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Rainin Opportunity Fund


Sharp & Fine†

Sharp & Fine was founded in 2011 in San Francisco by sisters Megan and Shannon Kurashige to facilitate choreographic work that grows out of a shared history of experience in both classical ballet and contemporary dance and a desire to collaborate with artists from different disciplines. “We want to make the phenomenon of live performance a necessity and a pleasure. We seek to connect on an emotional level through dance that is physically rigorous and technically defined. We hope to partake in and inspire new types of collaboration and to change the parameters of what is expected of a dance performance.”

~ODC Theater Performances: Dec. 2017

Kristin Damrow & Company

Kristin Damrow & Company creates and delivers an electric and innovative style of contemporary dance to broad audiences in the San Francisco/Bay Area. Each year, Kristin Damrow & Company produces a showcase performance season by bringing together local dancers, artists, musicians, and other creative minds. This collaborative spirit underlies every story we choreograph and perform. KDC’s community outreach projects seek to inspire dancers of all ages and experience levels to express their creativity through dance while learning about the choreographic process, while helping aspiring dancers cultivate their talent and advance their careers.

~ODC Theater Performance: Jan. 25-27, 2018


Moving to San Francisco in 2000, I free-lanced with many companies before becoming a company member of ODC/Dance in 2003. Many of the works I performed during this time where site specific and in street festivals. By not having a formal curtain barrier between audience and performer these performances formed my understanding of the impact performance has on an audience. †After becoming a seasoned performer with ODC/Dance, especially after performing in the ODC/Theater, I became fascinated by the moments you can feel when the audience’s attention shifts or you hear a sudden intake of breath because you did something moving. Now as a choreographer, I want to exploit these moments with this concert. Beginning with our performance installation in the lobby which then leads into the theater for a peek into intimate duets, and finally landing in the immersive dance experience after intermission, the size and technical capacity of the ODC/Theater is ideal.†

~ODC Theater Performance: TBA


ODC Theater has partnered with the Kenneth Rainin Foundation to create an eponymous opportunity fund at ODC to support self-producing artists through its open access rental program. The Rainin Foundation has made a commitment of $20,000 per year for three years to support the administration of scholarship subsidies to self-producing artists in ODC Theater’s main stage. Up to ten artists will be awarded a scholarship to self-produce/rent ODC’s B. Way Theater from January 1, 2017 – May 1, 2018. Applications will be considered and scored by a panel, and the awarded artists will receive a subsidized rental week in the theater. Subsidy scholarships will cover a minimum of 50% of the production space and labor costs for the artists. Scholarships will be awarded based on artistic merit and need.


Recipients must be San Francisco Bay Area dance artists.
Recipients must self-produce and offer a public performance in ODC Theater’s main space (B. Way Theater) January 1, 2017 – May 1, 2018. ODC Theater is booked by the week Monday-Saturday. A signed MOU will be required within 30 days of notification in order to claim the scholarship and confirm dates. All promotional materials (print and electronic) will be asked to acknowledge the Rainin Opportunity Fund at ODC Theater. All recipients will be required to complete a post-production report and participate in grant reporting, as needed.

Any previous or current Rainin funding received by the applicant directly from the foundation will not be a factor in consideration for this scholarship.

Please direct any questions to ODC Theater Programming and Operations Manager Alona Christman

About Kenneth Rainin Foundation

The Kenneth Rainin Foundation is a private family foundation dedicated to enhancing the†quality of life by championing and sustaining the arts, promoting early childhood literacy, and supporting research to cure chronic disease. The Foundation focuses its efforts on the San Francisco Bay Area and specific medical issues and utilizes its networks, resources and commitment to socially responsible business practices to support innovation, collaboration, and connection.

About ODC Theater

ODC Theater has been located in San Francisco's Mission district for over thirty years. Nationally recognized as a cultural landmark, the Theater’s mission is to empower and develop innovative artists. It aims to participate in the creation of new works through commissioning, presenting, mentorship and space access; to develop informed, engaged and committed audiences; and to advocate for the performing arts as an essential component to the economic and cultural development of our community. Nationally known artists Spalding Gray, Diamanda Galas, Molissa Fenley, Bill T. Jones, Eiko & Koma, Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE, Ban Rarra and Karole Armitage are among those whose first San Francisco appearance occurred at ODC Theater. Today, the Theater is home to a thriving Artist in Residence Program, an acclaimed regional and national presenting program, a mentorship program for emerging professionals, and a subsidized rental program for self-producing artists.

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