At Base, pressure is low so that artists can take risks. Base encourages hard work, joie de vivre and critical dialogue in order to strengthen the artistic ecology of the Pacific Northwest and beyond.
The signature program at Base is a multi-week residency in which an artist or group can settle in and work on a project. The residency includes a combination of 40-hour and full-access weeks at Base, along with the following:
- Freedom to transform the space with visual and scenic design elements
- Consultation with Base Technical Director, Dave Proscia
- Consultation with Co-directors Dayna Hanson and/or Peggy Piacenza
- Opportunities to share new work with audiences, either informally or formally—from open rehearsals and showings to exhibitions and performances
Base Residencies are currently awarded by invitation. Meet our eight Base Resident Artists, including 2018 Base Resident Artists Jade Solomon Curtis, Babette Pendleton and Petra Zanki. Download a press release announcing our 2018 Base Resident Artists.
Base Subsidy Program
Base awards subsidized studio time to a limited number of Seattle area artists on a rotating basis. Selected artists can rent the space at a subsidized rate of $8/hour for rehearsals, research and creative time. Understanding that most artists can benefit from low rental rates, Base aims to share this opportunity with a broad cross section of artists over time. Priority is given to dance, theater and multidisciplinary artists working in contemporary and experimental forms. The next open call for Base Subsidy Program applications will be announced in spring 2018.
Base Anchor Tenancy
Base hosts anchor tenants each year, each of whom receive blocks of rehearsal time at a subsidized rate. Anchor tenancies are currently awarded by invitation. Base's 2018 Anchor Tenant is Carl Lawrence; past anchor tenants include Kristen Kosmas and Kate Wallich.
Base is available for hourly, daily and weekly rentals to artists seeking space for rehearsal, performance, teaching and/or gathering. Our rental information sheet has details. To rent space hourly, you may check availability on our calendar then contact us with rental inquiries.
Rehearsals: $10/hr for individual artists and small groups
Classes, workshops and creative gatherings: $25-$75/hr; handled on a case-by-case basis by Base staff
Event rentals for artists: $300 and up for a six-hour rental. Includes basic tech support and house manager; additional technical support is available at an additional cost. Performances and events are handled on a case-by-case basis.
Base Independent Productions
Weekly rental program for artists: $1,400 and up. Includes basic tech support and house manager; additional technical support is available at an additional cost. Weekly rentals for performances are handled on a case-by-case basis. Contact Base for more information.
Base offers internships on a rolling basis in areas of marketing, documentation/archiving, technical theater and 12 Minutes Max. We are currently accepting applications for the Base Marketing Intern. Contact us if you have questions about interning at Base.
Help make our performances and events run smoothly and sign up to be on our volunteer roster—you’ll get a free ticket and be part of the vibrant community at Base.
Equipped with a kitchen and bathroom, Base is an ideal space for all kinds of events, including dinners, parties, corporate events, photo/video shoots and more. Contact Base with questions about private events and other rentals.