Founded in 2013, PAM is a blue theater in a second floor studio in Highland Park, Los Angeles. Our mission is to provide holistic support for the process of making new, original, long form performances by providing time, space and a forum for critical discourse.
For 4 weeks artists (individuals and collaborations) spend 48+ hours in the studio to build the first 30 minutes of a performance that results in 2 public showings. Prior to these shows residents schedule at least one meeting with another resident for feedback and support.
PAM is a shared space. Residencies overlap and there are rehearsals and classes during the day—therefore sets and installations are kept minimal and easily transportable. PAM is not a white gallery nor a black box theater. PAM is immutably blue; a space that participates in the processes that unfold there. Residencies are free; subsidized by audience donations, studio rentals, and classes.
PAM residencies are for artists whose principal mode of expression is performance and who wish to make a new long form work. Interested in a residency? Participate. Subscribe to our newsletter, come to shows, take classes, ask questions at our critical forums and keep performing. Performers whose practice has been to interpret the work of other artists are also welcome to apply. Preference is given to artists who have lived in LA for a year or more.
Our residency has no formal application process as we do not want to perpetuate the falsehood of predictive meaning-making at the start of the creative process. We value pre-coherence, intuition, the sensible, questions, being lost and finding a way through the woods. PAM seeks to grow and be changed by a diversity of practices.
All shows request a $5-10 donation unless otherwise specified. No one is turned away for lack of funds.
PAM is not wheelchair accessible. It is up a flight of 20 steps and there is a 1″ ledge at the door entering the studio. The restroom does not accommodate a wheelchair.