The Ambassador Project
On the Boards launched the Ambassador Project in August 2013 as an innovative strategy to promote audience and community engagement. In its successful pilot year the team of fifteen Ambassadors created various post-show discussions; social events; dance parties with live music and djs; facilitated workshops with artists; wrote blog posts; created videos featuring OtB artists; curated 12 Minutes Max; hosted an Instagram dance contest; showed visiting artists around our city; created networking opportunities for regional artists during the NW New Works Festival; and shared On the Boards with their friends, families, and communities.
On the Boards Ambassadors are cultural and civic leaders who bring new voices and perspectives to programs; and to share our programs with new communities. Each of these individuals play an active role in shaping dialogue about the art presented at OtB and around trends, concepts, ideas and opportunities arising in the creative community.
Announcing the 2014-2015 Team
Our new cohort of Ambassadors was selected from a pool of 102 applicants by a community panel to represent the diversity of Seattle’s cultural community and to animate conversations across sectors. Their term spans the 2014/2015 season. Each Ambassador receives complimentary tickets to use and share, access to artists and behind-the-scenes opportunities, and an honorarium for their active participation.
2013/2014 Ambassadors Sierra Stinson, Mary Ann Peters, Jameson Fink, Ilaria Ghattas, and Brett Love will serve as alumni advisors to new team. Applications for 2015-2016 will be available in May 2015.
The 2014/2015 Ambassasadors:
Lindsey Rae Gjording
Shin Yu Pai
Poet and Teaching Artist
Daemond is a poet, performer, and teaching artist, he is also a faculty member of Freehold Theatre. Daemond has particiapted in theater residencies through the Engaged Theater program at Monroe Correctional Complex for men and in 2012, taught Seattle University’s first course in Slam Poetry, and in Spring of 2015 will teach Cornish College’s first Spoken Word course.
Erin works in museums as an educator, curator, and audience advocate. Erin graduated from the University of Washington with a Masters in Museology. She recently worked with over a dozen community groups to curate the exhibition Revealing Queer for the Museum of History & Industry. Revealing Queer explored the last forty years of LGBTQ history in the Greater Seattle area.
Theresa was born during a heat wave in southern California on an avocado orchard, she is a farmer - by birth and by right. Whether it is nurturing the nasturtiums on her deck or spearheading an idea written on a napkin come to life - she wants things to grow, thrive and die a peaceful glorious death to make way for even more the following year. Theresa is interested in putting Seattle on the map, artistically.
Playwright / Performance Artist
Rachael Ferguson creates plays and performs in ritual and choreo-poem based theater and happenings. Her writing explores Black American folk tales, happenstance, pop trivia, classic mythology and Ebony/Jet Magazines. Her play, The Oh, My God It's So True Story of Halyberewas produced for the 2007-2008 Creation Project by The Central District Forum for Arts and Ideas, Seattle's Bumbershoot Festival 2008, and The Tank Theater in NYC 2011.
Rachel has performed with Implied Violence and collaborated with the immersive experience group Miko Kuro's Midnight Tea. She is also one of the four women that make up the Locomotive Punk band NighTraiN.
Writer and Filmmaker
Neil Ferron is a writer and filmmaker. He was raised in the suburbs of Mercer Island and has spent most of his adult life in Seattle with a handful of years spent in London, Calcutta, Dublin, and the Bay Area. As a writer, Neil spent the last 7 years making theatre. In 2013, Neil began making films. His short screenplay, The Lembke Boy (an FBI/serial killer romance), won the Great American Short Screenplay Contest held by the The Film School (Seattle.) This fall, Neil will be shooting his first short film thanks to a grant from 4Culture.
Baso is a painter who lives in the Pioneer Square neighborhood of Seattle, working on paintings and murals both sanctioned and unsanctioned. His paintings are inspired by both the city and by nature: anywhere that nature is starting to take back over. Baso grew up in the foothills of the Cascades and spent much of his childhood roaming the woods. His recent focus includes making paintings of animals in a colorful impressionist style.
Web Developer / Musician / Queer Arts Evangelist
Seth is a software developer, musician & event organizer. He enjoys bringing people together to celebrate the arts and has a specific curatorial interest in highlighting queerness as a platform for creativity & dialouge.
