Walker Art Center

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Walker Performing Arts Curatorial Criteria

The Walker’s performing arts department focuses exclusively on contemporary, often experimental work in theater, performance, dance, and music. Our selection process is based upon active searches for new experimental work/voices through extensive curatorial travel and research, as well as proactive collaboration with other institutions. We also attempt to maintain longstanding relationships with select established artists in these forms.

Each season, the Walker commissions and presents new work in contemporary dance and dance-theater, experimental theater, new music-theater, performance art, new puppetry, avant-jazz, electronic music, contemporary classical music, international/global music, and experimental pop/rock. We regularly champion work that blurs the boundaries between visual arts, film, installation, dance, theater, and performance or that involves collaborations between artists of varied disciplines. The Walker supports established masters, mid-career artists, and some selectively chosen emerging voices. While the Walker remains open to hearing about work by artists unfamiliar to us, the vast majority of programs are the result of proactive invitations from Walker performing arts curators and staff.

Artist Submissions

The performing arts department no longer accepts unsolicited artist materials, and Walker performing arts curators do not review cold call submissions. Hard copies of a press kit, CD, or DVD are only accepted by invitation and will not be returned.

With the above in mind, if artists feel that their work appropriately fits with the Walker’s program and have had contact with a member of our curatorial staff, they are welcome to send a URL or link to a recording of the performance or concert to molly.hanse@walkerart.org with the subject line “Performing Arts Submission.” Please note that actual video files enclosed in an e-mail will not be accepted. A very limited number of submissions will receive a response from our curatorial staff. Please note that the Walker’s performing arts season is often programmed several years in advance, and unsolicited proposals will not result in a performance opportunity.

Performing Arts Department



  • Philip Bither, William and Nadine McGuire Director and Senior Curator, Performing Arts
  • Julie Voigt, Senior Program Officer
  • Doug Benidt, Associate Curator
  • Molly Hanse, Coordinator