Walter Jaffe

White Bird, Co-Founder Portland, OR, USA


WALTER JAFFE (Ph.D., German Literature, Yale, 1979) is a former publisher and former board member of the Paul Taylor Dance Company. He and Paul King founded White Bird in July 1997 in Portland, Oregon to bring the best local, national and international dance companies to the city. Now in its 19th season, White Bird has presented over 220 dance companies from around the world.  White Bird was honored to receive the Jerry Willis Achievement Award for Artistic Excellence at the Western Arts Alliance Conference in Seattle in August 2011 as well as the 2012 William Dawson Award for Programmatic Excellence and Sustained Achievement in Programming at the Association of Performing Arts Presenters Conference in New York in January 2012. Walter is currently a member of the board of the Portland’5 Centers for the Arts Foundation and the Advisory Board of Portland State University’s College of the Arts. As current chair of the Presenters Council, he now serves on the board of Dance/USA, the national service organization for the professional dance field. He is a former board member of the Western Arts Alliance (WAA) and served with Paul King as Co-Curator of the semi-annual Pitch Session of the International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA) for over six years. Walter served as White Bird’s representative on the National Dance Project for three years.


Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts