On the Boards presents contemporary performance work that pushes its audiences' boundaries, provokes discussion, engages new ideas, and connects adventurous art to our community.

We fulfill our mission through a series of programs, which include presenting innovative artists from the Northwest and beyond through a curated season of new commissions and existing work; a lecture and studio visit series that brings curatorial voices to the PNW; and an annual festival of short performance, as well as a quarterly experimental performance series for local practitioners to show in-progress or short time-based works. 

Additionally we provide select local artists with residencies that include rehearsal space, development support, project management, dramaturgical and curatorial feedback, and advocacy in order to create new and exciting projects. Our publishing platform, OntheBoards.tv, is a one-of-a-kind portal that features HD performance films and contextual education material that deepens audiences understanding of the field of contemporary performance.

On the Boards is a leader in the civic and global dialogue around contemporary art and performance. Starting with the 18/19 Season a new lecture series brings curators from around the world to Seattle. While here these arts leaders will each do 5-8 studio visits with artists based in the greater Seattle area and deliver a public lecture about contemporary performance and their own practice. This series provides national and international curators an opportunity to gain greater insight into the work being done in our region while simultaneously fostering connections with voices from outside the Pacific Northwest. 

WINTER : December 6-9 | Lecture Saturday December 8 @ 3:00pm 

Fusebox is an annual art and contemporary performance festival based in Austin, Texas. Created over 14 years ago, the festival has become a city-wide celebration featuring artists from around the world.

Anna Gallagher-Ross is a curator at Fusebox. Most recently, Anna was an editor of aCCeSsions online journal of curatorial studies, curatorial fellow at the Walker Arts Center, curatorial fellow for the Live Arts Bard Biennial We’re Watching (Fisher Center for Performing Arts), and curator of the exhibition and performance Whispers in the Grass: The Living Theatre and The Brig (Hessel Museum of Art). She was Curator and Managing Editor for the arts and literacy program Sister Writes from 2013–2017. Anna holds an MA in Curatorial Studies from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, and an MA in English and BA in Theatre and Performance Studies from the University of Toronto. Anna’s writing and interviews have appeared in C Magazine, the Walker Art Center Reader, Theater Magazine, Written & Spoken, and other places.

Betelhem Makonnen is a curator at Fusebox. She has a background in visual arts curation and programming with independent artist-run spaces and community arts events. She is also a practicing conceptual artist who exhibits work both nationally and internationally at galleries, museums and cultural centers. A native of Ethiopia, she received her undergraduate education from the University of Texas in Austin and the School of Visual Arts of Parque Lage in Rio de Janeiro, and is currently an MFA candidate at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. 

Questions about the studio visit process? Email curatorial@ontheboards.org 

NW New Works Festival 2019

June 6-9 & June 13-16, 2019

Since 1983, the NW New Works Festival (NWNW) has showcased artists from all performance disciplines and celebrated the dynamic arts community of the Pacific Northwest. The festival has featured established artists from a variety of performance disciplines, upholding its goal to create a platform for artists within our region’s creative community.

The 2019 festival will explore the history, geography, and culture of the changing Pacific Northwest and include video screenings, artist talks, and opening and closing celebrations highlighting the festival’s 36-year history. Works featured in the festival are new and/or in-progress multidisciplinary performance works, all under 20 minutes in length. NWNW is selected by a panel of curators and artists from across the region. Festival participants receive an honorarium, performance documentation, and rehearsal time at On the Boards.  

Submission Guidelines:
Works must be newly created or have only been shown as a work-in-progress.

Pieces must be no longer than 20 mins.

You must be able to present the piece on either weekend of the Festival.

You must be available for an in-procees showing on the weekend of April 13-14, 2019.

You must be available for a one day/6 hour technical rehearsal the week you are scheduled to present as well as a dress rehearsal the day before or day of your presentation. (TBD)

**You will be asked to submit a budget for the proposed project. A budget template can be found here if you need to reference one.** 

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