Big show + small format
Curbside Theater takes professional production to you– your park, your plaza, your block or neighborhood center. A new twist on a very old concept, presented by nonprofit art-maker SB Dance, Curbside Theater is arts under the stars and outside the box. Please poke around this site for photos, videos, and to learn more about our one-of-a-kind experience.
Program A “All Those Kinds of Love” is set to an international songbook from the 50s and 60s with live music by Raffi and Ischa.
Program B Premiers August 2023.
Curbside Theater is your theater for the night. Presented by arts councils, neighborhood groups, learning institutions, businesses, and individuals. Made possible with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, State of Utah, Salt Lake County, and many others.
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Our 2023 season runs from August through mid-October. The schedule will be posted here.
Predominantly dance and music, and adaptable to most locations, Curbside Theater especially suits audiences who are geographically isolated, have varying disabilities, or with a different tradition of experiencing live performing arts.
Please contact us if you have questions about accessibility at a specific show or have ideas about under-served communities that might be a good match.
Donating to Curbside Theater
Curbside requires the support of cultural enthusiasts. Contributions underwrite most of our performances. Please consider donating so we can continue to make this program as available as possible. SB Dance is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and your donation is tax-deductible as allowable by law.
- How does it work? Curbside shows are usually “hosted” by an organization like an arts council, municipal event, school, neighborhood, business, or individual. Most put on a social event followed by a performance at dusk.
- Is this okay for kids? You might think of it like going to a nice restaurant: some youths enjoy it; others just want a kids menu.
- What time does it happen? We catch the golden hour at dusk and then the stage lighting takes over.
- Will you do a show for free? We offer pro bono shows for under-served people and organizations that support them. Please reach out if you are involved with an org that could benefit.
- Are you on social media? See us on Instagram and use tag #curbsidetheater.
- How is this different than what I’d see in a theater? It’s most often outdoors or in an unusual indoor setting; the show is both a dance and a music performance; and the audience is usually smaller and more of a community. In dance, theaters tend to cater to audiences with special knowledge. Still boutique craftsmanship, Curbside is meant to be fun, funny, entertaining, and approachable to a wide range of person. This video describes what we mean.
Made possible by
Utah Division of Arts and Museums / National Endowment for the Arts
Salt Lake County Zoo, Parks, and Arts
Vine Lore Wine and Spirits
John C. Kish Foundation
The Lund Foundation
Bodywise Fitness in Foothill Village
BW Bastian Foundation
GS and DD Eccles Foundation
Program A: All Those Kinds of Love
“All Those Kinds of Love” originated during the 2020 shutdown. We started with a solo, experimenting with the staging and format. Slowly we added more solos and duets. As vaccines became available and the pandemic waned, we made group pieces that eventually became a 50 min performance.
Conceived and directed by Stephen Brown in collaboration with performers Annie Kent, Arielle Hassett, Jorji Diaz Fadel, and Bashaun Williams. Additional performers on past stagings include Christine Hasegawa, Natosha Washington, Josh Shutkind, and Lucas Horns. Show co-directed by Nathan Shaw. For All Those Kinds of Love, music performed and rendered by Raffi and Ischa. Additional choreography by Satu Hummasti.
Program B: Not yet titled
Scheduled to premier for our 2023 season, it is conceived and created by Stephen Brown with collaborating performers Arielle Hassett, Bashaun Williams, Jorji Diaz Fadel, Florian Alberge, and Ashley Chin-Mark. Music rendered and performed by Raffi and Ischa.
Site photography by Paul Christean