The Lead Artist Program is a year-long program for returning 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 2020!

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 from February through November of 2020 
  • Attendance of mandatory quarterly community days (See timeline below)
  • Attendance of at least 3 additional Co-op meetings (These are hosted once per month. See timeline below)
  • Quarterly report submissions on the status of volunteer work 
  • Completion of at least 1 RAW residency in the 2020 calendar year 
  • Midterm assessment meeting with a staff member in the summer of 2020 


What do Lead Artists receive? 

  • Administrative and organizational support/training
  • Leadership opportunities and guidance 
  • Fundraising opportunities 
  • 1-4 RAW residencies in the 2020 calendar year
  • Each residency includes 12 weeks of rehearsal space and two nights of shows with tech support for FREE 
  • A modest stipend based on the box office sales of each RAW residency completed 
  • Priority consideration for the Annual West Wave Dance Festival in the Fall 2020 


How do I become a Lead Artist?

  • Step 1) You must have completed a RAW residency or other project with SAFEhouse before you can apply. Haven’t done that? Check out our RAW page for more info! 
  • Step 2) Fill out an application! Applications are available November 1st through December 31st. Please take note of all of the MANDATORY dates in the timeline below when considering an application to the Lead Artist Program. 
  • Step 3) Interview. Select applicants will be interviewed during the first two weeks of January. Artists accepted into the program will be notified by January 15th, 2020. 


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. 


November 1st, 2019: Applications open

December 31st, 2019: Applications close

First two weeks of January 2020: Interviews 

January 15th: Notification of Acceptance

January 25th: Orientation and Co-op Meeting 

February 29th: Community Day 

March 28th: Co-op Meeting 

April 25th: Co-op Meeting 

May 23rd: 2020-Community Day

Summer 2020: Schedule one-on-one Midterm Assessment with a SAFEhouse staff member 

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