As one of the leading organizations of our size and focus in the United States, OtB produces unique performance projects by leading artists and creates one-of-a-kind experiences for our audiences. We make significant investments in the performing arts community to help increase the quality of new work created. We contribute to the vitality of arts and culture in our region by helping launch and continue the careers of some of its most promising artists while growing audiences for experimental performance. On the Boards is located in the Behnke Center for Contemporary Performance in Seattle's lower Queen Anne neighborhood.

As an arts organization that is in the process of structural change, On the Boards is implementing policies and practices for our Board of Trustees with inclusive decision-making and power-sharing at various levels of the organization. We see this open call for board members as a part of shaping the organization’s next chapter and is integral to helping us usher in our creative future. 

Our primary activities include an annual performance “season”, featuring new projects by the most innovative performing artists from the Northwest and from around the world; the Artists-in-Residence program, providing select artists with technical residencies, free rehearsal space, development support, project management, dramaturgical feedback, and advocacy; Northwest Artist Programs, and, a first-of-its-kind online platform that features HD contemporary performance films available to global audiences and universities.

We offer a range of resources and events that provide in-depth information and complimentary social experiences to frame the art we present and to create dynamic access for our audiences. Our Studio Suppers and post-show events provide patrons with ample opportunities for socializing, and our creative partnerships with other arts leaders in Seattle nurture a more robust and connected creative community. Online contextual tools such as a curatorial journal, artist interviews, essays , and  reviews enable better understanding and discussion of the work we present while  Q&A sessions  and  masterclasses  provide direct access to artists. 


On the Boards (OtB) mission is to invest in leading contemporary performing artists near and far, and connect them to a diverse range of communities interested in forward-thinking art and ideas.

We believe if we are successful in our work that we can grow our field, enrich peoples' lives, and contribute to civic and global dialogues.

On the Boards acknowledges that we work on land that is the ancestral home of the  Duwamish and many other Indigenous peoples recorded and unrecorded, who have been the custodians of this land since time immemorial. On the Boards is engaging in conversations to deepen our practices in a way that reflects and honors Coast Salish protocol.

We value:

o artistic risks while being fiscally responsible;
o leadership in our field and the multiple communities we serve to strategically advance the role contemporary artists play in society;
o racial and social equity, and accountability across all aspects of the organization
o provocative art as a vehicle to connect people of diverse backgrounds and perspectives;
o our regional creative community as we engage with international artists and peers;
o professional and transparent management.


Expertise We Seek in Future Board Members:

We are seeking individuals who may have these experiences or skills and are committed to:

 · Community Building - adept at authentic connection and coalition building
· Cultural Equity-interested in applying this to all aspects of our work
· Strategic Planning - interested in the planning and implementation of practices that will ensure the growth and security of the organization.
· Creative and future thinking with an understanding of contemporary art and passion for the creative process.
· Growing New Audiences well seated in the technology, of design and other creative communities
· Donor and Fund Development - ties to corporations that may be able to facilitate charitable giving, corporate sponsorship, and/or with experience and drive to help connect OtB to new donors and help steward individual giving.
· Fiduciary Oversight and Financial Management - A CPA, accountant, or banking experience.


The Board's Primary Functions:
We are a governing and fundraising board, though we all wear other volunteer hats. Members participate as committee chairs or members, event helpers, financial advisors, and more. As a member of the board, our main function is to be a primary force guiding the organization to realize its opportunities for service and fulfillment of its mission.

Board members are asked to:
· Challenge the organization to live its values to the fullest.
· Engage with fellow Board members and staff in a spirit of learning and respect.
· Accept fiduciary responsibility for the organization.
· Represent the interests of the organization as a whole, rather than individual interests.
· Oversee the Executive Director and Artistic Director.
· Ensure the organization is in accordance with legal and ethical practices.
· Assist in the development of and approve the annual budget.
· Oversee the organization’s properties and investments.
· Follow trends in the organization’s field.
· Read and understand financial statements.
· Be a bridge into many communities as an ambassador of our organizational work and values

· Attend monthly board meetings (1.5 +/- hours each). May attend in person or Virtually, so geographic proximity is not a requirement. Meetings are usually the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 6 pm.
· Attend OtB presentations/productions on a frequent and regular basis
· Support the organization with a yearly financial contribution via Board dues (currently $1500), personally and/or through other means of obtaining financial donations
· Chair or participate on a committee or other working group. Committees or working groups meet approximately an hour or more each month, depending on the task
· Assist with identifying potential new board members
· Assist in and attend fundraising (and friend-raising) activities
· Champion OtB’s mission

· Board service begins late summer/early fall 2021.
· Board members are elected to a 3-year term and may be renewed for a subsequent 3-year term. We do not have term limits.

Please fill out this application form, and submit it before May 12, 2021 for consideration in the Fall 2021 Board Class.

  • Members of the OtB Nominating Committee (made up of OTB staff, current board members, and a group of community advisors) will select potential candidates for future consideration from the applications submitted based on the criteria outlined above and priority needs on the Board.
  • A phone or Zoom “interview” may be scheduled with candidates selected for further consideration.
  • The Nominating Committee will formally nominate the top candidates for consideration by the full Board.
  • The Board will vote to approve candidates.
  • The candidates will then be formally invited to join the Board.

Do you need further help or assistance? Please email Executive Director Betsey Brock -- and if you'd like to be connected to a current Board Member with your questions, we're glad to do so. You can view a list of current Board Members here.