NET Events and Gatherings

NET's Community Forum:
Beginning to Heal Through Connection

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

After a series of Town Halls that NET held in 2020, we want to invite the community to gather again. 

We will maintain our ensemble practice ethos, continue asking “what do you have and what do you need,” and since it's a new year, we hope to spark a flame of inspiration to keep creating and connecting. 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. Given the current climate of our country, now more than ever, we need to come together and start working towards the difficult journey of repair and restoration.

Featuring Remote Connections Made By Individual and Ensemble Members:
Jessica Bauman, Adam Cooper-Terán, Duke City Repertory Theatre, Paul Flores,Honest Accomplice Theatre, Ko Festival of Performance, Last Call, Pratik Motwani, and Rowen Haigh with Women's Theatre Festival

Facilitated by Patricia Garza, NET's Director of Programs & Engagement

  • How can we start to recover from isolation?
  • Where can we focus our work towards racial justice and civic engagement healing?
  • How can we dream and inspire one another this year? What shape is our programming starting to take?

This event will be recorded and archived so that you can experience the content later if desired. 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with your link to join the meeting.

Register here.


APRIL 13: Tools for Ensemble Togetherness in a time of Physical Distance


Facilitated by Alisha Tonsic, Executive Director, NET

  • What are you doing to keep your ensembles connected during this time?
  • What strategies, mantras, ideas can you share with other ensemble theater makers who are struggling to stay connected to one another?
  • In what areas are you still running into road blocks, and could use the support of the larger community to help you feel more resourceful and prepared?

APRIL 20: Can Our Artistry Combat Loneliness?

Facilitated by Todd London (Board Member, NET; Director of Theatre Relations, Dramatists Guild of America; Head of the MFA Playwriting Program, School of Drama, The New School) and Corinna Schulenburg (former NET Board Member; Co-Founder/Creative Partner,Flux Theatre Ensemble; Director of Communications, Theatre Communications Group)

  • How are you finding respite from the inevitable "apart-ness" (loneliness / isolation / disconnection) that this crisis is amplifying?
  • How are you specifically using your artistic instincts, training, tools to address this challenge?
  • Have you had ideas that could use the collaboration of others to get off the ground?

APRIL 27: A New Era of Ensemble Theatre Making

Facilitated by Claudia Alick, Board Co-President, NET and Executive Producer, Calling Up; and Leah Cooper, Artistic Director, Wonderlust Productions

  • Moving forward, how do we present theatre safely in shared physical space?
  • To that end, if we are still re-adjusting to sharing content in virtual spaces; what is “theatre” if it is not live?
  • How do we shore up our individual and collective reserves and resources for continued crises? How do we support artists ethically, and with generosity and love?

COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall: March 14
View an archived video recording of the session:


As our communities manage the spread of COVID-19, and many limit non-essential travel, it's important to make sure the knowledge-sharing doesn't stop, and we take advantage of our technology tools to keep us connected.

While we had to cancel much of NET's EMFUSA2020 activity in Albuquerque during Tricklock's Revolutions festival (and the festival itself was also severely impacted (please see the company's statement on Facebook), we used our platform to host a Virtual Town Hall on March 14th, in partnership with Tricklock, to hear our community's concerns, and begin to assess where NET can be most supportive during this challenging time.




Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, all remaining in-person events in NET's Ensemble MacroFest USA 2020 series have been cancelled. We continue to engage with our planned EMFUSA 2020 partners, and will offer a few modified and/or postponed events with them (and with new collaborators) where possible.

Since the "state of the art" of the ensemble community in 2020 is being defined, in large part, by the dual impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and the uprising for racial justice and cultural equity, we’re also envisioning new ways to connect (such as our virtual Town Hall) for these related conversations about how we’re creating our art, sustaining our companies, sharing our resources, and building our resilience in response. 

We’ll share info about these first of these new offerings as they emerge. We look forward to being with you soon -- online for now, and in person when it is safe.


By the end of 2020, over 100 NET ensemble members will be celebrating either a milestone anniversary (in a multiple of five), or an anniversary of over 20 or 40 years in operation. The legacy of ensemble practice is strong, and we're taking the year to grow our network, take stock of our work thus far, and envision our community's path forward.

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.

EMFUSA 2020 events originally slated to include:

Jan 10-11 | New York, NY
Kick-Off Event -- read more here

Mar 12-15 | Albuquerque, NM  CANCELLED & REPLACED:
w/ Tricklock Company's Revolutions Festival (see more here)
Mar 14 | online session
COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall: live from ABQ

Apr 23-26 | Denver, CO  CANCELLED
with Su Teatro’s 6th Ever WordFest/Artists of Color Summit

May 21-24 | New Orleans, LA   CANCELLED
with Alternate ROOTS & Mondo Bizarro

Jul 16-19 | San Francisco, CA.  CANCELLED & REPLACED:
with foolsFURY’s FURY Factory Festival of Ensemble and Devised Theater 
Sep 12-13 | online convening
w/ foolsFURY
's BUILD from Here: The Future of Ensemble Theater

Jul 30-Aug 2 | Amherst, MA  CANCELLED
with Ko Festival of Performance’s ENSEMBLE: Seeding the Future Convening

Sep 9-13 | Putney/Brattleboro, VT  CANCELLED
with Sandglass Theater’s Puppets in the Green Mountains Festival: Roots and Wings

Oct 22-25 | Utica, MS  CANCELLED
with Sipp Culture's Harvest Gathering

Nov 6-8 | Hartford, CT CANCELLED // POSTPONED TO 2021
with NEFA NTP-National Theater Project’s Regional Convening

Past Events:

Summer 2019 NET TLC Ensemble Exchange Lab!
ELY, MN // July 1-7, 2019

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 in Ely, Minnesota to support collaborative knowledge-sharing and field cross-pollination.



TEMPE & TUCSON, AZ // OCT 31 - NOV 5, 2018

Downloadable Program

 Watch the complete video archive of Gathering events on HowlRound TV!

Check out the tweets from the conference at: #NETreroutes

SEATTLE, WA // June 22 - 25, 2017

Downloadable Program

Check out the tweets from the conference at #NETpastforward!


May 20 - 22, 2016

Downloadable Program

  Watch the complete video archive from the symposium on HowlRound TV!

Check out the tweets from the conference at: #NETintersection

Aug 28-Aug 31, 2015

 Watch the complete video archive of Gathering events on HowlRound TV!


October 31 - November 2, 2014

Downloadable Program

   Watch the complete video archive of nine sessions from the 2014 NYC symposium on HowlRound TV!

NET MicroFests

NET's regional micro-festival event series around pressing ensemble themes and issues.

NET MicroFest Cycle I

In 2010 - 2011, NET hosted four MicroFests in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Minneapolis.

NET MicroFest Cycle II

In 2012 - 2013, NET hosted four MicroFests in: Detroit, Appalachia, New Orleans, Honolulu.

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