The Center for the Performing Arts is a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational, arts, and cultural organization.

Our Mission
The mission of the Center for the Performing Arts is to engage and inspire the Central Indiana community through enriching arts experiences.

New Works Project Submissions



Submit materials and information through the application form at


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**There is no fee to apply**


The application is your opportunity to share your creative vision. You will be asked to fill out a form with the following information. All criteria (Parts A, B, C and D) MUST be addressed.



Part A. Complete applicant information 


Part B. Upload a written statement addressing the following topics in no more than three pages. (word, doc, docx & xls files accepted)

  1. Begin with a brief artistic statement that describes your existing creative work, the discipline(s) you identify your work with, and your process.
  2. Share your concept for your new work and how it addresses one or more of the Center’s Core Values (Integrity, Excellence, Innovation, Collaboration and Inclusion).
  3. Identify all known or intended collaborators and additional artists, if any.
  4. Please address how this new work fits artistically, technically and spatially on the Tarkington stage (performance area 35X35). Be specific about your ideas for sound and or musical accompaniment. Indicate the intended length of the new work (work should be 10-20 minutes in length and take no more than 10 minutes to set up/remove from the stage).
  5. Only original or royalty-free music allowed. If copyrighted music is used, all licensing for live and rebroadcast must be obtained by artist.


Part C. Provide video representations of your work through online video link. Items 1 & 2 below required.

  1. Proposed new work: Recording or visual representation of the new work you are interested in developing. Professional-quality video and/or editing is NOT expected (i.e., feel free to set up a camera in the corner of a room, parking lot, field or rehearsal studio and press record).
  2. Existing work: Recording(s) of existing work that demonstrates your work history.


Part D. Additional creative representation

It is important for us to get a clear picture of your ideas for a new work. We understand that your artistic vision has its own, unique way in which it must be shared. Include a minimum of one additional creative representation that best supports/communicates your proposal. Some suggestions are listed below. Please do not limit yourself to these suggestions, but rather be as exploratory as you see fit in sharing your creative vision and process. (jpg, jpeg, png, doc, docx, xls file types accepted as well as online video links)

  • Costume or scenic design sketches
  • Graphic/artistic representation, photographs, or slides of choreographic sketches
  • Music sample
  • Storyboard of your current plans for the work

Submit materials and information through the application form at


If you have questions contact