2021 NET/TEN Virtual Exploration Grant Recipients Announced

Patricia Garza


July 23, 2021


July 23, 2021

Network of Ensemble Theaters Announces

Recipients of NET/TEN Virtual Exploration Grants

Network of Ensemble Theaters (NET) is pleased to announce the recipients of the Summer 2021 round of NET Touring & Exchange Network (NET/TEN) Virtual Exploration Grants. NET/TEN prioritizes relationship building and knowledge sharing. The grants are intended to create new opportunities for reciprocal exchanges with peers and colleagues to share information, techniques, inspiration, expertise, and performances among ensembles to strengthen the work of individual ensembles and the field as a whole. NET/TEN grants encourage open-ended explorations without the pressure of finished products or projects; they are designed to be flexible and to support a wide range of activities.

NET has seen ensembles and artists continue to adapt their practices amid safety concerns, financial uncertainty, and emotional loss due to the impact of the continuing pandemic. In order to continue supporting members during this time NET created the Virtual Exploration Grants which encourages initiating relationships at a distance, while building toward future in-person work that is safe and supported. 

Through NET's Summer 2021 NET/TEN Virtual Exploration Grants, NET has provided support to a breadth of their members to build relationships across distance and further community healing, reflection, and learning. NET awarded $100,000 in funding to 118 ensembles and individual artists across 25 states and Puerto Rico.

Full List of Recipients Below:

