2018/19 will be Links Hall’s 40th anniversary season, and we will be taking a curatorial break to offer a season free to self producing artist.

We apologies for the gap year but we hope you will join us in celebrating 40 years of ground breaking performance experiments, and we look forward to diving into your exciting curatorial ideas in the fall of 2018.


At Links Hall a Curator is not someone who simply chooses artists or performances to be included in our season, Curators are people who truly care for the artists that they partner with and the work those artists are making. They care for the audiences that they invite into the space, and they care that that there ARE audiences in the space. They care for the production crew and staff that make all the magic happen. Curating live work is about sculpting live experiences, and in that sense curators at Links Hall are artist themselves creating interacting performances between artists and audiences. These acts of creation are hard work, and we are grateful for the people in our community who take that work on.

The Links Hall Curatorial Residency (Artistic Associates) program was founded in the Spring of 2005 when three associates were selected to each curate a series of performances in the Links Hall studio. This experiment launched Links Hall’s Curatorial Residency which seeks to enhance the quality of performance programming in Chicago,create professional development opportunities for Chicago’s artistic producers, generate new presentation opportunities for performance in Chicago, and provide much needed financial support to the city’s self producing performance community.

Links Hall’s CoMISSION Curatorial Residencies are awarded annually by a panel selected by Links Hall’s Programming Co-Chairs Cheryl Lynn Bruce, Julia Mayer and Links Hall’s staff, each selected project is given a stipend to produce their programming at Links Hall and each program is give the full support of Links Hall’s administration, marketing and production staff.

2018

Eclipsing Festival, Curated by Amina Ross

A-Square Asian American Performing Arts Festival, Curated by Hope Kim, Cary Shoda, and Giau Truong

2017

A-Square Asian American Performing Arts Festival, Curated by Hope Kim, Cary Shoda, and Giau Truong

Poets Theater Festival, Curated by Patrick Durgin & Devin King.

Beyond the Box, Curated by Rika Lin.

2016

aMID, Michelle Kranicke

Tea Project, Amber Ginsburg & Aaron Hughes

I Shout to Keep My Devils at Bay, Kantara Souffrant

2015

Physical Festival, Alice Da Cunha and Mark Frost

Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival,

Live to Tape, Jesse Malmed

2014

Physical Festival,

Extinct Entities, Curated by Erin Nixon, Anthony Romero, and Anthony Stepter

2010

collision_theory, Curated by Rachel Damon & Dan Mohr

Banners & Cranks, Curated by David Buchen

DIRT, Curated by Deke Weaver

2013

Standing Heat, Curated by Holly Hughes

Braiding Rivers, Curated by Emma Draves

2012

Arte no es fácil, Curated by Dan Paz and Marilyn Volkman

The Wrecking Project, Curated by Julie Mayo and Kate Corby

Generation Bitch, Curated by April Sellers

The Purple State, Curated by Erin Carlisle Norton

2011

DIALogues, Curated by Dexter Bullard

The Encyclopedia Show, Curated by Robbie Q. Telfer

Calisthenics for Shrapnel, Curated by Marty McConnell

To Art and Profit, Curated by Abra M. Johnson & Meida Teresa McNeal

2009

Studies N Black, Curated by Barak Adé Soleil

Memory as Innovation Curated by Amina Cain and Jen Karmin

Treasure Hunt, Curated by Angeline Gragasin

2008

Method to Madness, Curated by Kate Sheehy

Choreographing Coalitions

Returning from One Place to Another: a Poets Theater Showcase, Curated by John Beer

2007

Off the Map and into the Murk, Spelunking into Puppetry, Curated by Barbara Whitney

OPENPORT

Tramp, Minneapolis Dance

2006

Puppetry, Curated by J. Friedrich

Incomplete Map

Butoh, Curated by Nicole Legette

2005

Infinitesimals

Puppetry, Curated by S. Utchenik

Dance