Open Studio Application Information

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Open Studio is a flexible format designed to allow artists to test new ideas in front of audiences in OtB’s Studio Theater. The emphasis is on projects in their early stages with few or no technical demands. Open Studio showcases are presented under the work lights and there is a boom box for use that can play CD, laptop, phone, or iPod. Any additional technical needs must be provided and managed by participating artists, be approved by OtB, and take no more than one minute to set up/breakdown.

FALL (Oct–Dec): SEPTEMBER 8, 2017
WINTER (Jan–Feb): NOVEMBER 3, 2017
SPRING (Mar–Apr): JANUARY 12, 2018

What kind of projects qualify?
New/experimental performance in its early stages about 10 mins long that you’d like to test in front of an audience. The program is also flexible so that projects such as an hour long performance installation or a six-hour durational piece are also possible. Questions about how the project you’re imagining could fit in? Email Charles Smith

Project approval is based on:
The point in the process the artist is at
The value or level of experimentation
Few to no technical demands
Date availability

Available showcase dates
Below are dates currently available for Open Studios. They are all Saturdays with the showcases starting around 3:30pm. 

Oct 7, Oct 21, Dec 2, Dec 16

Jan 13, Jan 27, Feb 10, Feb 17, Feb 24

Mar 10, Apr 7, Apr 21

This season, OtB Ambassador Dani Tirrell will be curating one Open Studio with artists whose projects will be developed over the year and will culminate in a showing in the Spring of ‘18.


If you feel your project has passed the early testing point, consider applying for the  NW New Works Festival.

If you’re unsure which program would best suit your project or you have any questions about the programs, please contact Charles Smith, Director of Program Management.