NET News & Happenings

NET's Community Forum:
Beginning to Heal Through Connection

Friday, January 22 from 11am-12:30pm PST

Join us on Friday, January 22 for 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 will hear from a group of our Spring 2020 NET/TEN Remote Connection Mini-Grants recipients about the activities they embarked on last year and then open up the discussion to dialogue with one another.

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A Personal Message
from NET’s Board Co-Presidents

In this time of deep conflict and challenge, we wanted to send you a quick message of solidarity.  We have witnessed your immense creativity and resilience in 2020. There have been losses of production, practices, and people. There has been so much care for safety and emotions. There have been incredible pivots and transformations. Your artistic productions and innovations brought us together throughout the year. NET staff organized digital town halls and—with the blessing of our funding partner, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation—pivoted $25K from NET/TEN Spring Travel Grant funds into mini-grants for members to connect digitally. We see you and continue to be inspired and moved.

Please know that our Board is meeting weekly and you are in our thoughts. Always reach out to us so we can continue to find ways to support. Our community is here for us, and there’s strength in numbers. We’ve made our membership radically inclusive for this purpose:

In the meantime take care of yourself, make safe choices, wear masks, wash hands, and keep being the brilliantly creative community of ensemble performance makers that you are. We look forward to connecting soon!

Claudia Alick and Leslie Tamaribuchi
Board Co-Presidents
Network of Ensemble Theaters


NET/TEN Remote Connection
Winter 2020/21 Mini-Grants
now accepting applications!

Applying the adjustments to the NET/TEN Travel Grant round that we implemented in Spring 2020, NET will offer NET/TEN Winter 2020/21 Remote Connection Mini-Grants of $250 and $500 (based on the applicant’s membership category).

Mini-Grants are for NET member artists and ensembles to build relationships across distance by exploring remote opportunities for artistic and administrative connections, exchanges, peer learning, and research.

The online application form -- which is now open, and will remain open for five weeks -- takes less than 5 minutes to complete, and does not require a narrative or identified collaborators.

Please see the updated information about the Winter 2020/21 NET/TEN Remote Connection Mini-Grant including FAQS and reporting information, and be in touch if you have any questions!

Any questions, please email

Patricia Garza
joins NET staff as new
Director of Programs & Engagement

Patricia Garza headshot Oct 2020

NET is thrilled to welcome Patricia Garza (they/them)
as Director of Programs & Engagement.

They will start their work with us on November 9,
and will be based in Los Angeles, California;
NET’s operations are fully remote and geographically distributed,
with staff members located throughout the country.

Read the full announcement here >>MORE


Ensemble/Playwright Collaboration Grant
2020 Recipients


We’re delighted to announce that our
2020 Ensemble/Playwright Collaboration Grant
has been awarded to
HartBeat Ensemble (Hartford, CT) with playwright Lonnie Carter and Out of Hand Theater (Atlanta, GA) with playwright Marcie Rendon 

The Playwrights’ Center and Network of Ensemble Theaters Celebrate 10 Years of Partnership By Doubling “Collaboration Grant” Recipients

The annual $4,000 grant is awarded jointly
by NET and the Playwrights' Center
to support collaborations
between NET members in the Ensemble category and
members of the Playwrights' Center's Core Writers Program.




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.



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:




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

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




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