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ODC Theater exists to empower and develop innovative artists. It participates in the creation of new works through commissioning, presenting, mentorship and space access; it develops informed, engaged and committed audiences; and advocates for the performing arts as an essential component to the economic and cultural development of our community. This 170-seat venue is the site of over 150 performances a year involving nearly 1,000 local, regional, national and international artists.

Since 1976, ODC Theater has been the mobilizing force behind countless San Francisco artists and the foothold for national and international touring artists seeking debut in the Bay Area. The Theater, founded by Brenda Way and currently under the direction of Julie Potter, has earned its place as a cultural incubator by dedicating itself to creative change-makers, those leaders who give the Bay Area its unmistakable definition and flair. Nationally known artists Spaulding Gray, Diamanda Galas, Bill T. Jones, Eiko & Koma, Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE, Karole Armitage, Sarah Michelson, Brian Brooks and John Heginbotham are among those whose first San Francisco appearance occurred at ODC Theater.

ODC Theater is located at 3153 17th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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Julie Potter
Director, ODC Theater

Julie Potter is a performance curator, public practice specialist and writer based in San Francisco. As the Director of the ODC Theater, she provides executive and artistic leadership for season programming, public engagement and artist residencies. Potter was previously the Creative Ecosystem Senior Program Manager at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, designing community engagement programs including YBCA:You, at the intersection of art and wellness, and YBCA Fellows, deploying creative practice for social change. She has taught in Stanford University's Arts In Context course. 

Potter completed her MA as part of the inaugural class of Wesleyan University’s Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance. She was a resident artist at the Summer Forum for Inquiry and Exchange, a National Arts Strategies Creative Community Fellow, a consultant for Creative Capital and the first Writer in Residence at ODC Theater. Potter was a Fellow in both the NEA Arts Journalism Institute in Theater at USC Annenberg and in Dance at the American Dance Festival. Prior to moving to San Francisco in 2009, Potter worked at The Juillard School in New York City. (

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