Interested in bringing your performance work to CounterPulse?

Artists join our acclaimed season of performance through one of these three tracks:

Co-Productions Presenting Program

CounterPulse partners with you by offering access to rehearsal & performing space, marketing & production support, and other resources at subsidized rates

This is more support than a rental-house, but less creative and developmental support than our artist residencies. Co-Productions are ultimately designed to meet independent artists where they are at with their latest projects:

  • Artists pay CounterPulse a subsidized fee to cover our hard costs
  • Artists keep 100% of their tickets sales.
  • CounterPulse provides staff support and expertise to bring your project to the next level.

Learn more about co-producing with CounterPulse >>

Artist Residency Commissioning Program

This 4-6 month residency program is for emerging and mid-career Bay Area artists who are ready to work hand-in-hand with the team at CounterPulse to develop a project into a piece of work on stage.

Your residency includes rehearsal space, marketing support, production support, and facilitated work-in-progress showings at no cost to the artist.

The Artist Residency Commissioning Program is offers more creative and developmental support than our Co-Production program and emphasizes the development of new work:

  • CounterPulse pays you a stipend
  • CounterPulse provides a set production budget
  • You and CounterPulse split the box office ticket sales 50/50

Learn more about residency program and the different tracks>>


CounterPulse offers below-market rental rates and affordable staffing options for artists to self-produce on our Main Stage.

Self-productions are designed for independent artists to present works outside of our curated season of events with minimal marketing and production support from the CounterPulse staff. This option is best for artists who prefer to hold the reins of all parts of their production or who may not be able to participate in our curated seasons.

  • Artists pay CounterPulse for production space and labor
  • Artists keep 100% of their ticket sales
  • CounterPulse provides a clean, state-of-the-arts facility and knowledgeable event staff to stage your work

Artists interested in self-producing at CounterPulse should contact for more information on rates, availability, and booking priorities.

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Photo of Violeta Luna’s 2016 performance, 35th Floor, Photo by Robbie Sweeney