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 Seeking New Board Members

Tim Rubel Human Shakes (TRHS) is seeking individuals to join their board of directors. TRHS is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, based in San Francisco, CA. The board of directors is responsible for the fiscal and legal governance of the organization. Read our fact sheet below for more details


Who we are: Formed in 2010, Tim Rubel Human Shakes (TRHS) is a professional contemporary dance company located in San Francisco, CA. We have performed at venues such as Fort Mason Presents, Cal State East Bay’s Queer Performance Festival, Dance Mission Theater, the Pfefferberg Theater in Berlin, Germany, and at Texas A&M International University in Laredo, Texas. We have received support from organizations such as the California Arts Council, The Zellerbach Family Foundation, and the Goethe Institute. We pair Contemporary Dance with theatrical spectacle to produce dance works that pose tangible questions about human relationships which appeal to audiences on emotional, physical, and creative levels. Choreographer Tim Rubel’s work is mostly centered around issues which affect the LGBTQ+ community and other underrepresented communities. Led by Rubel, TRHS creates a conversation in movement that is technically robust, yet vulnerable and authentic to the dancers performing it.


Our Mission: To create dances that respond to cultural issues which affect the LGBTQ+ community and other underrepresented people with wit, dynamic movement, and choreographic collaboration. We do this work through professional performances and creative process workshops while serving as the container for the work of our founder, Tim Rubel.


Our Values: We adhere to values which promote high caliber artistry and creative inquiry, as well as those which promote cultural, social, and economic equity. We do this through all of our programming.


How often does the company perform? The company usually premieres a new show annually, and sometimes tours. In general, there are rehearsals in December and January and then from May to June, with performances in either June or July. Other performances occur as scheduled.


How is the board organized? The board of directors consists of four officer positions and up to 5 general board members. The officers are the President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.


How often does the board meet? The board meets once every two months on a week-night determined by each member’s availability. Meetings can take place either virtually or in-person, and usually last between 60 and 90 minutes. Meetings are facilitated by the board president and minutes are recorded by the secretary. Meetings follow the procedures outlined by Roberts Rules of Order.


What do board members do specifically? Board members support the organization by doing the following:


*Approve the hiring or removal of executive staff, other than the founding artistic director.

*Approve the annual budget for the organization.

*Contribute at least $100 to the organization annually either through actual cash or in-kind donations.

*Attend regular meetings every two months.

*Adhere to the stipulations in the organization’s by-laws, as directed by the President and other applicable officers.

*Assist the artistic director with all aspects of fundraising.

*Serve as officers if elected and willing to do so.

*Attend TRHS performances and fundraisers, as much as possible and help get people from the community to attend as well.


Do I need to live in the San Francisco Bay Area to sit on the board: Ideally, all board members are based in the Bay Area for at least part of the year. However, this is not a requirement, and exemptions can be made.


Will I be paid to sit on the board: No. As with all non-profit boards, this is a volunteer position. However, it gives you the opportunity to contribute to the health of the arts community. It may also be beneficial to your professional resumé. The dancers and all artistic staff are paid regular salaries or flat fees while on contract.


What skills are most valuable to the board?: We are open to a variety of different skillsets and believe the most successful organizations are those that have diverse leadership. However,  it is helpful if board members have at least one of the following qualities:


*Administrative experience, preferably in the arts.

*Experience with LGBTQ+ equity and inclusion work.

*Background as a practicing artist.

*Finance or legal experience.

*Fundraising experience.

*Public relations and/or marketing experience.

*A passion for contemporary/modern dance and experimental dance.

*Philanthropic capabilities and/or the ability to connect the organization with benefactors.

*Previous experience sitting on a non-profit board of directors.


How long do board members serve for?: General board members can serve for an unlimited amount of time, as long as they remain in good standing. Officers are elected or re-elected each fiscal year, unless a vacancy needs to be filled before the next fiscal year.

If interested, please email

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