2022 Rentals Discount Initiative

In 2022, 19 weeks will be discounted 50% or 100% off for artistic activity through ODC Theater's rental program. The initiative is intended to support individual artists and organizations as the field continues to re-emerge from the effects of COVID-19. Black, Native/Indigenous, People of Color, women, individuals with disabilities, and LGBTQIA2S+ persons are strongly encouraged to apply. Performing artists of varying disciplines and styles are encouraged to apply.

A week in the Theater costs $5,500. 10 weeks will be discounted at 100% off and 9 weeks will be discounted at 50% off. Up to 5 weeks will be made available for projects that will not culminate in a public event in order to support artists at early stages of project development, or those who wish to build a residency format. At least 14 weeks will be allocated for publicly ticketed events. Selected artists will be responsible for covering equipment, labor, and/or box office setup costs. Artists will collect box office revenue for any publicly ticketed event.

A panel of 5 guest curators will review the applications and curate a roster of selected projects, from which ODC will make final decisions based on project scope and feasibility within the venue's capacities.

Guest Curators

  • Alleluia Panis

    Alleluia Panis has been a director & choreographer for over four decades. She is the founder of KULARTS, the nation's premiere presenter of contemporary and tribal Pilipino arts. She is a respected elder artist in the US and the Philippines and is at home in both Philippine indigenous dance and American contemporary forms. Her immersive multidisciplinary work explores legacies of colonialism, immigration, and forced displacements. A 2017 SFAC Legacy Artist awardee, she is the recipient of Hewlett 50 Commissions, Rainin Foundation Open Space grant, and Gerbode Foundation Special Arts Award. Her dance film, She, Who Can See premiered at the 2018 CAAM Fest and is currently playing at YBCA. Asian Art Museum has commissioned her 2022-24 Anting Anting dance project. kularts-sf.org

    Photo by Joe Ramos

  • Farah Yasmeen Shaikh

    Farah Yasmeen Shaikh is an interantionally acclaimed Kathak performer, choreographer, and instructor, and Founder & Artistic Director of Noorani Dance, with two decades of training from the late Pandit Chitresh Das. Farah performs her own traditional and innovate works, most notably, The Forgotten Empress and The Partition Project. A TEDx speaker and host of the podcast, Heartistry Talk Show, Farah has received support and recognition for unique projects and collaborative endeavors. In addition to training students of Noorani Dance, Farah's teaching experience includes ODC School and Alonzo King LINES Ballet in San Francisco, India Community Center in the Silicon Vallety, and various academic and arts institutions throughout the U.S. Since 2015, Farah has been performing and teaching throughout Pakistan, engaging in meaningful exhanges with artists, organizations, students, and art-lovers. nooranidance.com

    Photo by Ammar Zaidi

  • Marlene Garcia

    Marlene Garcia received a BA in dance with an emphasis in choreography from San Francisco State University. Both as a performer and creator, her work fuses contemporary and breaking: mixing textures and technique to athletically captivating experiences. She was awarded winning choreographer in The International Dance Festival Competition, 2018. She's performed with Kristin Damrow & Company and Alyssandra Katherine Dance. Her choreographic work has been presented at ODC Theater, Root Division Art Gallery, Joe Goode Annex, LevySalon, Dancing in The Park SF and San Francisco Movement Arts Festival. makedanceart.com

    Photo by Jardy Santiago

  • Dazaun Soleyn

    Dazaun Soleyn, artistic director of dazaun.dance, has been presenting work in the Bay since the Fall for 2014. Currently, he is an Adjunct Professor at the University of San Francisco, a Gyrotonic Trainer, Level 2 Reiki Practitioner, and Energy Worker. He is also a candidate for a Master's in Architecture Degree at California College of the arts. dazaunsoleyn.org

    Photo by Alexeya EM

  • Leyya Mona Tawil

    Leyya Mona Tawil [Lime Rickey International] is an artist working with sound, performance, and hybrid transmissions. Her 25-year record of performances have been presented throughout the US, Europe, Russia, and the Arab world. She is the director of DANCE ELIXIR / TAC Temescal Art Center/Arab.AMP in Oakland, Ca. DANCE ELIXIR, Arab.AMP

    Photo by Cameron Kelly


With any questions or if you need an alternative method of submission or require resources or support to complete the application, please contact Nick Wagner: nick@odc.dance or (415) 549-8509.

Applications are due: September 3, 2021 12:00 - midnight PT
Notifications will take place the first week of: October, 2021

Join an informal Zoom info session about the program on Monday, August 30 at 11am PT. Please email nick@odc.dance to RSVP to attend.

Learn more about ODC Theater Rentals:


Ready to apply? View the application and fill it out here.


