CounterPULSE offers a number of co-productions every season in our fully ADA accessible, 95-seat theater. Our curated seasons offers independent artists and companies the opportunity to produce new work within a professionally supported environment, and to access space and resources at significantly subsidized rates.
- Spring of 2014 (March 1 – June 30, 2014) please submit by Sept 4th, 2013, email email@example.com with questions. Download the proposal form here.
- For events in January/February 2014 and July/August 2014 and please visit the Summer/Winter Special page for deadlines and application instructions.
Our curatorial philosophy:
- We are open to many different proposals from a wide variety of artists, and there are no hard and fast rules about who we will select. However, we tend to choose applicants who:
- Blend more than one performance genre or discipline. Collaboration with other artists is strongly encouraged.
- Are community-based and socially aware. We are interested in work that addresses current social, political or environmental issues.
- Have a distinct and compelling vision for how they would like to take advantage of CounterPULSE’s physical space.
- Who will bring a new community that broadens and cross-pollinates with CounterPULSE’s existing audience.
- We particularly encourage queer artists, artists of color, and artists with disabilities to apply, and we prioritize world premiere or regional premiere performances.
What we offer:
(Exact offerings and rates subject to change)
The co-production agreement is based on three performances in one week (Fri-Sun).
The $2200 co-production fee includes*:
- Three performances (Fri, Sat, Sun)
- 25 hours with a house technician, which includes 3 performances blocks (6-11pm), 8 hours tech, a production meeting and strike (11pm-12am on closing night)
- In addition to the above hours with a technician the CP in-house Technical Director is present at load-in and restore.
- 8 hours of tech is the minimum required amount for tech time. The CounterPULSE team reserves the right to require additional tech time for your event at $40/hour.
- A house manager for 3 performances (6-10pm) and a production meeting
- Liability Insurance coverage
- A marketing package that includes presence on the CounterPULSE Website, Facebook, Twitter, regular online postings, a monthly e-blast sent to over 6,000 people, inclusion on relevant print materials, inclusion in any season-wide publicity, and the opportunity to post on the CounterPULSE blog.
- Comprehensive ticketing services, including phone and online pre-sales, and box office management at the event. Artists receive 100% of the proceeds from the box office after fees paid to our ticketing vendors (see details below in ‘Box Office’ section).
- Audience-building data, including contact information and demographic statistics about your audience
- Access to the expertise of CounterPULSE’s friendly and professional staff to help support you through production, marketing/outreach and financial wrap-up.
- Additional tech time ($40/hr for up to 20 hours; $35/hr for more than 20 hours)
- Lighting design (*see our recommended servicers for suggestions of Lighting Designers)
- Additional tech staff (e.g. stage manager, additional technicians)
- Additional outreach/publicity services not listed above
*For four performances in one week (Thurs-Sun) the base co-production fee is $2,750, all other offerings are the same as listed above.
**For single or two night performances the rate will be determined on a case-by-case basis in advance, and will include all of the above offerings unless otherwise specified.
If you would like to be considered for a co-production please:
- Download the Co-production Proposal form: Spring 2014 proposal form
- Submit your form by the appropriate deadline via email to Julie Phelps, Program Director, at Julie@counterpulse.org.
