency is cancelled

As a nonprofit organization, PLAYA relies on donations and encourages those who have the ability to contribute to do so. You may donate online  through the website, mail in a donation, or choose to donate your $110.00 deposit. 


While every effort is made to accommodate applicants’ schedule requests, we are not always able to grant your choices. Please indicate flexibility and restrictions on your application. 


If applying as a collaborative team, please have one person listed as the main applicant. As a collaborative team you MUST include the following in your statement of project: group name (if applicable), a list of all participating members, and your specific needs for lodging and workspace. In addition, each member must supply an individual resume as part of the group application.


Couples may apply individually for concurrent residencies, with the understanding that one applicant might be accepted and the other not. If requesting accommodations as a couple, each applicant must state this explicitly on their application.


Each resident is provided housing with a kitchen, and a place to work—either a studio or a desk area in their cabin. Except for a twice a week group dinner, all meals and provisions are the responsibility of the resident. Living, work, and studio spaces have standard utilities, abundant natural light, and open vistas in an expansive landscape; but are free of telephone, television, and internet. The Commons building has a commercial kitchen, library, space for yoga or dancing, ping-pong table, and a loft work area with a projection screen. 


PLAYA strives to practice a leave no trace ethic for site specific artworks, installations, or other processes on the grounds that might affect the environment, habitats, or other species. If your work at Playa includes any processes that may result in changes (immediate or long-term) to the visual, physical, or aesthetic environment of PLAYA, you must first receive prior approval from the Executive Director. Activities include, but are not limited to relocating earth (rocks), cutting or removal of plants, and/or using technology that might adversely affect biotic species (or the tranquility of the PLAYA experience). 



Current work is requested. The nature of the work sample submitted should correspond to the nature of the work you propose to do while in residence. An applicant's work sample is the most significant feature of the application. Unless work is interdisciplinary, each applicant is encouraged to apply in a primary creative discipline and submit a work sample and statement of project that emphasizes this single discipline. 


Provide 10-15 images in JPEG format along with a document containing your name, and listing the JPEG filename, title, medium, size and year of completion for each piece. JPEG files should be at least 800x600 pixels and formatted to 72 dpi. NO TIFF OR PSD FILES ACCEPTED. Each filename must be numbered and correspond to the accompanying work-description document. 


Your writing sample should be representative of the genre in which you plan to work while in residence. Provide one document that contains a sample as follows: 

~Fiction: 10 pages of a novel excerpt, a story, or short stories. ~Poetry: 10 pages of poetry. ~Nonfiction: 10 pages of nonfiction. ~Playwriting: one complete act. ~Screen writing: 20 pages of script.

Include in this document a cover page that contains the title(s) of the work, the applicant’s name, and the date(s) of completion. 


Provide three to ten separate works totaling no more than 25 minutes in audio or video format along with one document that lists the file name, title, and year of completion for each work, and that clearly summarizes the applicant’s role on the work. 


Provide one document that contains up to 10 pages of abstracts or other examples that are representative of your work. Include in this document a cover page that contains your name, the title of each work, the date of completion, and a description of your areas of research. 


If your project does not fall clearly within one of the above disciplines please send an email to the Residency Manager at to discuss an appropriate work sample. 



Playa sits at the base of Winter Ridge, which rises to 7,200 feet at the northwestern edge of the Great Basin in south-central Oregon. Directly east of PLAYA lies Summer Lake, at an elevation of 4,200 feet. The lake is about 20 miles long and five miles wide. It is a playa: a desert lake that is shallow in the winter and usually evaporates by late summer. The Summer Lake basin, abundant with both desert and forest flora and fauna, is cradled between the open sagebrush steppe of eastern Oregon and the rocky, forested mountains of the Fremont-Winema National Forest. 


PLAYA gives residents an opportunity to pursue personal creative work and share in a community of creative individuals. In this spirit, residents commit to residing at PLAYA for the entire residency period awarded. Note: If your residency’s purpose or specific project requires overnight excursions off-site, these must be described and explained in your proposal. All needs during an excused off- site time are the responsibility of the resident. 


PLAYA’s Residency Program is unable to invite or accommodate family members or visitors to accompany residents, except when the facility is open for monthly PLAYA Presents or other events open to the public. Visitors must be accompanied by the resident at all times and are not permitted to stay overnight. 


Residents are free to choose privacy during their stay or enjoy interaction with peers and the community if desired. Residents are welcomed to others’ cabins or studios by invitation only. 


Although no services are expected of residents during their stay, interaction with the local community is encouraged and graciously supported. After acceptance, if you would like to participate in some form of community outreach or present an activity at PLAYA, you may propose a presentation or activity, which PLAYA staff will try to accommodate. 


Residents are responsible for their transportation to and from PLAYA, and for their local travel needs during their residency (either in their own car, or by getting a ride with another resident). Residents who will be at PLAYA in the cold months (November through March) should be sure their vehicles are equipped with snow tires or carry chains. Please note that AAA does not service this area. 


Except for a twice-weekly group dinner prepared by staff, which residents are encouraged to attend, all other food and meals are the responsibility of individual residents. If you are awarded a residency, we will send information about options for purchasing food and supplies during your stay. It is recommended that residents arrive with enough food to last two weeks. Residents may prepare meals in their cabin or in the Commons building, individually or as a group. 


Internet is limited to a slow satellite connection that can be uneven due to cloud cover, and has limited capacity for uploading and downloading data. Residents are asked to restrict their internet use to emails and limited creative research. If your work relys on the internet, please bring your own hot spot. Carriers Verizon and AT&T work best. Streaming on our internet of any type of visual or auditory material (this includes, but is not limited to, radio and news programs; and streaming music/ audio, movies, or videos) will significantly slow down and potentially shut down any access to the Internet. 

Note: The Lodge at Summer Lake (10 miles north of Playa) and the Library in Paisley (16 miles south of PLAYA) have higher speed Wi-Fi. 


Cellular reception is sporadic and unreliable at PLAYA. Cell phone reception varies from carrier to carrier. Good cell phone coverage is available 10 miles south or north of PLAYA. There is a telephone landline in the Commons building available to residents with free, unlimited long-distance calling within the U.S. All international calls made from the PLAYA landline must be made by calling card – if international charges are applied to PLAYA the resident is responsible for payment prior to leaving PLAYA. 


Residents provide all their own creative materials, supplies, tools, and equipment, unless specifically listed as provided by PLAYA. Residents also furnish their own health and hygiene products, and their outdoor clothing and gear. If awarded a residency, a checklist will be provided to help with packing. UPS, FedEx, are suggested for packages and the US Postal for letters. Post offices are located in Paisley (16 miles south) and the Summer Lake store (12 miles north). 


PLAYA is unable to accommodate residents’ pets due to allergy issues. 


PLAYA’s grounds and buildings are smoke free so we remain fire free. We take any fire risk very seriously.


The Summer Lake basin, in which PLAYA is located, is subject to storms and high winds. In the summer months, the temperature ranges from close to 90 during the day to 50 at night. In winter, the average highs are in the low 40s to mid 30s, and the lows may dip into the teens. Variations and exceptions to these norms are possible and to be expected. 

September 1, 2018 is the application deadline for January to June 2019 Residency awards. Award notifications will be made by October 31, 2019.  

PLAYA does not accept Residency Applications by email, regular mail, or fax. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. 

Our two rotating application deadlines:

March 1 – for residencies occurring in July-December of that year.

September 1 – for residencies occurring in the January - June of the following year.

(You may save your application as a draft and return to it until you are ready to pay and Submit. Once you select the “Submit to PLAYA” button you cannot change or add to your application.)