Our Mission

Dedicated to Excellence in Dance, White Bird is committed to bringing the best Portland-based, regional, national, and international dance companies to Portland, Oregon and to fostering the growth of dance in the region. Through presenting established and emerging companies and choreographers, commissioning and co-commissioning new work, as well as collaborating with other arts organizations in Portland and the region, we are able to make these dance performances possible.

 

White Bird strongly believes in making dance exciting, educational, and accessible to everyone, young and old, of all social backgrounds, and through contributed income and sponsorships, is able to facilitate outreach to schools and keep ticket prices affordable. A passionate advocate for dance, White Bird strives to broaden audiences, develop new dance venues, and support both existing and new dance programs.

 

16 YEARS OF DANCE, COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS AND ARTISTIC COLLABORATION
191 dance companies presented
29 new works commissioned
5,000 students reached annually

 

Walter Jaffe and Paul King launched White Bird in July 1997 as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to bringing excellence in dance to Portland, Oregon.

 

Education Outreach

Walter Jaffe Bio

Paul King Bio

 

 

WHITE BIRD TEAM

Walter Jaffe, Co-founder / General Manager
Paul King, Co-founder / Development Manager

Chelsea Bushnell, Audience Services Manager
Sarah Toor, Marketing Manager
Ryan Blum, Financial and Community Partnerships Manager
Jeff Forbes, Technical Manager
Sandy Holmes, Mary McGilvra, Stephanie Sussman, Kathleen Meyer, Office Volunteers
Amy Rogers, Meghan McDonald, Interns
Gary McGee & Co.Fiscal Services
 

 

 

Paul, Walter & Barney
Walter, Paul, & Barney
Photo by Sarah Toor

 

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Paul King, President
Nancy Thorn, Co-vice President
George Thorn, Co-vice President
Walter Jaffe, Secretary / Treasurer
Richard Didzun
Mark Gaskill
Ivan Gold
Norm Kalbfleisch, M.D.
David Magilke, M.D.
Neil Matteucci, M.D.
Mary Meyer, M.D.
Gary Nelson
Jon Palanuk
Bette Sinclair
Charles Swindells
Darci Swindells
Minh Tran
Butch Williams, D.M.D.
Vinh Wong