the 7th Annual right here Showcase is on!
featuring: marcela michelle
venue: tek box at the cowles center
Right Here Commissions’ mission is to support and promote the work of Minnesota based, mid-career, performing artists who create original contemporary performance, and introduce new audiences to their work.
RHC’s sole program is the Right Here Showcase.
The Right Here Showcase is an annual juried performance series, each year providing 4 artists a financial commission, with tech, marketing, and administrative support to presenting a 45-60 minute work of contemporary performance. Artists perform on two shared weekends.
The program was founded by Artistic Producer Paul Herwig, a movement theater actor and creator, scenic designer, animation/projection artist, and co-artistic director of Off-Leash Area Contemporary Performance Works, now in its 23rd year in Minneapolis.
Since the program’s founding and under Paul’s leadership, the Right Here Showcase has successfully presented a wide range of multi-disciplinary artists through a public call for proposals and a peer panel review process. Panelists and artists are representative of the diversity of the Twin Cities community.*
The Right Here Commissions Producing Team, creating artists themselves, do not have any curatorial say, stamp, or stake in the commissioned artists’ creation processes or final works. Right Here Commissions’ believes that mid-career, serious, accomplished artists know what they’re doing, and the principal job of the Producing Team is to assist them in realizing their artistic visions, and, with the understanding that the final performances are on shared evenings, to otherwise get out of their way.
NEW THIS YEAR
Leadership: This year’s Right Here Showcase will see a significant change in leadership, with Founding Artistic Producer Paul Herwig being joined by 2022 Right Here Showcase Artistic Producer Marcela Michele. Marcela was the Artistic Director of 20% Theatre company from 2019 until it’s closing in 2022, and an associate producer there before that. While at 20% Marcela worked on many new works showcases including The Naked I, Controlled Burn, Exposition, and Q-Stage: New Works Series, which she continues to produce now as the Artistic Co-Director and Director of Programming for Lightning Rod - a Trans-led arts organism focused on Legacy, Development, and Opportunity for QTGNC artists and activist living here in Minnesota. She has been a panelist for Pillsbury House + Theatre’s Naked Stages, a guest curator for The Minneapolis Burlesque Festival, and has shared contemporary works of her own in Walker Art Center’s Choreographer’s Evening, Guthrie Theatre’s Dowling Studio, Red Eye’s New Works Four Weeks, Queertopia (Bedlam, Intermedia Arts), Q-Stage, in various Cabaret’s at Patrick’s Cabaret, and at Daddy (voted best LGBTQ Nightlife Event - City Pages 2018). Marcela brings with her a studied spherical lens and a transdisciplinary approach that we hope will “firmly placing in the here and now, highlighting local talent specifically, moving towards specificity, the specific contrast between Paul’s broad work and Marcela’s specific work”
Focus: In this the 7th iteration of the Right Here Showcase, the series will focus on experimental theater artists and works. An applicant artist may be principally identified in another performance discipline (as a dancer, visual artist, composer, etc), but the proposed work must be a work of theater. What is Theater? You will tell us by virtue of the work you are proposing. As with past years, the Selection Panel will, through their deliberations and decisions, seek to establish biographical and artistic diversity within the group of artists to be commissioned.
Financial Commission: Thanks to increased funding by our sole granting source, the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, the individual artist’s fee will increase 60% from $1,000 to $1,600 per artist.
26 total artists commissioned in 6 Showcases
Artists by Discipline: 6 dance, 5 theatre, 1 visual, 3 music, 1 puppetry
37% Bipoc Artists
37% LGBTQIA2+ Artists
50% Women Artists
Past years’ panels have heretofore been comprised of Artistic Producer Paul Herwig, and 2 other persons, with one or both of these individuals identifying as BIPOC, LGBTQIA2+, or Female. This year the panel will consist of the Leadership Team of co-producers Marcela Michelle and Paul Herwig.