|Space/Theater: 1350 – ft2 (25’ wide (20 ft. if shins are used) x 30’ deep) studio-theater with 15 ft ceilings. Fully sprung hardwood floor, option of marley floor, option of black curtains, aerial riggable. Two single-stall ADA bathrooms, dressing room/green room, lobby, TV/VCR/DVD and kitchen. Fire hallway is available for moving bodies only and cannot be used to store anything. Backstage bathrooms are shared with audience. Dressing room/green room is suitable for 3 or 4 people. It also contains a shower. The front offices and the tech loft are off-limits.Gallery/Lobby:Use of the gallery/lobby walls is not included in this contract. CounterPULSE may have art on display in the gallery during your performance. If you would like to use the gallery walls, you will need to make a separate request and sign a separate contract.Props/Costumes: Props/Costumes may be stored at CounterPULSE beginning the Monday preceeding your event with prior permission one week before and after event. Large props/set will be accommodated at the discretion of the CounterPULSE staff. Props should be labeled with your name and event date whenever possible. Props/costumes unclaimed one week after event will be discarded. Technical Equipment: CounterPULSE has a full range sound system, 16 channel Soundcraft FX Board with built in effects, 2 microphones, 2 main EV speakers, 1 projector, 1 projector screen. For detailed tech spec list, please check the website.Audience Seating: CounterPULSE has a legal capacity of 172 people. Standard seating accommodates 95 seats. Pillows are available for floor seating. Alternate seating configurations are possible (in the round, concert pit, etc). Please connect with the Program Manager in advance to arrange for a change to our standard configuration, additional fees associated with space, supplies and staff will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Flooring: The theater floor is a sprung hardwood dance floor covered in black marley. The marley is required at any event where shoes are worn or heavy props are used that may damage the floor. There is the option of removing the black marley to expose the hardwood (there are NO Shoes allowed on the hardwood), and to change the color of the marley to grey or white. Please connect with the Program Manager in advance to arrange for a change from our default black marley flooring, additional fees associated with space, supplies and staff will be determined on a case-by-case basis.Trash/Recycling: If your event generates more trash and/or recycling than our receptacles will hold, you are responsible for removing it.Lost and Found: CounterPULSE is not responsible for any items that you or your audience leave behind. In the case of props/costumes stored with prior approval, CounterPULSE does not guarantee the security of these items. We suggest that valuables are not left unattended.Accessibility: We are an ADA-accessible theater. Wheelchair ramps must be accessible at all times. The backstage areas must be kept clear before/after the show and during intermission to allow access to restrooms.Animals: Only licensed service animals are permitted at CounterPULSE.|
|CounterPULSE Staff:Technician: CounterPULSE will provide a technician for operation of lights and sound during hang & focus, all technical rehearsals, performances, strike and restoration, as well as attendance at the production meeting. There is a minimum call of 4 hours, with the exception of the Production Meeting (1 hour) and the nights of performances/events (2 hour minimum call). On all workdays of 8 hours or more, the technician is guaranteed a 30 minute paid break. Any changes to the tech schedule must be made with the technician and the Program Manager at least 48 hours in advance. You are responsible for direct communication with the technician regarding all technical needs.House Manager: The house manager arrives 2 hours before the show and works directly with ushers and volunteers to set up the audience seating, lobby, and concessions, and to facilitate post-show clean up. House managers are not responsible for any additional front of house set-up including merchandise sales. The house manager will keep the box office open only 15 min. after the show begins. If you require more than the four contractual hours for a House Manager per event, you will be charged an additional $20/hr.Box Office Staff: One volunteer CounterPULSE staff person will collect money and issue tickets for the event. For Open Door Events (where audience comes and goes as they please), you must provide a box office person to staff the door for the entire evening.Your Staff:One Usher/Volunteer: You are required to provide at least ONE volunteer for each event who will work directly with the CounterPULSE staff. In the event that you do not provide one volunteer per night of your event, $50 per missing volunteer will be deducted from the security deposit. Volunteers should arrive no later than 1.5 hours prior to the event and be prepared stay a 1/2 an hour afterwards. Additional volunteers may be required depending on your Front of House needs and are required for Open Door events.Cleaning Staff: You are requiredto leave the space clean following each event including: dishes, garbage, props, sweeping and mopping.Other Technical Personnel: Depending on your technical and aesthetic needs and preferences, we encourage you to provide any other technical personnel (lighting designer, sound technician, video technician, etc.) as necessary.Stage Manager: Though it is not required, CounterPULSE strongly encourages you to hire a Stage Manager.|
|CounterPULSE is responsible for: Website/Email: Your event will be included on the CounterPULSE website, and in the monthly email announcement, so long as sufficient information is provided by the appropriate deadline. Please see separate guidelines for relevant submission deadlines and submitting images and text.You are responsible for:Publicity: All additional event publicity, including flyers, press releases, etc.CounterPULSE Logo: All publicity must include the CounterPULSE logo (downloadable off of the CounterPULSE website under “Press > Logos”)CounterPULSE Review: All publicity must be approved by CounterPULSE before it goes out.|
