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.
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.
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
Base Independent Productions
Scalable rental program for artists: The Base Independent Productions (BIP) program is designed to give independent artists and groups the opportunity to perform their work at subsidized, artist-friendly rates. The BIP program is available as a one-night, weekend, weeklong or monthlong performance opportunity, and comes with house management, technical orientation and marketing support. For more information on the BIP program, including rates, visit the BIP page. Our BIP FAQ page also contains useful details on the program.
2019 BIP applications are currently closed. 2019 BIP participants will be notified by December 31, 2018.
Base offers internships on a rolling basis in areas of marketing, documentation/archiving, technical theater and 12 Minutes Max. Apply before Jan. 31, 2019 for a Spring Base Marketing Internship; learn more here.
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.