NET Events and Gatherings

Virtual Community Town Halls
Mondays: 4/13, 4/20, 4/27 | 1-2pm PT / 4-5:15pm ET

This series is invested in addressing: “what do you have, and what do you need?” Over the coming weeks and months, our wells of energy and resourcefulness will be tested, and we will need to rely on each other for support more than usual. NET’s series of Town Halls accounts for these inevitable fluctuations, and intends to create space for folks to share what’s been working for them, and what advice, inspiration, and/or support they need from their community to keep them moving forward. As our days are now filled with Zoom calls and webinars, please note that these calls will be recorded and archived so that you can experience the content later as opposed to joining in real time.

Additionally, we encourage you to respond to the prompts ahead of time via our COVID-19 VOICEMAIL BOX; which (in addition to the Town Hall conversations) will serve as an audio archive of how the ensemble theatre community experienced this time in our history and #ThisYearInEnsemble. Simply dial (503) 662-2459 and leave a short (1-2m) reflection based on the prompts below. *Please note that by sharing a voicemail with us in this way, you are giving your consent to have your voice and thoughts used in NET's future audio archive of this time in our community's history.*


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.


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.


Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, NET's next two scheduled MacroFest events -- Denver (April 23-26) and New Orleans (May 21-24) -- will be postponed.

We will continue to monitor the state of the outbreak as well as federal and local guidelines, and will make decisions with our host partners about the status of upcoming, in-person EMFUSA2020 events that are scheduled for June 2020 and beyond, as the situation continues to evolve.

Since we imagine that the "state of the art" for the ensemble community in 2020 will be defined, in large part, by the impact of COVID-19, 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 online sessions in the coming weeks, and will continue to keep you informed of schedule changes for the lineup of in-person EMFUSA2020 events as they emerge. We look forward to being with you (in person or online) soon.

Upcoming events include:

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

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

Jul 16-19 | San Francisco, CA
with foolsFURY’s FURY Factory Festival of Ensemble and Devised Theater 

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

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

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

Nov 6-8 | Hartford, CT
with NEFA NTP-National Theater Project’s Regional Convening

...and more locations and dates to be announced soon!

Read more about our first event, which took place in New York City, January 10-11, 2020 hereand about our planned second event in Albuquerque, March 12-15, which had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

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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