Performance Lab

Performance Lab

Since its founding, On the Boards has hosted various performance series that allow local artists to share new works and works-in-progress. The name of these programs evolved over time — from Choreography, Etc. to Second Sunday Series, to 12 MINUTES MAX, a Performance Exhibition to Open Studio— but the idea remained the same: a series of experimental performances, collectively organized for audience members, and a community of artists who want to participate in the process of creating art.

What began as a dance program has shifted to include theater, music, film, installations, and much more. In the 18/19 Season OtB is relaunching this program and titling it Performance Lab, a quarterly series which will be curated by local artists and Charles Smith, Director of Program Management. Each series will have facilitated artist feedback along with an opportunity for each artist to discuss their performance with the audience. Additionally, the Performance Lab will be presented in both the Merrill Theater and the newly refreshed Studio Theater. 

Upcoming Performance Labs

Sep 20: Performance Lab: In the Round

Application deadline: Aug 22 by 11:59pm
Performance date: Thu, Sep 20, 7pm

The format for our first Performance Lab will be in the round on the Merrill Theater stage! Each artist will perform on a 20’x20’ square performance space surrounded on all four sides by the audience. There will be one general lighting wash with lights up and down; however, each artist will have the ability to set the lighting level and the rate of fading up/down according to their piece. Recorded sound will be limited to one cue.

For submission guidelines and to apply, click here:


Dec 15: Performance Lab

Application deadline: Nov 1 by 11:59 pm
Performance date: Sat, Dec 15, 3pm

More information about applying to this Performance Lab will be announced Fall 2018. 


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Introducing a new quarterly series for experimental works. (Apply by Aug 22 for Sep performance.)