A group of stage actors who are diverse in every way perform a play hosted at a Mills Performing Arts venue in Oakland, California.

Mills Performing Artist-in-Residence Program

The Mills Performing Artist-in-Residence (Mills PAIR) Program is designed to promote action and exchange in the performing arts. We provide space and performance opportunities to artists whose work aligns with the values of the Mills community and represents the abundant cultural, racial, gender, and economic diversity of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Through Mills PAIR we invite artists to bring their creative practice into our performing spaces to provide new, exciting opportunities for the development of their work. The residencies are designed to invite Mills College students, faculty, and staff, along with the wider Bay Area arts community, to learn and work with resident artists through workshops, open rehearsals, and showings. Performing arts residencies culminate in one or more public showings intended to spark curiosity, activism, passion, and debate.

Learn more about our past Mills Performing Artist in Residence:

Apply for a 2020 Mills Performing Artist Residency

If you are interested in being considered for a Mills Performing Artist Residency please send a Letter of Interest (LOI) to performing-arts@mills.edu with the subject line “Mills PAIR LOI.” The letter must include:

  • a description of the proposed project;
  • a statement of how this work will align with the values of Mills College;
  • the name of the Mills faculty member who is nominating you (if applicable).

Separately, please attach:

  • an estimated budget for the project;
  • a list of project funders (pending and secured);
  • a resume and biography;
  • links to two work samples (five minutes or less).

LOIs for the Mills PAIR Program in the 2020 calendar year will be accepted until 6:00 pm PDT on October 31, 2019.

Applications will be reviewed by a select committee of Mills College faculty and staff members.

Contact Us

Mills Performing Arts
5000 MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94613
P: 510.430.2191
E: performing-arts@mills.edu