Instead of simply renting out our space, we would like to offer a different kind of production model — a partnership model — in which our co-producers bring strong creative ideas and a capable production team and ETC supplies a well-equipped, accessible, “artist-ready” space for performances and rehearsals. This includes box office staff, access to our ticketing system, access to technical support, and marketing resources on our website, social media, mailing list, and local advertising.
We are calling it a Co-Production Model.
What does that mean?
- Co-production offers the space at reduced rates and less up-front expenses so that applicants settle up after ticket revenue is received.
- Applicants will retain at least 80% of their box office proceeds. The rest covers Echo’s facility costs, including a two-hour technical consult and facility manager during the show.
- Option to contract with our team: Technical Director Lara Klingeman may be available or can advise on reliable and talented light and sound technicians. Other services like Box Office may also be available.
- Option to use our ticketing system and avoid setting up with a third party.
What makes us a great venue?
Wheelchair accessible facilities
Gender neutral bathrooms
Accessible by major bus lines.
Seating capacity = 156: 60 built-in seats, 96 folding chairs.| Please note: There may be changes due to COVID-19 guidelines.
We will be accepting new proposals June 26 – August 6, 2021. Performances may take place September 25, 2021 – August 28, 2022. Projects may be limited by statewide Covid-19 protocols.
Proposals will be read and considered by our curatorial committee. The committee includes members of the ETC board/staff, as well as the Portland arts community.
Each proposal will be reviewed by the committee for alignment with ETC’s mission and values along with other criteria like strength of vision, marketing plan, etc.
Our mission is to create space for collaboration, empowerment and the joyful celebration of community using movement and ensemble theater traditions, imaginative play, and aerial arts to help people of all abilities discover their potential, encourage perseverance and embrace their humanity.
- Affordability for Artists and their Patrons
ETC will choose a limited number of Co-Producers through an open and competitive application process that will happen several times a year. Interested artists/producers/organizations will submit their ideas and plans, including a budget and marketing plan, to a curatorial committee made up of ETC board members, past Co-Producers, and independent artists from the community. The committee will review and evaluate the proposals in order to make recommendations to ETC’s Director of Operations & Community Engagement on which projects to pursue.
Curatorial Committee will meet 2-3 a year. Anticipated reviews for 2021-22 are August 2021, February 2022, and May 2022. If you know your preferred dates, you are encouraged to apply early.
What makes a good proposal?
- The curatorial committee includes a multitude of viewpoints and tastes, so we are never looking for just one thing. We aim to support artists of many genres, especially those that speak to the inclusiveness and collaborative nature of performance. The main question we ask is: How does this project align with our values?
- Alignment with our mission and values, include (but are not limited to) supporting BIPOC artists/themes, as well as supporting the stories and the work of women, LGBT+ persons, and artists with disabilities. Equity in the arts will be a driving factor.
- Capacity to produce your show – can you put together a budget, raise the funds needed, coordinate your own marketing efforts, and deliver a great show?
- We recognize that everyone has to start somewhere, therefore, a limited number of projects will be selected annually that require deeper mentorship by the Director of Operations & Community Engagement, based on capacity.
Pictured: ETC Pro Lab – photo Phoebus-Foto; Wobby Dance – photo Mako Barmon Photography; Chisao Hata – photo Glisson Imaging; Rose City Rope Queen – Phoebus-Foto; Echo Theater Company – Casey Campbell Photography; Noelle Simone – photo Curvy Girl Photography; Echo Theater Company – Casey Campbell Photography; ETC Pro Lab – photo by Curvy Girl Photography