Performance & Discovery

Scrap Arts Music performs at the 2011 Juried Showcase in Seattle.


There's something for every programmer at WAA!

Throughout the conference week, delegates have the opportunity to see and experience a diverse range of performance. From full-length productions that are a part of WAA's partnership with local performing arts presenters, to Showcasing and Speed Leads, there's something new to discover every day of the conference.

Juried Showcase

Part of the official conference program, Juried Showcases highlight artists from various disciplines who have been selected from a competitive pool of applicants by a committee of WAA members.

Independent Showcasing

Produced by WAA members in and around the host hotel, Independent Showcases are another great way to discover artists from the WAA community. If you are an artist interested in showcasing, please visit this page. 

Speed Leads

WAA's Speed Leads are popular non-performance events for artists, managers, and presenters alike! They provide great opportunities for artists and artist managers to introduce current projects to presenters, and for presenters to discover and connect with new talent at the conference. Attendees must sign up in advance in order to participate.


A new part of the official conference program, Launchpad is a startup program for emerging artists and early career agents or managers. Launchpad participants receive a three-year bundle of technical assistance, professional development, mentoring, promotional benefits, and membership,