The WAA Conference convenes presenters, artists, and agents around the shared goal of programming live performances. The five-day schedule is filled with exhibits, performances, networking, speakers, classes and workshops. The Commons - our meeting and exhibit space - cultivates discovery, business insight, and connection, while each host city sets the perfect stage for a conference full of opportunity, exploration, and ideas - highlighting the best in the West!
From established artists to emerging talent, access artists in every discipline to fit your programming needs and budget. Expand your artistic programming expertise and technical knowledge through our Professional Development courses, in-conference workshops, roundtables, and conversations with peers. WAA's unique Performance West Series provides wonderful opportunities to enjoy a full evening of dance, theatre, or music, while our Independent and Juried Showcases allow you to sample the diverse talents of the delegation.
Share your or your artists' work with more than 200 presenting organizations based in the West. The Commons format has been developed to best help you connect with presenters and colleagues. Introduce a project to a room full of Presenters during our Discovery Sessions, or enjoy great social and professional networking over local cuisine on a Dine-Around. Broaden your range of practical skills to help plan and achieve effective tours during our Professional Development Institute. Performing artists will find opportunities for stimulating discussions about art and ideas with other artists, agents, and presenters.
Western Arts Alliance (WAA) is a membership association of touring and performing arts professionals engaged in promoting and presenting performing arts throughout the western states and provinces. serving members since 1967, WAA's annual booking conference and its year-round programs are essential for artists, artist managers, presenters, and other performing arts professionals in the west. More than 680 artists, managers, presenters, arts service organizations, and state arts agencies know WAA as a trusted and vital resource.