NW New Works Festival

NW New Works Festival 2018 (Gif)

Now in its 35th year, the NW New Works Festival showcases new and experimental works from a variety of performance disciplines, upholding its mission to showcase tomorrow’s artists today within the Northwest’s creative community.

Curated by a panel of peer artists and arts administrators from across the region, the Festival provides rehearsal time, an honorarium, documentation, and the opportunity to present work at OtB. Past festival artists have included Tim Smith-Stewart/Jeffrey Azevedo, Jessica Jobaris & General Magic, Kim Lusk, Vanessa Goodman/Action at a Distance, Waxie Moon, Markeith Wiley, Syniva Whitney/Gender Tender, and Petra Zanki. 

Application deadline
October 30, 2017
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Performance schedule
June 8–10 & June 15–17, 2018

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Weekend 1 (June 8–10)
Studio Theater
June 8 at 8pm & June 9 – 10 at 5pm

Smitty Buckler
Allie Hankins (Portland, OR)
Susan Lieu
Majinn (Tacoma, WA)
Merrill Theater
June 9 – 10 at 8pm

Kiana Harris
The Horse in Motion
Elby Brosch
Angel Alviar-Langley “Moonyeka”


Weekend 2 (June 15–17)

Studio Theater
June 15 at 8pm & June 16 – 17 at 5pm

Pam Tzeng (Calgary, Alberta) 
Eli Steffen | Corinne Manning 
Malicious Allure
Merrill Theater
June 16 – 17 at 8pm

Alicia Mullikin | MORENA
ilvs strauss 
Fausto Rivera and Cheryl Delostrinos of Au Collective
Rainbow Fletcher/HYPERNOVA


NW New Works Festival 2018 is supported by 4Culture, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

On the Boards’ 17/18 season is supported by the Boeing Company, Garneau-Nicon Family Foundation, Microsoft, The Tulalip Tribe, and ArtsFund. 


2018 NWNW JURY: Nancy Chang, Executive Director, Reel Grrls; Sara Ann Davidson, Operations Manager, OtB; Peter Dee, Artist; Imana Gunawan, Artist/Dancer, OtB Ambassador Writers Corps; HATLO, Theater Artist; Clare Hatlo, Associate Producer, OtB; Mark Meuter, Production Manager, OtB; Eze-Basil Chinwendu Oluo, House Manager, OtB; Beth Raas-Bergquist, Director of Development, OtB; Erica Bower Reich, Patron Relations Specialist, OtB; Roache the Muralist, Artist; Imani Sims, Artist, OtB Ambassador Writers Corps; Charles Smith, Director of Program Management, OtB; Dani Tirrell, 17/18 Season Artist and OtB Program Ambassador; Katie Watkins, Director, Risk/Reward Festival, Portland; Emily Zimmerman, Director, Jacob Lawrence Gallery.

The NWNW Festival is produced by Charles Smith, Director of Program Management. 


Read more about the 2017 NW New Works Festival →


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