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Julie Potter is a performance curator, public practice specialist and writer based in San Francisco. As the Director of the ODC Theater, she serves executive and artistic functions including season programming, public engagement and resident artist opportunities. 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 lectures in Stanford University's Arts In Context course.

In 2016 Potter completed her MA as part of the inaugural class of Wesleyan University’s Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance. Her research defines a call and response approach to a civic public practice modeling  collaborative research, live exhibition and performance as a deliberative mode. She is also passionate about the affective capacities of performance on memory, empathy and creativity. Potter was a 2015 National Arts Strategies Creative Community Fellow and also the 2013 Writer in Residence at the ODC Theater.

As part of the Programs and Pedagogy team at YBCA, Potter developed the Smart Night Out and Smart Night Outing contextual performance programs. She has been a guest curator for ConVerge at YBCA, presenting Unproductive Time/A Party With Rules in 2014 and An Evening of Word/Play in 2013. She also curated Dance Discourse Project #13: Dancing in the Museum presented by Dancers’ Group, CounterPulse and the de Young Museum. Potter was a 2011-12 Emerging Arts Professionals Fellow organizing public programs in the Bay Area including Artist As Citizen, The Artist-Administrator Balancing Act and Collaborators in Situ.

She has written about the arts for publications including San Francisco Bay Guardian and In Dance, with contemporary performance festival coverage for L.A.’s pop-up newsroom Engine28.com, Portland’s Willamette Week and New York-based Culturebot. Potter was a Fellow in the 2011 NEA Arts Journalism Institute in Theater and Musical Theater at USC Annenberg, and the 2010 NEA Arts Journalism Institute in Dance at the American Dance Festival. She was also awarded a 2010 Gary Parks Emerging Writer Scholarship by the Dance Critics Association.

In New York, Potter worked at The Juilliard School and Weber Shandwick Travel and Lifestyle Practice and in Chicago interned at The Joffrey Ballet and River North Chicago Dance. She earned a B.S. in dance and arts administration with a minor in journalism from Butler University, spending a semester in Europe.



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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Emerging from considerations of humor and criticality, creative habitats, grand gestures and the consequences of care, the 2018 season is full of new contemporary performance work and an invitation to direct your time and attention, consider channels for resilience and regeneration, and be with the beauty, difficulty, ambiguity and contradiction embedded in art. Join us to cultivate this potent space for expressions of the body, connection and reflection. And please do make dance a habit.

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