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 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 currently under the Creative Direction of Chloë L. Zimberg.
Rent ODC Theater
- Rent ODC Theater
The B.Way Theater is an excellent choice for virtual events, keynote speakers, film or photo shoots, film screenings, off-site meetings, presentations, and livestreams to name a few. Our experienced staff is ready to welcome you into the space and ensure your event goes off without a hitch. We will work with you to find the right package, provide full A/V support, and provide full box office management with customer service.
- Rental Program Discount Initiatives
Information on discounted rentals for the 2024 calendar year will become available in summer 2023.
Discounts for 2023 were selected in fall of 2022 by a panel of five Guest Curators (Eric Garcia, Rosanna Tavarez, Donald Byrd and Audrey Johnson)
- Resident Artist Program: Archive
ODC’s Resident Artist Program is a vital three-year intensive offering four Bay Area contemporary dance and performance artists comprehensive mentoring and unique opportunities to develop both their creative practice and their sustainable capacity as artists and ensembles. The program is currently on pause after the culmination of its most recent cohort in June of 2021. ODC Theater will take 2022 to review the program in dialogue with artistic community to assess the most supportive format for reemergence.
- Podcast - Dance Cast by Sima Belmar: Archive
The podcast that nerds out about dance to learn more about the world.
Season 2: March - August 2022
Producer and host Sima Belmar has been a dance insider for over forty years, and she still has questions. In season two, Dance Cast will search for some answers. Conversations with dance insiders and outsiders will bust binaries (street/stage, traditional/contemporary, theory/practice), explore concepts (virtuosity, abstraction, expression), consider practices (technique, training, transmission), and investigate how dance weaves its way through pop culture, society, and our daily lives.
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The Theater Team
- Meet the Team
Creative Director | Chloë L. Zimberg (she/her)
Chloë L. Zimberg (she/her), is a dancer, producer, curator, and arts program specialist currently leading ODC Theater as Creative Director. Her work centralizes on the strategic development of equitable performing arts platforms and the live arts sector. Zimberg is the Co-Founder of Chlo & Co Dance, which curates and presents Drove, a twice-annual evening of dance performance by West Coast artists, as well as Tabled, an interdisciplinary discussion series highlighting universal issue areas in the national arts ecology. Zimberg is originally from the Puget Sound and holds a BA in Performing Arts and Social Justice from the University of San Francisco with concentration in Dance and minor emphases in Politics and English Literature. firstname.lastname@example.org
Garth Grimball (he/him/his)
ODC Executive Associate Dance Stories Editor
Brian Williamson (he/him)
Theater Venue Manager
Jack Beuttler (he/him)
Director of Production
Charlie Levy (they/he)
Audience Services Coordinator
Luna Sofia Ruíz
ODC Theater Assistant
- 2023 Curatorial Team
Maurya Kerr is a Bay Area-based artist, poet, educator, and the artistic director of tinypistol. Much of her work—across the disciplines of movement, language, and film—is focused on Black and brown people reclaiming their birthright to both wonderment and the quotidian. Maurya was a member of Alonzo King LINES Ballet for twelve years, an ODC artist-in-residence from 2015 to 2018, and holds an MFA in dance from Hollins University. Maurya's poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart prize and appears or is forthcoming in multiple journals, including Magma Poetry, Tupelo Quarterly, and Inverted Syntax, and is anthologized in The Future of Black: Afrofuturism, Black Comics, and Superhero Poetry. Maurya’s work was recently honored as a runner-up in the 2021 Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest, and chosen by Jericho Brown as a runner-up in Southern Humanities Review’s 2021 Auburn Witness Poetry Prize. She was a 2021/22 UC Berkeley ARC (Arts Research Center) Poetry & the Senses Fellow, and her first chapbook, MUTTOLOGY, is forthcoming with Harbor Editions in 2023.
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Leyya Mona Tawil
Leyya Mona Tawil [Lime Rickey International] is an artist working with sound, performance, and hybrid transmissions. Tawil is a Syrian, Palestinian, American engaged in the world as such. Tawil uses voice, transactive choreography, interactive surfaces and electronics to build performances and installations. Her work has been presented throughout the US, Europe and the Arab world. She was nominated for a “Bessies” Award in Music for Lime Rickey International’s “Future Faith,” commissioned by Abrons Arts Center (NYC) and KONE Foundation (Helsinki). Recent exhibitions/performances include Wysing Art Centre/British Council (UK), JAM3A Festival 2021 (Dearborn), FUSEBOX Festival 2022 (Austin), TBA ’22 (Portland) and the Tarek Atoui Residency at Sharjah Art Foundation (UAE). As a curator/producer, Tawil is on the team of Live In America Festival and Southern Exposure Gallery (SF), and was ISSUE Project Room’s 2020 Suzanne Fiol Curatorial Fellow (NYC) for her NOMADIC SIGNALS series which continues into 2022. She is the founding director of Arab.AMP and TAC Temescal Art Center.
