Debuting in 2020/21, CAMP deepens Ars Nova’s commitment to early career comedy artists at a time when their support systems in NYC have decreased.

CAMP launches January 2021, and will provide an eclectic group of creators with peer support and artistic feedback as they work on developing new comedic work in weekly meetings facilitated by Co-Program Directors Mahayla Laurence and Matt Gehring. Resident comedy teams, including dance, sketch, or improv collectives, or individuals such as character comedians and storytellers will culminate their CAMP residencies in full-length performances on Ars Nova Supra.



Artists chosen for CAMP residencies will be notified in mid-December.


CAMP supports comedy-based artists embarking on a new project with a developmental residency. 
Ars Nova CAMP residencies provide an eclectic group of comedy creators with peer support and artistic feedback as they work on developing a new comedic work in weekly meetings co-facilitated by Mahayla Laurence and Matt Gehring. The meeting schedule will cycle through three different types of developmental support: in-house sharing days with peer feedback; CAMPfire readings of new material; and industry guest panels. Creators will have the opportunity to receive feedback at each juncture and are expected to attend every meeting. CAMP culminates in an artist-led display of their work-in-progress as public shows on Ars Nova Supra.
We encourage any kind of live comedy creators to apply: dance, sketch or improv collectives, character comedians, storytellers, humorists, you name it. We want people who are breaking, creating, or — of course — adhering beautifully to genres of live comedy. 
Ars Nova recognizes both that it is a predominantly white organization and that historic institutional practices have led to an exclusionary and harmful environment for Black, Indigenous and People of Color. We are actively working to become a more diverse, anti-racist, inclusive organization in all ways, across all our activities. We strongly encourage BIPOC artists, and/or comedians from diverse backgrounds/underrepresented groups to apply. 
CAMP meetings will begin on Tuesday, January 5, 2021, and will continue on all Tuesdays through June (except major holidays). We anticipate holding meetings on Zoom until further notice, but applicants should be close enough to NYC to be able to attend meetings in person once it is safe to do so. 
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  • Mahayla Laurence is an actor and a writer based in Brooklyn, NY. She’s a natural-born empath and loves connecting with people through comedy and storytelling. Mahayla currently writes for the Story Pirates Podcast and SHIZ.

    Mahayla Laurence
    (CAMP Co-Program Director)
  • Matt Gehring is a performer, writer and director of comedy. He’s been on Amazon, Netflix, Comedy Central and has spent years on the UCB stage. Currently, he is collaborating with National Lampoon on his Broadway-Meets-Sketch show, SHIZ.

    Matt Gehring
    (CAMP Co-Program Director)