On the Boards Programs
OtB serves artists and audiences through our three core programs:
The Inter/National Series introduces leading voices from around the world in the contemporary performing arts to Seattle. Through this series we have presented performances by visionary artists like Mariano Pensotti (Argentina), Gob Squad (UK), She She Pop (Germany) and Young Jean Lee (NYC).
The Northwest Series is dedicated to growing the Northwest’s creative community by producing and presenting evening-length works by some of the most talented and experimental artists from our region. With our Performance Production Program, we provide artists with significant commissioning support and resources to develop new work. Together with the NW New Works Festival and 12 Minutes Max, our regional programs feature approximately 250 local and regional companies annually, providing a platform for Northwest artists to gain broader audiences for their work.
OntheBoards.tv, presents HD contemporary performance films of the best international and regional contemporary performance to online audiences around the world. Through this program we are expanding audiences for contemporary performance by breaking down the barriers of geography, cost and schedule. OntheBoards.tv currently has users from every state and 122 countries and hosts 31 performance films. Additionally, we partner with over 25 educational subscribers to share our content with thousands of students including Princeton, Carnegie Mellon, Columbia, Duke and MIT.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
OtB’s Dance Production Program, with seed funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, provides select artists with creative and technical residencies, development support, project management, dramaturgical support, greater feedback and peer networking, and promotional support from OtB staff. Since its launch OtB has supported 11 dance artists though this program. We have learned that codifying, evolving and increasing investment in our current practices can have a significant impact on OtB, the artists we present and the field at large. As a result, this year, we expanded these resources to theater artists, hosting multi-week development residencies for world premiere projects by Annie Dorsen (NYC) and Christian Rizzo (France).
In 2010 we launched OntheBoards.tv, one-of-a-kind initiative presenting HD performance films to online audiences. Films are available for stream, download or mobile viewing. OntheBoards.tv breaks down barriers of geography, time and cost for arts participation; creates opportunities for audiences to develop relationships with artists; establishes new standards for performance documentation; creates new revenue streams for artists; and provides content for higher education. The growth of the program in a short period of time proves that OntheBoards.tv is vital to artists and audiences. However, with several of our OntheBoards.tv grants sun setting in FY13 and FY14 we are actively and aggressively seeking out new program support for FY14 and beyond.