BOX OFFICE SERVICES
|Box Office Income Procedure: CounterPULSE will track and process all box office income generated at your event. CounterPULSE will issue you a check for total box office income within two weeks following your event, upon receipt of your rental payment in full. We have a double-count policy in which after each event, both you and the house manager will check the income amount received at the door and sign a production information sheet.Online Ticket Sales: CounterPULSE manages all pre-sales for performances/events using an online ticketing service. Ticket buyers always pay a service fee of 99 cents and 5% of the ticket price. This is notan optional service, and no other form of pre-sale/reservation systems can be used in addition to or in lieu of the CounterPULSE system.At the Door Ticket Sales: CounterPULSE manages all at the door sales. We require an additional $2.00 be added to all at the door ticket prices. This two dollars covers box office services rendered (service and credit card fees), and does not get paid out to the artist. CounterPULSE Members:A $5 discount off of your general admission ticket price will be extended to CP members. This will ensure that your event is included in our exclusive CounterPULSE member emails. Typically, this offering is minimally taken advantage of and usually does not significantly affect tickets sales income.N.O.T.A. Policy: CounterPULSE maintains a “no one turned away for lack of funds” policy for all public events. You can chose to not advertise this policy for your event, but it must be honored in all situations. NOTAFLOF patrons can make reservations in advance by emailing the Front of House Manager or calling, 415-626-2060, or they can state their need to use the NOTAFLOF policy as a walk-up. Typically, this offering is minimally taken advantage of and usually does not significantly affect tickets sales income.Comp Policy: CounterPULSE reserves the right to offer free admission to all events at CounterPULSE for up to five CounterPULSE staff and volunteers. All other comps are at your discretion, but must be communicated to the Front of House Manager at least 1 week prior to your event to ensure ticket availability.|
FRONT OF HOUSE POLICIES
|CounterPULSE Welcome: The CounterPULSE house manager will make a brief pre-show announcement. In addition to this welcome, you offer your own announcements or have the House Manager make special announcements on your behalf.Promo & Audience Info Collection Materials: CounterPULSE reserves the right to display promotional materials, including a mailing list and flyers at all events. Event volunteers may be asked to place flyers on seats. CounterPULSE reserves the right to distribute Audience Surveys aimed at collecting contact and demographic information at all events. All information collected via this survey and the CounterPULSE mailing list sign-up will be shared with you via your Audience Reports sent 2 weeks post-event.Concessions: CounterPULSE reserves the right to offer concessions (beer, wine, water, soda) for donations to the organization as part of your event. Offering concessions is not optional, but you may opt to exclude alcohol (to be indicated via your Front of House Questionnaire). You may notoffer your own concessions.Reception/Party: With prior CounterPULSE approval, you are welcome to have a reception or party after your event. Please complete the reception proposal section of the Front of House Questionnaire. Use of the space past the scheduled performance/event block will be charged at $35/hr, and must be approved by CounterPULSE. The house technician must be present to close up the building. The house manager is not required to stay past front-of-house shut down immediately after the performance/event. All amplified music must be off by midnight. You may offer food or drinks for free at receptions. The space must be fully closed by 2am at the latest.Security: For security reasons, the front and side doors cannot be left open unless they are being closely monitored. There is a $50 fine for leaving the door unlocked and unmonitored.|
CONTRACT AND PAYMENT PROCEDURES
|Deposit: At the signing of this contract you are responsible for providing CounterPULSE with a check for a non-refundabledeposit for your event (half the total amount) plus a $100 security deposit.Communication: You are responsible for communicating allpolicies and agreements in this contract to your Production Staff and Collaborators.Forms/Documentation: You are required to complete and return both the Tech questionnaire and Front of House questionnaire to CounterPULSE no later than two weeks after receiving them. Additionally, you are required to accurately sign out attendance numbers from each tech and non-tech rehearsal on CounterPULSE office door clipboard. Meetings:You are also required to attend a Thursday production meeting 2 weeks prior to the event.Cancellation Policy:If you cancel this booking less than 6 weeks before the first performance/event date, the entire performance/event space rental (excluding the insurance and staffing fees) will be due in full to CounterPULSE.Final Balance: You will receive a final invoice that reflects any changes to your contract and any additional fees 1 week after your last performance/event date. Payment is due immediately. You will receive a check for all box office income 2 weeks after your last performance/event date pending the receipt of your final balance.|
|Security Deposit:We will return this deposit one week after the event, unless any damage to the space or equipment was incurred during your event.||$100|
|Key Deposit:Please make arrangements in advance to pick up a key if necessary. If key is not returned within one month following your event, we will cash your deposit.||$50/key|