2023 Open Stage

February 26, 2023 @ 10:00AM — 6:00PM Pacific Time (US & Canada)

The Historic Bakersfield Fox Theater: 2001 H Street Bakersfield , CA 93301 Get Directions

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You. The Historic Bakersfield Fox Theater. The stage is yours. . . for FREE!

Back by popular demand, Kern Dance Alliance is pleased to announce Open Stage 2023, an initiative aimed at bringing dance artists to the famous Historic Bakersfield Fox Theater to do what they do best - PERFORM! With support from the Fox Theater, applicants have the opportunity to rent the stage for 1-2 hours for FREE! This special opportunity affords creatives to have access to the Fox Theater’s technical staff and theater amenities. Artists are invited to curate an experience that is most appealing to them and use the stage in any way that cultivates their creativity.


The stage is yours. What will you do with it?

  • Are you looking for stage time to work on your newest choreography?
  • Have you been itching to create a new collaboration with an artist?
  • Would you like to put on a performance for your friends and family?
  • Are you interested in filming the latest Tic-Tok craze on the famous Fox stage?
  • Do you need to film an audition reel?

What are you dreaming of on stage? The spotlight is yours. Open Stage is willing to make your grandest dreams and wishes come true. Tell us about it and we will gladly help you to make it happen!


Open Stage: Sunday, February 26

Application Deadline: Friday, February 17

Artist Selection Announcement: Tuesday, February 21

Open Stage Technical Meeting: Thursday, February 2

Open Stage rental times are available in 1-2 hour time slots between 10:00 am - 6:00 pm. Up to eight Open Stage slots are available for rent.

An application is required to participate in Open Stage.

Selected artists must be available for a meeting via Zoom with KDA and Fox Theater technical staff on Thursday, February 23 to discuss the artist's technical needs and expectations.


KDA cares about supporting our dance and arts community in Kern County. The pandemic has had decimating effects on our county, especially for performing artists. KDA felt it was imperative that we continue to offer opportunities to incite hope and encouragement, thus Open Stage was born.

Open Stage is meant to help artists to find their way back to the stage and foster a new sense of creativity and confidence on stage. Our community is stronger when our artists feel valued and KDA values the artistic contributions of performing artists in Kern County. It is our hope that Open Stage will cultivate creative expression that leads to a colorful cultural landscape that continues to make up the diversity of our community.

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