How many weeks can I apply for? How many weeks will be awarded to each project/applicant?
Out of the 19 weeks available through the initiative, applicants are eligible to apply for 1-3 weeks of discounted activity. Applicants are asked in the application to identify how many weeks their project would ideally encompass. The number of weeks awarded per project will be allocated depending on the roster of project needs. No single project/applicant will be awarded more than 3 weeks of discounted activity.

To apply, does my project have to culminate in a performance and/or event?
No, a performance or public event is not required to apply through this initiative. There will be up to 5 weeks dedicated to supporting rehearsal, development, technical or rehearsal residency, and/or formats that do not include a publicly ticketed event. At least 14 weeks will be dedicated to performances or publicly ticketed events.

How do I reserve specific dates for my project?
2022 scheduling will occur after all selected artists are notified and prior to contracting. In your application, we'd love to hear your preferences for timing. Applicant’s preferred and/or requisite timing for projects will be considered in the review process.

When is the application due?
The application is due on September 1st.

Performance and Event Rentals

  • Performance Rentals

    ODC Theater is proud to support local and touring artists. Performance rentals are available for full weeks (Tuesday-Sunday) or single days. In alignment with current health and safety guidelines, performances at ODC Theater will be offered with options for live audience, broadcasting, and hybrid models. Our experienced staff will work with you and your team to help bring your artistic vision to life from planning to closing night. We also offer technical support by ODC house technicians and full box office set up and management, including customer service for your patrons. After your performances or broadcasts, you will receive a full patron list with contact information to support building your audience base.

    Learn More:

    To inquire about dates or for additional information, book a meeting at a time most convenient for you with our Operations Manager, Nick Wagner, by clicking here, by emailing nick@odc.dance, or calling (415) 549-8509.

  • Event Rentals

    The B.Way Theater is an excellent choice for virtual events, keynote speakers, film or photo shoots, film screenings, off-site meetings, presentations, and livestreams to name a few. Our experienced staff is ready to welcome you into the space and ensure your event goes off without a hitch. We will work with you to find the right package, provide full A/V support, and provide full box office management with customer service. ODC Theater is also committed to providing the resources and expertise for full COVID-19 compliance in alignment with CDC and SFDPH guidelines.

    Hosting your event at ODC Theater is as easy as four steps:

    • Contact us to inquire about dates and find the package that works for you.
    • Meet with ODC Theater staff to plan your event.
    • Flawless event execution.
    • Receive a full ticketing and CRM report after your event.

    Learn More:

    To inquire about dates or for additional information, book a meeting at a time most convenient for you with our Operations Manager, Nick Wagner, by clicking here, by emailing nick@odc.dance, or calling (415) 549-8509.

  • Single Day Artist Film Rate

    ODC Theater is offering a special rate for artists wishing to rent B.Way Theater to record their next project through the end of 2021. With a 33% discount on the license and space fee, we are offering a single day for $1,800 plus staff. This rate is only applicable for film shoots that will not have a planned performance or broadcast at ODC Theater.


    • Individual artists
    • Organizations with an operating budget of $10k or less
    • Organizations with a pre-COVID operating budget of $25k or less that saw at least a 35% decrease due to COVID are eligible for this rate.



    • September 13, 27
    • October 11, 18, 25
    • November 8, 15, 22-24, 27-29
    • December 20-23, 26-30


    To inquire about dates or for additional information, book a meeting at a time most convenient for you with our Operations Manager, Nick Wagner, by clicking here, by emailing nick@odc.dance, or calling (415) 549-8509.


B.Way Theater

Located in the heart of San Francisco’s vibrant Mission District, ODC Theater is an innovative venue ready to suit your live and digital needs. The B.Way Theater exists to empower and develop innovative artists. It participates in the creation of new works through commissioning, presenting, mentorship and space access; it develops informed, engaged and committed audiences; and advocates for the performing arts as an essential component to the economic and cultural development of our community. This 170-seat venue is the site of over 150 performances a year involving nearly 1,000 local, regional, national and international artists. The B.Way Theater is a flexible venue able to accommodate your dance/theater/musical production, broadcast, keynote speakers, film or photo shoot, and more.

To learn more about producing your performance or event in the B.Way Theater, please contact nick@odc.dance or schedule an intake call at a time most convenient for you by clicking here.

Tech Specs:

  • 1,600 square feet space with a 42’ x 30’ stage area
  • Meyer sound system
  • 12k HD Projector
  • Art gallery located in lobby
  • Green room for 12 including a washer/dryer
  • Additional studio spaces available
  • Baby grand piano

ODC Theater Full Technical Specifications
For additional technical information, please contact the Director of Production jack@odc.dance.