Performance Lab

Performance Lab


Due to the recent COVID-19 health crisis we are suspending ticket sales for A Performance Lab on dxʷdəwʔabš land on April 29. We hope to be able to provide you with more information about programmatic rescheduling very soon. Thank you for your patience as we navigate this challenging time. In the meantime if you have any questions or concerns please contact Director of External Relations, Samie Detzer, at

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. OtB relaunched this program in 2018, and titled it Performance Lab, a quarterly series co-curated by local artists and Charles Smith, Producer of Performance Lab. Each installment includes facilitated artist feedback along with an opportunity for each artist to discuss their performance with the audience. Additionally, Performance Labs are presented in both the Merrill Theater and the newly refreshed Studio Theater. 


19/20 Performance Labs

Oct 16: Performance Lab - In the Round
Co-curated by Performance Lab Producer Charles Smith and artist KT Kusmaul.
7pm in the Merrill Theater

Dec 11: Performance Lab - Uncanny Cabaret
Co-curated with Matt Aguayo
8pm in the Studio Theater

Jan 15: Performance Lab - An Augur: Future Visions 
Co-curated with HATLO
7pm in the Merrill Theater

Apr 29: A Performance Lab on dxʷdəwʔabš land
Co-curated with Dakota Camacho
7pm in the Studio Theater
APPLY HERE (postponed)