Request for Session Proposals

Call for Session Proposals
Deadline Extended!! Proposals due March 13, 2017

 

HOW TO PROPOSE A SESSION:

  1. Read the Call for Session Proposal guidelines that follow.
  2. Submit information about your proposed session using the Session Proposal Form no later than March 1, 2017 March 13, 2017. Early submission is encouraged if possible; proposal review will begin on a rolling basis as submissions are received.  A proposal consists of a short session description, the names of your proposed presenters, and anticipated minimal tech/support needs. Questions can be directed to events@ensembletheaters.net.
  3. Multiple submissions are allowed. If you would like to propose more than one session, please fill out and submit a separate Session Proposal Form for each session idea.
  4. All sessions will be scheduled for 90 minutes. If you require a double session (3 hrs), please complete the Session Proposal Form twice, marking your submissions “Part I of II” and “Part II of II.” Please note that the number of double sessions that we are able to offer will be very limited, so proposals for regular 90-minute sessions may be more likely to be selected.
  5. Our programming committee will review proposals and curate session content.  We will contact all those submitting proposals by April 15, 2017. If your proposal is accepted, we will request additional details, confirm presenters, and work with you to make session adjustments as needed.
     

DON’T WANT TO PROPOSE SOMETHING, BUT HAVE AN IDEA TO SHARE?

In addition to seeking formal Session Proposals for Past Forward,
we are also interested in hearing any ideas you have for the event.

What’s on your mind?  What do you want to learn about?
What are some topics or burning issues you want to discuss with peers
at the gathering/symposium in June?

What haven’t we thought about, that we should be?

Submit and share your ideas HERE

SESSION PROPOSALS -- WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR:

Past Forward is both a gathering of the national ensemble field and a symposium. Session proposals may focus on issues, topics, history, trends, experiments, or innovations in ensemble practice, performance, theory, training, scholarship, or research. We encourage hybrid and boundary-breaking sessions that intersect, blend, or move between these areas.

Session Formats

A wide range of session formats are possible, including:

  • Performance-based excerpt/event: creative content including but not limited to performance excerpts, pop-up projects, installations, cultural demonstrations, arts-based engagement events, immersive experiences, etc.  Note: only bare-bones, very minimal tech or production elements are able to be supported.
  • Workshop/training/skill-share: participatory, interactive, hands-on learning experience
  • Panel/case study/lecture-demo: moderated presentation by multiple speakers, followed by a Q&A period
  • Roundtable discussion/working session: participatory, interactive conversation or activity among attendees, facilitated by moderator(s)
  • Other: any session that does not fall into the format types listed above.

Event Themes, Values & Priorities:

We are especially interested in proposals related to the event title: Past Forward.
NET imagines the 2017 gathering/symposium as an opportunity to explore expansive definitions and notions of ensemble practice and collaborative creation, in ways that will:

  • honor and highlight its rich legacy;
  • center and celebrate its inherent diversity; and
  • inform and influence its current and future role in our field, our country, and our world.

The proposal should explore expansive definitions and notions of ensemble practice and collaborative creation in relation to one of following three core themes. Questions are provided to help tease out each theme, and may spark your thinking around possible session topics to propose.

1) TRADITIONS & AESTHETICS
2) FORMS & DISCIPLINES  
3) APPLICATIONS & USES

 

Click here to view a series of questions that tease out each theme further -- these may help to spark your thinking around possible session topics to propose.

The programming committee will prioritize sessions that focus on:

  • PLACE

We encourage sessions that highlight place-based work, or that focus on the specifics of particular geographic communities. Preference will be given to proposals that center the participation of (and/or work by) local Seattle-area and regional Pacific Northwest artists, scholars, and practitioners where possible.

  • CULTURAL PLURALISM, EQUITY, ACCESS & INCLUSION

As an organization that champions ensemble practice and collaborative creation, NET advocates for access, inclusion, and the empowered agency of multiple voices. NET’s commitment to equity and justice is rooted in a holistic vision of cultural pluralism that values diversity of place, race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexuality, physical/mental/sensory dis/ability, class, national origin, religion, language, cultural heritage, age of individuals and ensembles, organizational size and structure, artistic form, and aesthetic orientation. Proposals that share these values and priorities, and that center the participation of ensembles, artists, culture bearers, or practitioners from historically excluded, under represented, or marginalized communities will be given preference.

EVENT COSTS -- WHAT NET WILL PROVIDE:

A small honorarium (~$100) will be provided for each accepted session (to be shared or distributed among session personnel at your discretion), and each session presenter will receive a slightly discounted registration rate. In addition, NET members (whether session presenters or event attendees) are eligible to apply for a partial subsidy toward travel expenses. Presenters will be featured on the NET website and included in Past Forward promotional and event program materials.

ABOUT NETWORK OF ENSEMBLE THEATERS (NET):

A national community of artists and arts organizations dedicated to collaborative creation, Network of Ensemble Theaters (NET) exists to propel ensemble theater practice to the forefront of American culture and society. NET links a diverse array of ensembles and practitioners to one another and the performing arts field, encouraging collaborations and knowledge building/dissemination. NET is committed to the advancement of the ensemble form and strives to bring about change in the world beyond ourselves through the transformative power of collaborative theater and ensemble practice. Programs and activities focused on field building, field convenings, and field professional development/resources serve to nurture, sustain, and connect NET’s 350+ organizational and individual members throughout the U.S.

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