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Performing Diaspora 2022 Residency – Letter of Intent

Uzo Nwankpa, Nkan Eledua, and Byb Chanel Bibene in Performing Diaspora 2021. Photo by Robbie Sweeny

The work of Performing Diaspora artists is not easily categorizable, and the ways in which their work draws on or is rooted in tradition may take many forms. In this current moment we are interested in supporting artists that are drawing on tradition as a radical way to be responsive, inclusive, and support equity. We find ourselves with questions around how tradition can be a tool of anti-capitalism, anti-border control, anti-police violence, anti-homogenization, or anti-erasure. However, we are also interested in exploring beyond the polemic set by the frame of ‘anti.’ Therefore, we are also curious about how tradition is a tool of evolution? How is tradition alive? How does tradition move across space, time, boundaries and borders? This residency seeks to support artists whose work carries the story of a previous life and lands it in this time and space. In a time when record numbers of refugees seek asylum and the erasure of people of color’s experiences and lives is more visible than ever, the stories we carry in our minds and bodies are all the more important. What is your story of change? What is your story of your old meeting this new? Bear these provocations in mind as you compose your responses to the below questions.

Residency culminates in two weekends (six evenings) of double-billed performances in December of 2022 and includes:
➞ $1500 Artist Stipend
➞ $1000 Production Budget
➞ 25% of Box Office
➞ 100 hours of rehearsal space
➞ Production, Marketing, and Tech support

➞ Complete this Letter of Intent form by January 20, 2022
➞ Contact Producing Manager Kimi Harvey- Scott with questions or to request example LOI’s:
➞ Please do NOT submit any additional materials with your application.
➞ Invitations to complete a full proposal will be sent out by February 2022

CounterPulse Co-Production

Not About Race Dance by Gerald Casel. Pictured left to right: Audrey Johnson, Styles Alexander, Karla Quintero, and Cauveri Suresh. Photo by Robbie Sweeny.

Are you interested in Co-Producing with CounterPulse?

The CounterPulse Co-Production program is open to all genres of performing artists, ensembles, companies, collectives, etc. looking to stage completed works as part of our Fall or Spring curated seasons. As a co-producing artist, CounterPulse partners with you by offering access to space, resources, marketing, and production support at subsidized rates to bring your work to stage. This program provides more support than our self-producing program, but less creative and developmental support than our artist residency programs.

Co-producing artists receive 100% of the net income from their ticket sales.

Currently Seeking Applications for: Fall Season 2022 (September-December) and Spring Season 2023 (January-June)

Questions about Co-Producing with CounterPulse as we reopen? Contact

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CounterPulse Board Member

CounterPulse at night. Photo by Scott Fin

CounterPulse is growing our outstanding team of Board of Directors! CounterPulse’s Board of Directors comprise a strong coalition of thinkers, makers and movers in the Bay Area who advocate for art for positive change. As a member of our Board, you become a pivotal part of CounterPulse’s artistic and social community as an ambassador of our steadfast, 30-year organization. CounterPulse’s Board advocates on behalf of our organization and leverages key resources and cross-sector networks in our collaborative advancement strategies. Current Board Members bring their backgrounds in law consultation, urban planning and architecture, software engineering, and non-profit management to the table. We’re looking for additional members to join our Board who are prepared to lead CounterPulse as we take on the extraordinary opportunity to buy our building and make a legacy impact on the city of San Francisco!

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis


Header Photo of Kim Ip/Krimm’s Dance Party in “ceremonious present” by Robbie Sweeny