The 16/17 Ambassador Project

On the Boards Ambassadors are cultural and civic leaders who bring new voices and perspectives to programs; and share our programs with new communities. The Ambassador Project at OtB is now in its fourth season.

This season the project divides into two areas of focus:

Program Ambassadors, who will work closely with OtB staff on Open Studio, the NW New Works Festival, music events, and other public presentations; and The Ambassador Writers Corps, experienced writers and artists who develop responsive and critical content around On the Boards performances or write about specific issues in our creative and civic community. Each will write an in-depth profile on a local artist performing in the 16/17 Season at OtB. We are thrilled to spotlight and learn from different voices in our community, as well as advance the cause of in-depth arts critcism and response.

Read reviews, previews, observations and more from our 16/17 Ambassador Writers Corps.

Ambassadors Portraits by 15/16 Ambassador Tessa Hulls

James Holt | composer, podcaster, and arts administrator.
Dani Tirrell | dancer, performer, choreographer and dance educator

Daemond Arrindell | poet, performer, activist, and teaching artist.
Elissa Favero | art historian, educator, arts writer
Koushik Ghosh | economist and philosopher
Imana Gunawan | journalist, choreographer, dancer, social media manager
Michelle Penaloza | poet and teacher
NKO Rey | artist, explorer, thru hiker
Imani Sims | writer, activist, and poet
Natalie Singer-Velush | editor, journalist, poet, teacher
Petra Zanki | dance and performance maker, choreographer, teaching artist, editor

For more information on The Ambassador Project, please contact
Betsey Brock, Executive Director |


Ambassador Alumni
15/16 OtB Ambassadors
14/15 OtB Ambassadors
13/14 OtB Ambassadors



The Ambassador Project is graciously sponsored by

May 15, 6 PM: An exclusive shopping event hosted by Totokaelo Seattle. Accompanying a projection of Ligia Lewis's performances, the night's soundtrack will be provided by KEXP DJ Tim Betterley.

On the Boards presents its 36th NW New Works Festival June 12-16, 2019. This year the festival highlights works exploring and responding to the myriad upheavals currently affecting the PNW. GET TICKETS

Two special benefit performances with legendary trans-genre artist Mx Justin Vivian Bond: Summer Solstice Benefit Cabaret (Jun 20) and House of Whimsy (Jun 21)