The ENVISION program harkens back to Voice & Vision’s highly successful early Retreats at Smith College in 1991, ’92, and ’93. During those three years, woman theater artists of all ages, backgrounds, cultures, aesthetic and sexual orientations were given the opportunity to explore and develop their work free from the pressures of city living and commercial production, with an artistic team brought together exclusively to serve them. It was a very successful recipe: within a short span of time, an incredible volume of truly excellent work was created and went on to fuller productions at larger theaters nationwide.
Each year the ENVISION selected artists develop six new theater projects in a creative and supportive environment free from immediate commercial pressures. while in residence at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, Retreat participants are part of a collaborative and dynamic artistic atmosphere where they can focus on further developing and performing their projects. The 2005 ENVISION participants were selected from over 100 applicants, producing an exciting and diverse range of projects. Each select group of artists shares meals and constructive discourse throughout the fifteen-day Retreat.
Rehearsal for Rachel Dickstein's Innocents, later produced by Ripe Time at the Ohio Theater in NYC. Photo Jenny Levison.
Founded in 1860, Bard is a four-year residential college of the liberal arts and sciences, offering the bachelor of arts degree with concentrations in more than 40 academic programs in four divisions: Arts, Languages and Literature, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and Social Studies. The campus, a fusion of two historic riverfront estates, is located in the Hudson Valley. The natural beauty of region combined with Bard’s state-of-the-art performing arts facilities offers a setting perfectly conducive to artistic exploration. Within this vibrant mix of culture Voice and Vision provides a nurturing professional and personal environment for promising students and artists to develop their work. Days are spent developing respective projects in Bard’s excellent selection of rehearsal facilities, meeting with Voice & Vision’s advisory team, and taking lunch breaks while gazing out at the Hudson River or Adirondack mountains. Evenings entail taking advantage of the campus’s recreational facilities, enjoying the cuisine of our master chef, and mingling with like minded theater artists.