About White Bird



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.

250 dance companies presented
36 new works commissioned
5,000 students reached annually

Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

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. Their cockatoo Barney, the ‘CEO’ and namesake of the organization, keeps things lively, and is over 30 years old.
 Photo by Chris Roesing

Walter JaffeCo-Founder, wjaffe@whitebird.org
Paul King, Co-Founder, pking@whitebird.org
Chelsea Bushnell, Director of Audience Services, chelsea@whitebird.org
Elizabeth Whelan, Director of Communications, NEST Coordinator, elizabeth@whitebird.org
David Nolfi, Director of Finance, david@whitebird.org
Christopher Roesing, Director of Revenue and Community Partnerships, chris@whitebird.org
Jeff ForbesTechnical Director
Lauren Herrmann, Administrative Assistant
Lauren Bayard, Volunteer Poster/Flyer Coordinator
Liz Sandoval, Volunteer Group Sales Coordinator
Connie Guist, Stephanie Sussman, Jessica VasiOffice Volunteers
Natalie Anthony, Graphic Design
Dave Weaver/ Webaissance, Web Designer

Paul King, President,
Walter Jaffe, Secretary / Treasurer
Ann Edwards, Ken Edwards, Susan Ellis, Meredith English, Kim Allchurch Flick, Sandra Holmes, Carol Ihlenburg, Gary Nelson, James Thompson, Minh Tran, Vinh Wong
Nancy & George Thorn, Founding Board Members Emereti