In an effort to share resources and engage with the dance and theater community, Big Dance Theater now offers opportunities for free community mentorship, informal arts management development, and access to free rental theater props for professional emerging choreographers and dance producers. 

First come-first served.

OPEN STUDIO
with Annie-B Parson 45m 

An invitation to choreographers, dancers, and directors, from all performance family-trees, stages, ages, and disciplines, to come visit me in a cyber studio (pandemic constraints)  for a virtual tea and conversation around such issues as choreography, ensembles, teaching, career, design, and the field in general. You’ll set the agenda!

OPEN OFFICE
with Sara Pereira da Silva 45m 

An invitation to choreographers, dancers, producers, and administrators who are interested in arts management, early-stage career producers to discuss specific topics or any of the areas below: 

  • Financial management (budgeting)
  • Marketing and communication  (grassroots marketing and digital strategies)
  • Development & fundraising
  • Performing arts production (anything really!)

*Interested parties will set the 45m meeting agenda themselves. 

OPEN SHOP

If you’re an artist, choreographer, or a dance producer in need of specific prop items take a look at our idiosyncratic collection of stuff, aka:  INVENTORY.

If you see something you can use, we will lend it out to you at no cost. 

Due to Covid-19, we have suspended this program temporarily.

We are excited for the opportunity to meet artists and independent producers, and in turn, these open forums serve as community mentorships and connections for informal discussions around dance-making and  arts management development. 

Please email Sara Pereira da Silva at sara.silva@bigdancetheater.org to book an appointment. 

Come meet us! Use our stuff!

Annie-B Parson is a choreographer; she co-founded Big Dance Theater in 1991 with Molly Hickok and Paul Lazar. She has also made dances and stagings for the work of David Byrne, David Bowie, St. Vincent, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Wendy Whelan, Laurie Anderson, Nico Muhly, Jonathan Demme, Salt n Pepa, Esperanza Spalding, Anne Carson, Jonsi, and the Martha Graham Dance Co., among many others.  Her most recent work with David Byrne, American Utopia, will open as a film by Spike Lee in October 2020 and return to Broadway next year.

Sara Pereira da Silva is a Fulbright alumnus with an MA in Arts Management from American University. She was the recipient of an INOVArt grant and has been involved in dance teaching and arts management for more than ten years with experience in Macau, Hong Kong, Lisbon, Washington D.C, and New York City. In February 2018 she joined Big Dance Theater as their Executive Director, where she has produced 4 different productions that toured internationally. Silva is also responsible for Big Dance’s Marketing and Programming.