NET News & Happenings

Join NET for Ensemble MacroFest USA 2020,a year-long, rolling, nationwide celebration of ensemble theater, featuring events in Albuquerque, Denver, New Orleans, New York City, San Francisco, Vermont, Western Massachusetts, and beyond. EMFUSA 2020 will explore the “state of the art” of ensemble practice and performance-making in the U.S. Each event will feature opportunities for work, model, and resource-sharing; group learning focused on building equitable ensemble practices; and region-specific sessions based on the event's location.

EMFUSA2020:NYC  January 10-11

Our first series of events will take place in New York City, January 10-11, 2020. Participation is free with an RSVP, but space is limited - register now!  Click here for full NYC details and registration.


2019-20 Exchange Grant Applications are now CLOSED. Notifications wil occur no later than February 10, 2020.

By the Numbers
Past Recipients

Summer 2019
NET TLC Ensemble Exchange Lab!

In response to NET members’ requests for more art-focused,
hands-on opportunities to connect, learn, and share together,
NET partnered with Tofte Lake Center to host
our first Ensemble Exchange Lab this summer
from July 1-7 in Ely, Minnesota.

The week centered on peer-based ensemble practice exchange,
and was designed to support collaborative knowledge-sharing
and field cross-pollination. 


2019 Ensemble/Playwright Collaboration Grant

Playwright Larissa FastHorse and
Cornerstone Artistic Director Michael John 
Photo by Kevin Michael Campbell.


We’re delighted to announce that our
2019 Ensemble/Playwright Collaboration Grant
has been awarded to 
Cornerstone Theater Company (Los Angeles, CA)
and playwright Larissa FastHorse (New York, NY)
for their 2019-2020 collaboration on The Lakota Project.

Now in its 9th year,
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.




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MicroFest USA Documentation

How do you capture the rich experiences, discussions, learning, and reflections inspired by Detroit, Appalachia, and New Orleans and that are all part of MicroFest USA? Animating Democracy, a program of Americans for the Arts, is pleased to be partnering with NET to help with the somewhat daunting task of documenting MicroFest USA.

For each festival, we are engaging two individuals, one who is of the host community or region, and another from outside, to write about their experiences. They may be artists, activists, journalists, planners, scholars, or other. Each writer is capturing not only the stories and dialogue, but encouraged to bring his or her unique local and national perspective, knowledge, experiences, and point of view to the task and to add to the discourse.

INQUIRING – A Quest to Know
by Pam Korza
Making Art, Making Detroit, Making a Difference
by Eddie B. Allen Jr.
Re-imagining Revitalization – Thoughts on MicroFest Detroit
by Michael Premo
Microfest: Democratic Arts in Appalachia’s Coal Country
by Mark W. Kidd
Creative Engagement and a Moral Economy in Appalachia
by Caron Atlas
A Community of Practice: NET Learning in Place
by Gerard Stropnicky


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