The Lead Artist Program is a year-long program for artists who wish to have a long-term relationship with SAFEhouse. Lead Artists will work directly with the staff on administrative and organizational tasks while securing an artistic home for the year. This program offers opportunities for professional development as well as a modest stipend based on a percentage of ticket sales. 


We are now accepting applications for on a rolling basis!

Please read through the program description and click the link at the bottom of the page if you are interested.


What is expected of Lead Artists? 

  • 5 hrs per month of volunteer work 
  • Attendance of mandatory quarterly community days (four times a year)
  • Attendance of at least 3 additional Co-op meetings (These are hosted once per month)
  • Quarterly report submissions on the status of volunteer work
  • Quarterly assessment meeting with a staff member


The volunteer work that is required of a Lead Artist may consist of different things that include, but are not limited to those listed below. An artist may be assigned to one specific task for the duration of the year, or they may work on various different tasks throughout the year. 

  • Designing show programs NOT AVAILABLE (Mariana Sobral)
  • Managing social media content NOT AVAILABLE (Esra Coskun)
  • Ticketing/website maintenance NOT AVAILABLE (Kitty Conlon)
  • Community outreach - Calendar listings and neighborhood activation NOT AVAILABLE (Andréa Spearman)
  • Volunteer coordination - Track Volunteer work-exchange artists weekly  
  • Community day leader NOT AVAILABLE (Mariana Sobral)
  • Production assistant - Track tech sheets and meet with Technical Director once a month
  • Operational/Administrative support - Support Operations Manager with in office duties once a week (onsite) NOT AVAILABLE (Rebekah Enderle)
  • Fundraiser Assistant - track donations, organize fundraising receptions, update fundraising collatoral NOT AVAILABLE (Afia Thompson)
  • Special Projects (see staff for suggestions) 


What do Lead Artists receive? 

  • Administrative and organizational support/training
  • Leadership opportunities and guidance 
  • Fundraising opportunities 
  • 1-4 RAW residencies over the course of a year
  • Each residency includes 12 weeks of rehearsal space and two nights of shows with tech support for FREE 
  • A modest annual stipend 
  • Priority consideration for any festivals that SAFEhouse may be producing (West Wave in 2020-21)


How do I become a Lead Artist?

  • Step 1) Fill out an application! Applications are available on a rolling basis. Please take note of all of the dates in the timeline below when considering an application to the Lead Artist Program.  We do our best to post these dates far in advance so that everyone can plan accordingly. 
  • Step 2) Interview. Select applicants will be interviewed in order to determine if the Lead Artist Program is a good fit. Artists accepted into the program will be notified via email one month before the next scheduled Community Day. 


2020 Timeline

Orientation and Community Days are MANDATORY. Must also be able to attend at least 3 Co-op Meetings throughout the year. Midterm Assessment is also MANDATORY, but is to be scheduled at the convenience of each artist and staff member. 



January 25th: Orientation and Co-op Meeting 

February 29th: Community Day 

March 28th: Co-op Meeting 

April 25th: Co-op Meeting 

May 16th: Community Day

June 27th: Co-op Meeting 

July 25th: Co-op Meeting

August 29th: Community Day

Fall 2020:  West Wave Dance Festival

September 26th: Co-op Meeting 

October 24th: Co-op Meeting 

November 21st:  Community Day


2020 Lead Artist Application