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2018 WAA Conference: Apply for the Juried Arts Showcase

Friday, February 23, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Rosalind V. Rini Larson
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The annual Western Arts Alliance (WAA) Conference convenes nearly 800 presenters, artists, and agents around the shared goal of programming live performances. The conference features 200 exhibits, 170+ performances, networking, speakers, classes and workshops. WAA's Commons combines exhibit, meeting, and hospitality activities in one compact space. Join the WAA in Las Vegas, Nevada from August 27–30, 2018 for four productive days of artistic exploration, insight, and business.

From established artists to emerging talent, access artists in every discipline to fit your programming needs and budget. Expand your artistic programming expertise and technical knowledge through WAA’s Professional Development courses, in-conference workshops, roundtables, and conversations with peers. Between WAA's Independent and Juried Showcase programs, WAA offers more than 170 performances from a range of disciplines and aesthetics.

Apply to share your or your artists' work with more than 200 presenting organizations based in the West through the WAA Juried Showcase (details below). Introduce a project to a room full of Presenters during our fast-moving Speed Leads, or enjoy great social and professional networking over local cuisine on a Dine-Around. Broaden your range of practical skills to help plan and achieve effective tours during our Professional Development Institute. Performing artists will find opportunities for stimulating discussions about art and ideas with other artists, agents, and presenters.



WAA Juried Showcase

Western Arts Alliance (WAA) uses a peer jury to select artists for the official showcases presented at the annual conference. The jury is composed of five presenters and two agents/managers from a broad range of disciplines and aesthetics. No more than two WAA board members serve on the jury. The jury may select a maximum of eight artists to showcase in 2018.

On Tuesday, August 28, WAA will operate a two hour and thirty minute (2.5 hour) showcase at the Smith Center. Reynolds Hall is the flagship venue at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts. The two thousand seat state-of-the-art theater presents touring Broadway, dance, drama and musical performances. To create a more intimate experience for the showcase, WAA will restrict seating to the front-center areas of the orchestra section.

Each showcase will be fifteen minutes in duration with a five-minute turnover. Therefore, please keep in mind that this is a brief showcase and not a full performance. The showcase production staff will do their best to meet the needs of performers, but may not be able to accommodate all of the requirements in your standard tech rider.

Schedule: Tuesday, August 28, 2018, 6:30–9:00pm (time is subject to change)
Application Fee: $85 (The application fee is not refundable.)
Showcase Fee: $750
*If you are selected for a Juried Showcase, your application fee will be applied to the showcase fee.


To Apply:

Applications and fees must be received at the WAA office by March 15, 2018. The jury will not consider incomplete applications, especially those submitted without supporting artistic evidence. If you have questions regarding the application process please see WAA's Juried Showcase FAQ.

The application package must include the following:

  • Completed online application form. We no longer accept paper/hard copy applications.
  • Artist Statement, maximum 750 characters.
  • Touring Itinerary, including date, location, presenting organization, and presenter contact information. This itinerary does not have to be comprehensive, but should include a minimum of three engagements within the last twelve months.
  • A stage plot and technical rider specific to the proposed Juried Showcase.
  • Current Artist Bio / EPK. Include production photos, brochures, feature articles, and at least one review (in English) published within the last year including the name of publication and date OR a testimonial letter from a presenter that speaks to the artistic quality of the work in performance.
  • One high-resolution digital photo. Upload file as artist’s name_org_name. Include in the application or EPK the name of the artist and piece photographed, and the representing agency and crediting photographer where applicable. 8 MB max, jpeg only.
  • Audio and/or video samples of a live performance featuring current works that you will tour.* Do not submit promotional video and do not include on-screen titles of the artist’s or company’s name. * WAA will accept hard copy DVDs or CDs in lieu of, or in addition to, online samples. Each submission should be labeled with the name of the work, performing artist(s), and date of recording. Mail or express deliver the disks to Western Arts Alliance, Attn: Juried Showcase, 715 SW Morrison Suite 600, Portland, OR 97205.
  • $85 Application Fee

Complete the application form in its entirety and submit all required materials; incomplete applications will not be reviewed by the panel.


Eligibility Requirements:

  • Membership with Western Arts Alliance is not required to apply for a Juried Showcase, however if selected, the artist(s) or their manager must be a current WAA member registered for the WAA Conference by June 1, 2018.
  • Applicants must produce evidence of at least two years touring experience.


Please direct questions to:

Carrie Stephens
715 SW Morrison Street, Suite 600,
Portland, OR
United States 97205-3102

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