Deadline for PLAYA residency applications is September 1, 2018. Applications for residencies that take place during the winter and spring of 2019 must be filed by midnight, September 1, 2018. The application period for these residencies will open approximately April 10, 2018.

All residency sessions begin on a Monday and end on a Friday. Applicants may choose between two-week, four-week, or eight-week sessions with eight-week sessions reserved for international applicants. Questions regarding PLAYA’s residencies, or the application process, can be directed to:


REAPPLICATION: Past residents must submit new and complete applications. Past residents must wait two years from their last application to re-apply to PLAYA. (Example: If your last residency was in Spring 2017 you would be eligible to apply September 1, 2018 for a Spring 2019 residency.)



PLAYA’s residencies are open to scientists, visual artists, writers, performing artists, and individuals engaged in interdisciplinary work or other forms of creative research. PLAYA welcomes a range of applicants – from emerging scientists and artists to those with an established history of accomplishment. However, applicants must exhibit a recent history of focused work within the discipline for which they are applying. In addition, they must address, in the application, their ability to thrive in a remote, isolated community and be self-directed in their work. All residents’ work must be compatible with PLAYA’s available studio spaces, facilities, and resources, and with PLAYA’s rural setting and community (see below).


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. Special consideration will be given to artists who apply with a scientist, and scientists who apply with an artist. Final awards of residencies are at the discretion of PLAYA.

Application Deadlines

Winter/Spring 2019 residency deadline is September 1, 2018. Completed applications and supporting materials must be submitted online at does not accept Residency Applications by email, regular mail, or fax. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

PLAYA observes two rotating application deadlines:

March 1 – for residencies occurring in Summer/Fall (July – December) of that year.

September 1 – for residencies occurring in Winter/Spring (January – June) of the following year.


There are no fees charged for a PLAYA Residency. However, your application must be accompanied by a $35.00 non-refundable processing fee ($70.00 if applying as a collaborative team of two to six/ $140.00 for teams with 6+ members). If accepted, each resident (including each member of a collaborative team) is asked to submit a $110.00 deposit, which is refunded following the completion of a residency and 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.

Session Schedule

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.

Work Sample Requirements

All Disciplines 

Current work is requested. The nature of the work sample submitted should correspond to the nature of the work the applicant proposes 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 which emphasizes this single discipline.

Installation Art

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, sand or other), cutting or removal of plants, and/or using technology that might adversely affect biotic species (or the tranquility of the Playa experience).


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 72dpi. 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: 20 pages of a novel excerpt, a story, or short stories. ~Poetry: 10 pages of poetry. ~Nonfiction: 20 pages of nonfiction. ~Playwriting: one complete play. ~Screen writing: one complete screenplay.

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


Provide three to ten separate works totaling no more than 30 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. Film/video scriptwriters should also send a script.


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 such as new genre or multi- disciplinary, please select the closest category or 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.

47531 Highway 31, Summer Lake, OR 97640 541.943.3983

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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.


PLAYA provides an iMac computer in the Commons building for shared use by residents. The shared computer has limited internet access via satellite connection. Internet access is slow, can be uneven due to cloud cover, and has limited capacity for uploading and downloading data. In addition, data bandwidth available at PLAYA is limited, therefore residents are asked to restrict their internet use to emails and limited creative research. Streaming 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: Both The Lodge at Summer Lake (12 miles north of Playa) and the Library in Paisley (16 miles south of PLAYA) have higher speed wi-fi access.


Cellular reception is sporadic and unreliable at PLAYA. Cell phone reception varies from carrier to carrier, and type of phone can be a factor. 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.

47531 Highway 31, Summer Lake, OR 97640 541.943.3983



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, and the US Postal service make deliveries to PLAYA. Post offices are located in Paisley (16 miles south) and the Summer Lake store (12 miles north).


PLAYA is unable to accommodate residents’ pets. If you require a service animal, please disclose this information in your application so that we may accommodate you appropriately.


PLAYA’s grounds and buildings are smoke free. Smoking in designated areas only is greatly appreciated.


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.