Artists need space to experiment—and cities need thriving arts communities. An artist-run organization, Base is accessible through a range of programs, all designed to encourage artists to take creative risks.

Base Residency

Our newly expanded signature program, the Base Residency is a three-week, immersive experience with full-time access to the space and a range of other benefits. Meet our 2019/2020 Base Resident Artists here.

Since 2016, the Base Residency Program has provided the gift of creative time and space to eight different Seattle-based individual artists. Visit the Base Residency page for details, FAQ and information on how to apply.


A scalable rental program for artists, the Base Independent program is designed to give independent artists and groups the opportunity to perform their work at subsidized, artist-friendly rates. The Base Independent 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 Base Independent program, including rates, visit the Base Independent page. Our Base Independent FAQ page also contains useful details on the program.

Base Independent applications will be accepted until Aug. 31, 2019 for dates in the 2019/2020 season.

Download our rental information sheet, lighting inventory, sound inventory or ground plan with rep plot.


The Base Occasional is a periodic platform for new work in contemporary dance. Presented in Sept. 2017, the Base Occasional No. 1 featured short works by Dayna Hanson, Heather Kravas, Peggy Piacenza and Maureen Whiting; the Base Occasional No. 2, presented in Nov. 2018, featured Paul Lazar of Big Dance Theater in his solo work, Cage Shuffle. Get tickets for the Base Occasional No. 3,Morgan Thorson’s Still Life, co-presented with On the Boards at Base Aug. 1 - 4, 2019. Learn more here.

12 Minutes

Originated by On the Boards in the early 1980s, 12 Minutes Max is a low-tech performance showcase presented at Base three times a year. Open by audition to dance, music, theater and multidisciplinary artists at all career stages; learn more on our 12 Minutes Max page.


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.

Download our rental information sheet, lighting inventory, sound inventory or ground plan with rep plot.


Apply to be Base’s Fall Marketing Intern; deadline Aug. 31, 2019. Base offers internships on a rolling basis in areas of marketing, documentation/archiving, technical theater and 12 Minutes Max. Get in touch to learn more.


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 a flexible space for all kinds of events, including meetings, wedding receptions, dinners, parties, photo/video shoots and more. Contact Base with questions about private events and other rentals.

Private Events