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New Works

Synapse Arts - New Works is one of the company's core programs.

Since 2010 the program's structure has evolved, always supporting independent and underrepresented dance makers to develop their creative and producing skills as they create new dance-based work.

The current cycle of New Works culminated on June 23 & 24, 2023.

Learn more about New Works 2023 artists here: New Works 2023

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About the Program

Synapse Arts invites proposals from choreographers/directors who wish to take part in New Works, a program that supports independent dance-based artists by commissioning them to make original performance pieces.

This Chicago-based program reflects the founding principles of Synapse Arts, connecting artists with one another to share resources and develop their voices through the creation of unique artworks. Since its beginning in 2010, New Works has commissioned 23 original dance-based works.

What Artists Receive

The selected choreographers/directors will receive:

  • A $500 stipend which can be used to pay oneself and/or to pay for costumes, additional rehearsal space, collaborator fees, etc.
  • Free rehearsal space at our Chicago Park District locations (schedules allowing)
  • Mentorship from an outside person selected in collaboration with the artist, who receives a $100 stipend
  • Support from the staff and collaborators of Synapse, including a work-in-progress showing and rehearsal visits, if desired
  • Hands-on experience in performance production
  • A place in a final performance or showing or screening, produced by Synapse Arts with public relations & marketing
  • Professional photos and video of their work in performance

This minimal and flexible structure is intended to organize a process that provides balance and direction without restricting creativity. New Works can be a step in your artistic evolution; we are interested in helping move focused artistry forward.


A recorded information session from a panel of former New Works artists,
including Maria Blanco (of LOUD BODIES), Chris Knowlton, Amanda Ramirez, Megan Rhyme, and Nora Sharp.

Please email to request a transcript of the closed captioning.

of talented stylists