Open Skillshare: Techniques & Approaches for Creating Ensemble-Based Work

Thursday June 22, 2017 @ 9:30am-11:30am
University of Washington, Hutchinson Hall
$30 general / $25 NET members - REGISTER HERE

Session Leaders: 
Michael Brown (Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL); Maria Glanz (UMO Ensemble, Seattle, WA); Elizabeth Klob (UMO Ensemble, Seattle, WA); Shruti Purkayastha (TeAda Productions, Los Angeles, CA); Samantha Shay (Source Material Collective, Portland, OR)

Join ensemble artists from the Pacific Northwest and around the country for an on-your-feet workshop to share ensemble-based practices and approaches to co-creating, devising, and collaboratively developing material. Methods shared during the session will be documented and distributed afterwards to all participants, as a resource for your continuing work.

Work Samples for Performing Artists:
How to Create Compelling Videos for Fundraising & Promotion

Thursday June 22 @ 9:30am-11:30am
University of Washington, Hutchinson Hall
$30 general / $25 NET members - REGISTER HERE

Session Leaders: 
Sabrina Hamilton (Ko Theater Works/Ko Festival of Performance, Amherst, MA); Jessica Massart (Kickstarter, Brooklyn, NY); Brian McGuigan (Artist Trust, Seattle, WA).

Hear from field experts in grantmaking, crowdfunding, and performing arts presenting about what they look for, what to avoid, and what works! 

The session will include:

  • Practical advice and insider info on how to tailor your video materials to submit as work samples for grant proposals, send as promo materials to book touring engagements, and use in online giving campaigns.
  • Tips & tools: how to talk to videographers, set up your video shoot, record quality audio, calendar your project, and more.
  • Participatory structure and open Q&A period -- get your questions answered!


On the Road to the Future: A Cross-Discipline Field Conversation
on Artist-Centered, Alternative & Emerging DIY Models for Touring Performance

Thursday June 22 @ 12:00pm-3:00pm
University of Washington, Hutchinson Hall
$10 (lunch included) - REGISTER HERE

*Session offered in collaboration with:


Lead Participants: 
Andrea Ariel (Andrea Ariel Dance Theatre, Austin, TX); Eric Bass (Sandglass Theater, Putney, VT); Donald Byrd (Spectrum Dance Theater, Seattle, WA); Andy Clausen (The Westerlies); Fenner (Agile Rascal Bicycle Touring Company, Oakland, CA); Terry Greiss (Irondale Ensemble Project, Brooklyn, NY); Zubin Hensler (The Westerlies); Llysa Holland (theater simple, Seattle, WA); Tonya Lockyer (Velocity Dance Center, Seattle WA); Meena Natarajan (Pangea World Theater, Minneapolis, MN); MK Wegmann (MK Arts Co., New Orleans, LA)

Lisa Mount (NET Board Member; Artistic Logistics, Sautee-Nacoochee, GA)

What Is It?

A structured conversation about touring in the live arts, for local and national artists and allies working in a range of performance disciplines to share existing resources, learn about emerging models, and imagine new possibilities. Case studies, small group discussion, cross-discipline networking with peers and colleagues, and lunch! 

Topics to include:

  • The current touring landscape
  • Discipline-specific vs. shared field-wide needs and interests
  • Alternative venues
  • Non-arts partners as presenters and hosts
  • Cross-discipline artist-to-artist exchange, hosting, and presenting
  • Community-focused projects and residencies
  • Online platforms, tools, and resources
  • Next steps and action plans

Who Should Come?

Ensembles, small artist-led companies, collectives, duos, co-creators, presenters, funders, community partners, and other interested colleagues who:

  • Are working in any performing arts discipline or form: music, dance, theater, storytelling, folk arts, puppetry, circus, burlesque, and/or interdisciplinary performance;
  • Have experience or interest in touring, presenting, or artist-to-artist exchange.

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