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.