• embodiment • connection • reflection • transmission • inquiry • mindfulness • 

Julie Potter is a performance curator, public practice specialist and writer based in San Francisco. As the Director of the ODC Theater, she provides executive and artistic leadership for season programming, public engagement and artist residencies. Potter was previously the Creative Ecosystem Senior Program Manager at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts designing community engagement programs including YBCA:You, at the intersection of art and wellness, and YBCA Fellows, deploying creative practice for social change. She has taught in Stanford University's Arts In Context course.

Potter completed her MA as part of the inaugural class of Wesleyan University’s Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance. She was a resident artist at the Summer Forum for Inquiry and Exchange, a National Arts Strategies Creative Community Fellow, a consultant for Creative Capital and the first Writer in Residence at ODC Theater. Potter was a Fellow in both the NEA Arts Journalism Institute in Theater at USC Annenberg and in Dance at the American Dance Festival. Prior to moving to San Francisco in 2009, Potter worked at The Juilliard School in New York City.



New View | In Dance

Meet Julie Potter, the Director of San Francisco’s ODC Theater, who stepped into the role in the fall of 2016. Dancers’ Group has had the privilege of working with Julie as a writer for this publication and in her former role at YBCA. We were delighted to discover more about her many interests and inspirations...

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Photo by andrew jordan

At ODC Theater, we’re in the practice of dreaming the culture forward with artists. Of modeling new ways of being together, and becoming responsible to what we see and hear collectively. Here we consider the promises, risks, and urgencies of assembly at this moment, and how gathering at the theater shapes economies of time, attention, and experience, with the possibility of becoming more meaningfully connected.

As a crossroads for local and visiting dance artists, ODC Theater serves as a site of generative vibrancy for performance. The 2019 theater season proposes imaginative worlds and strategies for our times: rituals for navigating uncertainty, perspectives on labor and dignity, embodied song for healing and undoing habits, and dance as a way of knowing.

Community Engagement | In Dance

photo by tommy lau

photo by tommy lau

For the artist Marcel Duchamp, “a work of art is a rendez-vous,” a time and space where artists and viewers come together. At times, a third party can be present, acting as a facilitator or interpreter...


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