History & Mission

Founded by artists in 1978, the mission of On the Boards is to introduce audiences to international innovators in contemporary dance, theater and music while developing and presenting new work by Northwest performing artists.

Since its inception, OtB has become a leading center for the creation and presentation of contemporary performance and has featured breakthrough performances by art stars including Laurie Anderson, Bill T. Jones, The Wooster Group , Dumb Type, Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, Sankai Juku,  Gisèle Vienne, Bruno Beltrão, chelfitsch, Romeo Castellucci, John Jasperse, Jan Fabre, Back to Back Theatre, Faustin Linyekula, Mark Morris, Pat Graney, 33 Fainting Spells, Amy O’Neal & Zeek Keeble, Reggie Watts, Allen Johnson, Zoe Scofield & Juniper Shuey, and Crystal Pite.

Our primary activities are: the Inter/National Series, presenting artists from around the world working in dance, music, theater, and multimedia performance; the Northwest Series, commissioning, producing and presenting evening-length works by artists and companies from our region; OntheBoards.tv, a video-on-demand platform presenting filmic versions of contemporary performance in high-definition formats to online audiences; the NW New Works Festival, an annual 2-week festival of world premiere contemporary performances and works-in-progress by Northwest artists; and 12 Minutes Max, a monthly showcase of short new works and works-in-progress by local artists.

Ambassador Team 4! Read more about them and catch them at a show, Stompy's, 12 Minutes Max and more!

Boulder High School, 1989. It's prom night at OtB's annual gala. Tickets available now...

May 8 - 11 | A Haitian high priest of debauchery and live Kurt Weill’s music come together in a “choreographed opera.”