WHAT IS CONNECTOR?
Connector is a pilot program from the Network of Ensemble Theaters (NET), built around a new, exclusive-to-NET, customized mobile app launched in December 2021. Devised through an iterative co-creation process in collaboration with the NET community, it will continue to evolve based on user feedback and the field’s needs.
The app provides NET members — artist-led ensembles, collectives, companies, and other allied organizations and individual artists/practitioners in the U.S. — with a digital tool to co-create a more equitable, inclusive, and artist-empowered community model for making work, touring, and sharing skills and resources nationally, regionally, and virtually. It supports artist-to-artist exchange by linking NET members to connect, trade goods and services in person and remotely, and to host each other as peer artist-presenters.
Described as “ensemble dating app meets arts touring marketplace”...or “like an AirBnB-Freecycle-TaskRabbit-Craigslist mashup, but made just for us”...the Connector app aims to level the playing field and increase artists’ agency by activating cash- and non-cash-based community assets, and putting opportunities literally in the palm of your hand. Rooted in ensemble values, mutual aid principles, and solidarity-economy models, it prioritizes generosity, reciprocity, relationships, trust, and community care to connect the NET membership and harness our collective power through paid/trade/in-kind exchanges.
WHO CAN USE IT?
NET is a national community of ensembles, artists, and organizations dedicated to collaborative creation, and working to propel ensemble practice to the forefront of culture society. Connector is a NET program offered as a benefit of NET membership: you must be a current NET member in good standing to log in to and use the app.
All are welcome, with membership categories for Ensembles, Affiliate Organizations, Individuals, and Students. Membership dues are Pay What You Decide through June 2022.
HOW DO I DOWNLOAD THE APP AND GET STARTED?
The Connector app is available for free download:
Logging in to Connector:
After downloading, use your NET member username (not email address) and password to log in. You must be a current NET member to use the app.
Don’t remember your password, or having other log in issues?
- Request a new password by using the Members section of the NET website.
- For any other issues (including not remembering your NET username), contact us at [email protected].
Requesting Onboarding Support:
Whether you're an early adopter who's excited to dive right in...or you've already started exploring in the app, but are now curious how to maximize its usefulness or make it do that thing you can't figure out...or if technology just downright frustrates you, and you want a helpful live human to walk you through it and answer your questions...we're here to support you!
Eager to get started?
NET staff is offering training sessions throughout Winter 2021-22 to get NET members up and running with Connector. To ensure that we are able to fully respond to and support the community's onboarding needs, members will receive staggered invitations to participate in orientation trainings from December 2021 through February 2022.
- Sign up here to receive an invite to the next Connector orientation training.
Reporting User Issues & Other App Feedback:
From its initial ideation through multiple stages of design and iterative development, Connector is an ongoing collaborative co-creation with the NET community. We approach this beta launch in the spirit of an invited dress rehearsal for an immersive, site-specific production built around critical audience participation. As the first to use Connector at full scale, your engagement and feedback is essential for revealing the fixes and fine-tuning needed to evolve, enhance, and fully realize an effective and satisfying experience.
- To request tech support; report glitches, bugs, or other issues; or suggest future enhancements to the app: contact us at [email protected].
- Coming soon! We'll add a Connector user guide and FAQ to this website soon to help answer common questions, share tips for using the app, and communicate a list of known issues.
FOR MORE INFORMATION OR OTHER QUESTIONS ABOUT CONNECTOR:
Email us at [email protected]
The Connector mobile app has been designed and developed for NET by Goma Games through an iterative co-creation process in collaboration with the NET community, and with additional support from Giant Rabbit. Connector is made possible, in part, through lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.