Lindsey Rae Gjording
Photographer / Arts writer
Lindsey Rae Gjording went to school for economics but works in video and photography. She also writes for Vanguard Seattle. Her interests include: Balthus, Buddhism, Lee Hazlewood, snap peas, the entire spectrum of blue, a man in a nice suit, and a well preserved 1967 Mustang. What matters to her most is showing up, on time, and ready to be in that moment. For everything and anything.
James Holt is a composer, podcaster, and arts administrator. Born in California and raised in Washington, he went to graduate school in Indiana and lived for several years in New York City before settling back here in Seattle. His music has been performed across the country and internationally. He produces the Switchboard Music Festival and My Ears Are Open podcasts, and is or has been a contributor to SecondInversion.org (through KING-FM in Seattle), Q2music.org (through WQXR in New York City), Sequenza21.com, and Polyphonic.org.
Performer, Teaching Artist, ArtsCorps Education Director
Tina is a performer, and teaching artist connected to wide network that crisscrosses art forms. Since she moved to Seattle in 1990, Tina has cultivated community and communal spaces where collaboration and change can happen. Tina co-founded both the Speakeasy Gallery and Performance Space, and the local arts education non-profit Arts Corps. She has performed in Seattle, New York, London, and Pennsylvania. Tina regularly facilitates workshops on social justice and equity in the arts for the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, Seattle Public Schools, and various local and national conferences.
Brian McGuigan is a writer, performer, and event curator living in Seattle. His writing has appeared in Gawker, Salon, The Rumpus, The Weeklings, and elsewhere. He writes a monthly column on fatherhood for ParentMap Magazine called Daddy Issues. Brian has received grant support from 4Culture, and the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, and was a fellow in the Jack Straw Writers’ Program. In 2010, he was shortlisted for The Stranger’s Genius Award in Literature, and in 2011, he was selected as one of City Arts Magazine’s Power 50 Culture Makers.
Storyteller/blogger/marketing and social media manager
Ijeoma is a mom, marketing manager, fashion and feminism blogger, autism awareness advocate, arts supporter, internet yeller and storyteller. Ileoma has worked with non-profits (Knowledge for People Autism Education) and her essays about social issues have been published by online magazine Jezebel.
Shin Yu Pai
Poet, Photographer, Oral Historian
A 2014 Stranger Genius Nominee in Literature, Shin Yu Pai is the author of AUX ARCS (La Alameda, 2013), Adamantine (White Pine, 2010), Haiku Not Bombs (Booklyn Arts Alliance, 2008), and many others. Shin Yu’s work has been commissioned twice by the Dallas Museum of Art and she is former writer-in-residence and curator of SAM WORD for the Seattle Art Museum. She is a former curator for The Wittliff Collections and has taught creative writing at the Hugo House, Gemini Ink, and the University of Texas at Dallas.
A recipient of awards from Arkansas Arts Council, 4Culture, the City of Seattle’s Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, and the Cambridge Arts Council, Shin Yu has completed residencies at the Ragdale Foundation, Taipei Artist Village, Soul Mountain, and is a three-time fellow of The MacDowell Colony.
Dani Tirrell is a dancer, performer, choreographer and dance educator. Most recently Dani’s work has been seen at the Seattle International Festival of Dance (Seattle), Black Choreographers Festival (San Francisco), Poetry + Motion (Seattle), On the Boards: 12 Minutes Max (Seattle), Global Dance Party (Seattle), Gay City Arts: Up Close Personal and Young Tanz Sommer (Austria).In 2012 he was awarded a grant through The Central District Forum of Arts and Ideas creation Project. Dani is the founder and Artistic Director of Dani Tirrell Dance Theater/Color Lines Dance Ensemble. He currently teaches Modern, House and Vogue throughout the Seattle area.
Multi-disciplinary arts programmer
Chris Weber began his work in the arts curating and creating multi-disciplinary arts events in Denton, Texas and New York City during the 1990’s as part of the Good/Bad Art Collective. Good/Bad recently re-convened when honored with two new commissions last year, one for the Dallas Museum of Art and another for Nasher Sculpture Center’s XChange Project. Weber is currently the Programming Manager at One Reel, a Board Member at Jack Straw Productions, Chief Instigator of Rock Lottery (in Seattle, Brooklyn, and Denton TX) and continues on as a member of Good/Bad Art Collective.
Ro Yoon is a Korean-born second generation American, internationally-raised, sensory-addicted, politically queer, never bored, trans-formed activist fighting for a beloved community that embraces all and nurtures our need to connect and share our stories with one another.
Ambassador Alumni | 2013-2014 OtB Ambassadors
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