Photo by Cameron Kelly
Eric Garcia is equal parts devised theater artist, dance filmmaker, drag queen, and community organizer, with a penchant for queer maximalism. He is the Co-Artistic Director of Detour, a dance-theater company producing immersive and site-specific performances that straddle nostalgia, radical futurism, high theatrics, and connection. Eric hosts the monthly drag cabaret Clutch The Pearls (as Churro Nomi), and proudly serves as Managing Director with Fresh Meat Productions and the SF Transgender Film Festival.
Rosanna Tavarez has a diverse background as a performer/entertainer and has worked with Marina Ambramovic, Ryan Heffington, Travis Payne, Tony Michaels and Rosanna Gamson/Worldwide. Her works have been presented by The Broad Museum, REDCAT, American Dance Festival, Dance Camera West, LA Department of Cultural Affairs, The Odyssey and Breaking Ground Dance Festival among others. She creates work that is emotionally and psychologically demanding, with movement that ranges from feral, ferocious and vulnerable to humorous and joyful.
Donald Byrd a Tony nominated, Bessie award winning choreographer. Currently the Artistic Director of Spectrum Dance Theater. He is prolific, working comfortably in contemporary and classical idioms; has worked with many leading artistic institutions in the U.S. and abroad including The New York Public Theater, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, New York City Opera, The Israeli Opera, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Dutch National Opera, The Lincoln Center Festival, The Kennedy Center, Houston Grand Opera, San Francisco Opera, and Seattle Opera among others.
Photo by Gabriel Bienczycki
Audrey Johnson (she/her) is a queer Black mixed-race movement artist with roots from Detroit and Plymouth Michigan, currently rooting in Oakland, CA. Audrey’s work lives and changes in the realms of embodiment, relationship, magic, plants, and land. Audrey has performed and collaborated with Harge Dance Stories, GERALDCASELDANCE, Biba Bell, kickbal, Stephanie Hewett, among others. Audrey has presented work at FRESH Festival, Sidewalk Arts Festival Detroit, Arab American National Museum via Daring Dances, 2727 California Street, and CounterPulse. She holds a BFA in Dance from Wayne State University and is a co-founding member of Collective Sweat Detroit. www.audreyjohnson.space
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- 2023 Curatorial Team Statement
We began, unknown to one another, with cocktails, seeing work together, sharing hopes and disappointments for the field, curiosity, research, utopian lists, instinct, and much expectancy for what could be.
We found ourselves in solidarity and intrigued by a particular artistic integrity—of the work, the statement, the depth, the person, and the experience. We approached this curation with a desire for justice and transformation, and centered the profound promise that exists beyond white supremacist, patriarchal frames.
Our hope, as guest voices in the 2023 ODC Theater season, is to help usher in some new possibilities for dance—dance that sits and stares back at you, lays claim, folds you into its arms, demands, incites, and gives unabashedly. We found our cohort.
These artists and works accumulate into a statement about expansion and reimagination. Together, this season, we will celebrate the multitude of nows and the futures that dance can embolden us to inhabit. The revolution will be embodied. You’ll see. Join us in the resistance, the rage, the sorrow, and the joy.
Maurya Kerr & Leyya Mona Tawil
- Streaming Digital Encores
ODC Connect is a curated collection of digital content on a customized Video on Demand platform. The original library includes feature dance films; archival works from the Company and ODC Theater artists; behind the scenes documentaries; dance and fitness classes for all ages and abilities; cutting-edge short films from our Youth & Teen programs; unique, family friendly activities; and interviews with artists, instructors and health experts.
Your Connect Pass will help underwrite ODC’s return to a full roster of training, artist support, commissioning and presenting, lectures, workshops and concert dance.
Learn more at odc.dance/connect
ODC is on the ancestral lands of the Ramaytush People in Yelamu. We pay respects to elders past and present, who are still here and part of our community. We recognize that regenerative land management is not new, but is a continuation of practices from Native cultures and from our own ancestors. It is our responsibility to steward the land with care, as our elders did before us.
Photo by Josh Rose, courtesy of 2023 State of Play Artist Marissa Brown.