OtB endorses YES on King County Prop 1 Jul 18, 2017

by Betsey Brock


On the Boards is supporting Prop 1 because Access for All will open doors to art and culture, creating new opportunities for all King County residents.

This past spring, On the Boards staff and board members repeatedly joined arts and culture colleagues, filling King County Council chambers to testify and show support for this important ballot measure that could bring nearly $70 million a year into King County arts, science and heritage organizations with only a 0.1% sales tax increase.

While it's obvious that our county is flourishing economically, arts organizations are not yet benefitting from that growth in a way that allows us to grow programs and expand engagement commensurately; not all residents have the means to benefit from our rich and diverse cultural opportunities. Prop 1 will change...

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Summer hours at OtB! Jun 27, 2017

a surfing dog

The box office is currently closed for the summer and will reopen in August. Most subscriptions can be purchased online, but if you have a question or would like to purchase a subscription over the phone, please call the main office at 206-217-9886. 

The administrative offices will also be closed July 3 - 7 for a short break. Have a great Fourth of July holiday! 

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OtB announces Betsey Brock as Executive Director Jun 23, 2017

Betsey Brock, Executive Director at On the Boards

Betsey Brock. Photo: Chase Jarvis


We are happy to announce that Betsey Brock has been appointed Executive Director of On the Boards. Brock will work to galvanize board, staff, and community support leading into On the Boards’ 40th Anniversary Year. She will continue to lead On the Boards fundraising, marketing, communication, and community-building efforts. 

Betsey has a long history of engagement with Seattle’s arts and culture community, especially in adventurous contemporary arts and culture. Most recently, as On the Boards Director of External Affairs, Brock has regularly exceeded the organization’s goals for fundraising events, and shaped communications, marketing, and fundraising for On the Boards. Alongside her co-leader and colleague, Jessica Schroeder, On the...

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NW New Works 2017: Linda Austin Dance Jun 15, 2017

by jayme

NW New Works 2017: Linda Austin Dance

This weekend in the final Studio Theater Showcase for NW New Works 2017:

Sandbags, headphones, a moveable stair unit, and five dancers who channel and splice shards of movement and text in a performative interrogation of the borders of the self. The third chapter in a body of work titled (Un)Made, the full-length version of 'a world, a world', premiering in 2018, features an environment saturated with image and language that will gradually empty out, transformed  into a spacious and meditative landscape.

Linda Austin, director of Performance Works NW in Portland, Oregon, deploys movement, sound, objects, text, and visuals to create non-linear, poetic works laced with an eccentric wit, teetering on the edge between the immediately apprehensible and resolutely mysterious....

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NW New Works 2017: Mother Tongue Jun 15, 2017

by jayme

NW New Works 2017: Mother Tongue

Moving through strange worlds an alien and a believer seek refuge, an artifact, and understanding. Join us for <sic> by Mother Tongue, part of the NW New Works Studio Theater Showcase this Friday, June 16 through Sunday, June 17! 


Mother Tongue is a two-headed post-disciplinary art-making machine created in 2015 by Katherine Cohen and Angelina Baldoz. Together their curiosity, rigor in experimentation, and plenty of coffee fuel the process of developing bold new works that speak to the nature of existence in our world. Mother Tongue was born of a desire to slough off old patterns and tap into the root of collaborative art making through the body as a whole. Biting off more than they can chew is an imperative. What manifests runs the gamut of disciplines and their...

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NW New Works 2017: Julie Hammond Jun 14, 2017

by jayme

NW New Works 2017: Julie Hammond

Môj Gidget by writer/director Julie Hammond is centered on a California-born Jew who travels to a landlocked country to learn to surf. Featuring pop music, dentistry, and a family story that can’t be told, come see it June 16-18 in the Studio Theater Showcase in the final weekend of NW New Works!

Môj Gidget was created in collaboration with the performers (Julie Hammond, Nicola Rough, Amanda Sumand) and designers (Matthew Ariaratnam, Robert Leveroos, Kyla Gardiner, Caroline Liffmann, Natalie Purschwitz) with Annie Therrien Boulos, Eddy Van Wyk, Montserrat Videla, and Dominique Jenkins. Môj Gidget is part of an evening-length performance, Other Inland Empires, which will premiere in Vancouver, BC, October 5-7, 2017.


Julie Hammond is an interdisciplinary...

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NW New Works 2017: Ella Mahler Jun 13, 2017

by jayme

NWNW 2017: Ella Mahler

In the NWNW Studio Showcase this weekend (June 16-18), Really, it’s this. by choreographer Ella Mahler presents two dancers who sort through any and all strategies in their search for “this” – an ever-changing, perhaps never-arriving solution or answer.

Really, it's this. is the final installment of a 3-piece series; the first two works include:

- this and this too – a duet commissioned by Relay Dance Collective which premiered at Velocity Dance Center in April 2016. The work has since received a 2016 “DanceCrush” award by SeattleDances, and has also been reset and performed by Bellingham Repertory Dance in 2017.

- It can also be this – a dance film that had its premiere in Velocity Dance Center’s Next Dance Cinema festival at the Northwest Film Forum and received a 2016 Audience Choice Award.



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NW New Works 2017: Syniva Whitney/Gender Tender Jun 12, 2017

by jayme

NWNW 2017: Syniva Whitney/Gender Tender

Architectural drag. House-flipping dance. A shapeshifting crew transforms the space. Join us this weekend in the Mainstage Showcase of NW New Works (June 17-18) for The Renovation by Syniva Whitney/Gender Tender — a queering of the past and future of On the Boards as well as the developing landscape of Seattle. 


Syniva Whitney creates performances that live in the territory where dance, acting, sound and visual art connect/disconnect. Syniva makes things that grow from approaching binary systems as ridiculous and generate experiences rooted in shifting perspectives inspired by their non-binary gender and queer blackness. Gender Tender is the name of their performance project. 

They have shown work in Seattle at Velocity Dance Center, On the...

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