Special Events Archive

Co-curated by Charles Smith & Matt Aguayo Performance Lab - Uncanny Cabaret

November 4, 2019

December's Performance Lab will be at 8PM.

Matt Aguayo, alternatively known as Angel Baby Kill Kill Kill in Seattle’s thriving drag scene, believes in the myriad possibilities of dynamic gender expression. A graduate of Cornish College of the Arts, Matt’s work seeks to unify both the professional theatrical and nightlife communities through investigating the limits and benefits of each space. Utilizing training in clown, burlesque, and biomechanics, they hope to blur the line between studied performance and irreverent entertainment.

Our 40th Birthday!6-10PM

November 1, 2019

In 1979, On the Boards was born; the love child of a group of artists with a dream for world-class contemporary performance in Seattle.

Over the past four decades, On the Boards has shaped the way our region experiences performance.

We celebrate the artists that launched here; and the audiences that have embraced and supported new art and ideas at On the Boards from 1979 to 2019.

Ten Tiny Dances

October 24 - 26, 2019

Ten Tiny Dances®

What kind of dance can you make on a 4' x 4' stage? 

Ten Tiny Dances® is a demonstration of how confined space becomes a conduit for creativity and innovation. Ten choreographers, artists, and dancemakers take on the challenge of creating live works on one very small stage, a square table set on a black box stage, with the audience surrounding it on all four sides like a boxing ring.

Co-curated by KT Kusmaul & Charles SmithOct 16: Performance Lab: In the Round

October 16, 2019

7PM in the Merrill Wright Theatre

Co-curated by Performance Lab Producer Charles Smith and artist KT Kusmaul.

STG and OtBThe Work of Robert Mapplethorpe: A Community Discussion

October 6, 2019

4:00 PM

This event is free, however RSVP is required. 

Join Sylvia Wolf (Henry Art Gallery, Exec. Director) and Michelle Dunn Marsh (Chief Strategist, Photographic Center Northwest) in discussion about the influential and controversial works of Robert Mapplethorpe. Mapplethorpe's photography explored themes of sexuality, race, identity, nature, classic portraiture and modern art exploration to name a few.

Ahamefule J. Oluo SUSAN: A Work-in-Progress Performance

August 8, 2019August 9, 2019

August 8 & 9 at 7:00 PM

Ahamefule J. Oluo SUSAN: A Work-in-Progress Performance

August 8, 2019August 9, 2019

August 8 & 9 at 7:00 PM

Justin Vivian BondHouse of Whimsy

June 21, 2019

Fri, Jun 21, 8 PM 

An alluring, edgy, and irreverent evening of Seattle’s own queer spirit leaders and cutting edge culture warriors—selected and introduced by Mx Justin Vivian Bond. Established favorites mingle with talented newcomers in a program of variety acts including performances by Mx Bond themself. Featuring Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, Cherdonna Shinatra, Nath Ann Carrera, and Ms. Briq House. 



Justin Vivian BondSummer Solstice Benefit Performance

June 20, 2019

Thurs, Jun 20, 8 PM 

"The greatest cabaret performer of their generation."
–Hilton Als, The New Yorker

Join us on the eve of summer solstice for a benefit cabaret performance with Mx Justin Vivian Bond, featuring songs, banter, razor-sharp social commentary, and real glamour. 

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NW New Works 2019

June 12 - 16, 2019

Welcome to the 36th annual NW New Works Festival! 

Since 1983, the NW New Works Festival (NWNW) has celebrated the dynamic arts community of the Pacific Northwest, showcasing established and emerging artists from a wide range of performance disciplines. Over its 36 years, NW New Works has become a touchstone for some of the most innovative emergent performance in our region.