NET News & Happenings

Inspiration On-Demand: Todd London in conversation with André Gregory

In celebration of our 25-year mark, NET has launched a year-long series to ignite the imagination: Inspiration On-Demand: Creators in Conversation. Each month, NET’s very own Board members will join their own mentors and other artists they admire in conversation.

The next conversation in this series will be Friday, April 23, 2021 at 10am PST. NET board member, Todd London (artistic director, educator, essayist, and theater chronicler) will be in conversation with André Gregory,(director, actor, writer, teacher, and painter) co-creator and co-star of the legendary My Dinner with André. This is Not a Memoir is a collaboration between Gregory and London which reflects on a life lived for art. The conversation will focus on Gregory's early ensemble work and there will be time for questions! 

More Info.

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NET Town Hall:
Moving Forward Together

We invite you to participate in a conversation with your NET community on May 4, 2021 from 12:00pm-1:30pm PST as we look towards the most critical areas of need to help plan for a post-COVID reality.

How has our time in isolation and great civil unrest reshaped our thinking for the future?
What concerns about post-COVID life are keeping you up at night?
What support do we need to reemerge while also taking the lessons learned with us?

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Inspiration On-Demand: Carrie J. Cole in conversation with Ursula Marcum and Glenn Ricci from Submersive Productions

In celebration of our 25-year mark, NET has launched a year-long series to ignite the imagination: Inspiration On-Demand: Creators in Conversation. Each month, NET’s very own Board members will join their own mentors and other artists they admire in conversation. 

Our last conversation was Friday, March 26th. For this conversation we were joined by NET board member Carrie J. Cole (Associate Professor, Assistant Chair, Director of Production, Indiana University of Pennsylvania) and Co-Artistic Directors of Submersive Productions, Ursula Marcum and Glenn Ricci. Based in Baltimore, Submersive creates original, site-specific, immersive worlds where artists and audiences engage together at the intersection of histories, mythologies, and the immediate experience.

Watch the Recording Here


Ensemble/Playwright Collaboration
Grant Open!

We are thrilled to announce the launch of the 11th annual partnership between the Playwrights’ Center and NET in order to provide a unique development grant for some of our key constituents. In an effort to increase opportunities for ensembles and playwrights to collaborate together and examine best practices and new models for working together, the PWC and NET are partnering to offer one $4,000 grant for an ensemble/playwright team towards the development and creation of a new theatrical work.

Click here to read more about the grant.

Information Session was
on February 24th-watch recording here.

Email Patricia Garza, Director of Programs & Engagement for link to attend: pgarza@ensembletheaters.net.


Inspiration On-Demand:
Series Launched

In celebration of our 25-year mark, NET has launched a year-long series to ignite the imagination: Inspiration On-Demand: Creators in Conversation. Each month, NET’s very own Board members will join their own mentors and other artists they admire in conversation. We are very excited to begin to archive the incredible legacy of leaders in our field, and hope you will join us to bear witness to these extraordinary artists!

Our first conversation was on Friday, February 26th. Kicking off this series was NET board member, Godfrey L. Simmons, Jr. in conversation with Leslie Ishii.

Watch Recording Here


NET's Community Forum:
Beginning to Heal Through Connection

On Friday, January 22nd, NET hosted a Community Forum: Beginning to Heal Through Connection. As we turn towards reopening, NET is mindful of the role ensemble can and needs to play in the healing inside our own community and with broader society. We heard from a group of our Spring 2020 NET/TEN Remote Connection Mini-Grants recipients about the activities they embarked on last year and then opened up the discussion to dialogue with one another.

Link to the recording available now


NET STATEMENT OF SOLIDARITY

Black Lives Matter

The Network of Ensemble Theaters loudly and lovingly supports and honors the activists and community members who have taken to the streets in the Twin Cities and across the country to defend human and civil rights and demand justice for Black Americans.

We grieve with and for the families of George Floyd, Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the innumerable others brutally murdered at the hands of the state and of white civilians.

NET stands in solidarity with Black Lives Matter; with our Black, Indigenous, and POC ensemble members, artists, and colleagues; and with the movement-building cultural organizations, collectives, and individuals that have invested decades and generations in the struggle to undo systemic racism. We link arms with you, and commit to the anti-oppression work ahead.

We call on our larger community to listen and respond to the national and local leadership of these and other frontline organizers who are, as ever, leading us in this moment with grace and integrity. Please help leverage and distribute resources to support their labor and amplify their vision, as you’re able.

**See our designated resource page for some suggestions of ways to help, and places in the Twin Cities to donate that have been vetted by Minneapolis-St. Paul organizers and allies.

 


COVID-19 RESOURCES

The spread of COVID-19 and the need for physical distancing has made our collective work -- of bringing together communities through ensemble performance and practice -- extremely difficult. In this unsettling time, our social connections and the interwoven support and camaraderie provided by networks such as NET become even more critical. We encourage you to check out the following for resources and more in service of the ensemble theater community during this time:

FULL STATEMENT FROM NET

RESOURCE LIST

ONLINE COMMUNITY EVENTS CALENDAR

Now Available:
WATCH THE RECORDING
From our April 13 Virtual Town Hall:
Tools for Ensemble Togetherness in a time of Physical Distance

WATCH THE RECORDING
From our April 27 Virtual Town Hall:
A New Era of Ensemble Theatre Making

 


 

 

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