The Performance AIRspace Residency annually supports three New York City-based performing artists.

Francesca D'Uva, 2022-2023 Performance AIRspace Resident. Image by Maria Baranova.

With support from The Jerome Foundation, a cohort of 3 early career performing artists are annually invited to participate in our Performance AIRspace Residency. Performance AIRspace residents are provided with a monetary commission, premium access to studios and theaters for rehearsals towards the development of a live performance to be presented at Abrons Arts Center.

The application for the 2023-2024 Performance AIRspace Residency is now closed. Learn more about the application process and eligibility below.


Spring 2024 Curatorial Focus

Program Components


Application Timeline

Ogemdi Ude, 2021-2022 Performance AIRspace resident. Image by Maria Baranova.

Jerron Herman, 2021-2022 Performance AIRspace Resident. Image by Maria Baranova.

2022-2023 Performance AIRspace Residents

Francesca D’Uva

Francesca D’Uva is a comedian and composer living in Brooklyn. She performs regularly in New York and her work has been showcased at MoMA PS1, MOCA and Ars Nova. In 2019, Francesca staged her one person musical, “I Love You Forever” at multiple venues, including Dixon Place and Union Hall. Francesca graduated in 2016 from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins with a degree in Computer Music Composition.

Nile Harris

Nile Harris is a performer and director of live works of art. He has done a few things and hopes to do a few more, God willing. Through the Abrons Performance AIRspace Residency, Nile will develop a performance project entitled this house is not a home, an improvised happening that takes place inside of and around a sound-responsive inflatable bounce castle. Using a network of microphones, the work utilizes sonic feedback as a malleable material, mixing the live recorded voices of the performers to create a unique musical composition that cannot be repeated.

Christopher “Unpezverde” Núñez

Christopher “Unpezverde” Núñez is a visually impaired choreographer, exploring the creation, translation and meaning of dance, despite and beyond its visual content. He makes dances connecting the corporeal, emotional, and creative narratives of disabled bodies across live performance, film, and soundscape. He reclaims audio description, a traditional access tool for visually impaired audiences, and reinterprets it to create acoustic dance compositions through speech sounds, phonemes and words to narrate the external and internal state of the dancers, generating a multidimensional experience.


Abrons Arts Center’s Performance AIRspace Residency is made possible with funds from The Jerome Foundation and NYC’s Department of Cultural Affairs.