Indigenous Performance Productions was started in 2019 to expand on the tour booking and management work that was migrated from Walrus Arts Management.
Mission Statement: To produce, promote, present, manage and advance education around Indigenous performing arts and artists.
Vision Statement: to create equity and opportunity for Indigenous performing artists by providing opportunity to amplify stories through live performances.
About the Founder:
Andre Bouchard (of Kootenai/Ojibwe/Pend d’Oreille/Salish descent) is an internationally recognized agent, producer and consultant who was born and raised on the Flathead Reservation in western Montana the son a CSKT enrolled father and a white mother. As a person with a background in both Native and non-native worlds Andre aspires to serve as an inter-cultural activist, working to build bridges and reverse the invisibility that serves to marginalize Native people in the US. Andre's primary background is as producer of dance, theatre, music and multi-disciplinary performance but has worked in practically every roll in the performing arts since he began as an active artist and arts administrator in 1999. In 2001 he founded Walrus Performance Productions, a non-profit dedicated to providing first opportunities to choreographers, playwrights and multi-disciplinary performing artists in the Pacific Northwest. In this role he opened the Walrus Theatre, a blackbox venue in the heart of Seattle's Capital Hill which fell victim to the real estate boom of 2008. In 2010 he founded Walrus Arts Management and Consulting which was expanded in 2015 to serve as a home to the first Native run performing arts booking agency representing Indigenous dance, theatre, music and multi-disciplinary artists . In 2019 he founded Indigenous Performance Productions, a non-profit company dedicated to production of touring Indigenous performing arts festivals.
He has served on over 30 grant panels in the last eight years, most notably serving on five National Endowment for the Arts panels. He has been invited to deliver keynote speeches or anchor workshops at or for the Asia Pacific Dance Festival, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, the Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance (Canada), Dance/USA, Association of Performing Arts Professionals, Western Arts Alliance, Arts MidWest, Arts Northwest, WESTAF, Montana Performing Arts Consortium and the Canadian Dance Assembly among others. He has been a guest speaker or instructor at Dartmouth College, Carnegie Mellon University, Robert Morris University, Northwest Indian College, College of Menominee Nation and Goddard College.
He holds a Master's degree in Arts Management from the Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University, a BFA in Dance and a BA in Anthropology from the University of Montana. He has had the honor of serving as an Association of Performing Arts Professionals/University of Southern California Leadership Fellow, was the founding Chair of the Western Arts Alliance Indigenous Committee and was the co-designer of the Advancing Indigenous Performance Program (helping to secure substantial funding for it's founding) and is currently serving on the Western Arts Alliance Conference Committee, the Arts Northwest Board of Directors and is a Commissioner with ArtsWA (the Washington State Arts Commission.)