Lookout Arts Quarry (Bellingham, WA)
Port Veritas (Portland, ME)
Tofte Lake Center (Ely, MN)
A Host of People (Detroit, MI)
ANIKAYA/Akhra, Inc. (Somerville, MA)
Antigravity Performance Project (Brooklyn, NY)
Applied Mechanics (Philadelphia, PA)
Atlantic Pacific Theatre (New York, NY)
Bearded Ladies Cabaret (Philadelphia, PA)
Betty's Daughter Arts Collaborative (New York, NY)
Breath of Fire Latina Theater Ensemble (Santa Ana, CA)
Borderlands Theater (Tucson, AZ)
Brooklyn Youth Company (Brooklyn, NY)
Calling Up Justice (Richmond, CA)
Cardinal Cross Arts Co. (Big Stone Gap, VA)
Civic Ensemble (Brooktondale, NY)
Degenerate Art Ensemble (Seattle, WA)
DíaPaSón (Oakland, CA)
DNAWORKS (Forth Worth, TX)
Duke City Repertory Theatre (Albuquerque, NM)
EarSay, Inc. (Sunnyside, NY)
ETTA International (Shutesbury, MA)
Faultline Ensemble (New Haven, CT)
Fidget (Philadelphia, PA)
Freestyle Mondays (Brooklyn, NY)
Forklift Danceworks (Austin, TX)
Four Larks (Chico, CA)
Guardians of the Flame Maroon Society (New Orleans, LA)
Hand2Mouth (Portland, OR)
Hero Theatre (Los Angeles, CA)
HimmelMalek Productions (Philadelphia, PA)
Hit the Lights! Theater Co. (New York, NY)
Ko Theater Works/Ko Festival of Performance (Belchertown, MA)
Lightning Rod Special (Philadelphia, PA)
LOUD-N. O. Queer Youth Theater Ensemble (New Orleans, LA)
Lower Bottom Playaz (Oakland, CA)
Mispronounced Performance Exchange (Philadelphia, PA)
Mondo Bizarro Productions (New Orleans, LA)
New Manifest Theatre (Austin, TX)
New York Neo-Futurists (New York, NY)
Ninth Planet (Philadelphia, PA)
Notch Theatre Company (New York, NY)
Nouveau Sud Circus project (Charlotte, NC)
Obvious Agency (Philadelphia, PA)
Open Flame Theatre (Minneapolis, MN)
Pioneers Go East Collective (New York, NY)
Ping Chong and Company (New York, NY)
Piti Theatre Company (Shelburne, MA)
Propagation Project (Tucson, AZ)
PUSH Physical Theatre (Rochester, NY)
Radical Evolution (Brooklyn, NY)
Reading Theater Project (Reading, PA)
Really Spicy Opera (Minneapolis, MN)
Rising Youth Theatre (Phoenix, AZ)
Roadside Theater (Whitesburg, KY)
Rogue Artists Ensemble (Los Angeles, CA)
Sandglass Theater (Putney, VT)
Sojourn Theatre (Milwaukie, OR)
Su Teatro (Denver, CO)
Superhero Clubhouse (Brooklyn, NY)
Swim Pony Performing Arts (Philadelphia, PA)
TeAda Productions (Santa Monica, CA)
Teatro Luna West (Los Angeles, CA)
Thank You So Much For Coming (Detroit, MI)
The Carpetbag Theatre (Knoxville, TN)
The Breath Project (Palo Alto, CA)
The New Wild (Brooklyn, NY)
The Relationship (New York, NY)
The Space Cadets (San Diego, CA)
The Supergeographic Ensemble Theatre (Brooklyn, NY)
Theater Mitu (Brooklyn, NY)
Theatre Novi Most (St. Anthony, MN)
theater simple (Seattle, WA)
Uplift Physical Theatre (Salt Lake City, UT)
Vagabond Inventions (New Orleans, LA)
Victory Hall Opera (Earlysville, VA)
WaxFactory (New York, NY)
What Will the Neighbors Say? (Brooklyn, NY)
Women's Theatre Festival (Raleigh, NC)
Wonderlust Productions (St. Paul, MN)
Worm Games (Philadelphia, PA)
Adam Cooper-Terán (Tucson, AZ)
Anastasia Barron (Blue Lake, CA)
Antoinette Bianco (Happy Valley, OR)
Anu Yadav (North Hollywood, CA)
Bronwyn Sims (Williamsville, VT)
Carlos Sirah (Los Angeles, CA)
Carrie J. Cole (Tucson, AZ)
Ella Mock (Chapel Hill, NC)
Emily Navarra (Chicago, IL)
Erika Phoenix (Greenville, SC)
Estela Garcia (Los Angeles, CA)
Francesca Chilcote (Washington DC)
Gabrielle Civil (Los Angeles, CA)
Gamal Abdel Chasten (Greenbrae, CA)
Jacinta Yelland (Philadelphia, PA)
Jennifer Gillett (Los Angeles, CA)
Jorge Alexander Ramos (San Juan, PR)
Joseph Ahmed (Philadelphia, PA)
Juliana Roth (Nyack, NY)
Kāli Quinn (Bisbee, AZ)
Khalil LeSaldo (Chapel Hill, NC)
Kristina Wong (Los Angeles, CA)
Laurie McCants (Bloomsburg, PA)
Leonard Cruz (San Antonio, TX)
Marty Pottenger (South Portland, ME)
Masha Dowell (Los Angeles, CA)
Olivia Mia Orozco (Tujunga, CA)
Paul S. Flores (San Francisco, CA)
Rachel Jendrzejewski (Minneapolis, MN)
Rebekah Dawn (Tempe, AZ)
Roi "Bubi" Escudero (New York, NY)
Ryan Hill (Oakland, CA)
Sayda Trujillo (Roswell, NM)
Siobhán O'Loughlin (Brooklyn, NY)
Tiffany Mills (Brooklyn, NY)
Adrienne Dawes (Fayetteville, AR)


A national community of artists and arts organizations dedicated to collaborative creation, the Network of Ensemble Theaters (NET) exists to propel ensemble theater practice to the forefront of 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. We support bold artistic and civic experiments and aim to heighten the impact and excellence of ensemble theater.

For more information about becoming a NET member, please visit: www.ensembletheaters.net


For information about the generous funder of NET/TEN, please visit their website: The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON NET/TEN CONTACT: Patricia Garza, Director of Programs & Engagement at [email protected] 


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