Announcing the 2014-15 Exchange Grant Recipients!

We are pleased to announce the 2014-15 Exchange Grant recipients!

The Berserker Residents (Philadelphia, PA) will invite performer, director and teacher Sarah Sanford (Philadelphia, PA) to join the company for a two week residency at the University of the Arts, delving into the use of the Buffon, in a new piece about Philadelphia’s failing schools system and the ensembles own educational experiences.

Dandelion Dancetheater's Bandelion Ensemble (Oakland,  CA), Theater Grottesco (Santa Fe, NW) and Paufve|Dance (Berkeley, CA) will continue their ongoing  exploration to collaboratively create a new performance piece, Blessed Unrest, a lively, interdisciplinary performance that will go into bars and nightclubs

Honolulu Theatre for Youth (Honolulu, HI) and dog & pony dc (Washington, D.C.) will co-devise a piece that explores the cultural and geographic identities of their two iconic communities, building on a previous exchange around a live, interlocking, multimedia performance simultaneously connecting artists and audiences in Honolulu and DC.

Junebug Productions (New Orleans), 651 Arts (Brooklyn, NY) and the Contemporary Arts Center (New Orleans) will develop and present Soundtrack '63 in New Orleans. Soundtrack '63 is a live documentary focusing on the civil rights movement in 1963 featuring stories and artists from New Orleans.

Cristal Chanelle Truscott of Progress Theatre (Houston, TX) will train Jessica Soloman (Washington,  D.C.) in her "SoulWork" performance methodology for application in developing a performance framework for Art in Praxis'  Historical Pleasure Lab. Cristal will be guided under Jessica to create a strategic plan using non-profit arts initiatives' best practices & arts-based social entrepreneur skills.

PULLproject (Los Angeles, CA) will engage in a partnership with Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress (Los Angeles, CA) to develop PULL: Tales of Clamor, a full-length theatre/aerial arts piece exploring the clamor necessary in family and community to break silence.

The Shooting Columbus Ensemble (Tucson, AZ) will begin The Indigenous Cycles, a series of dialogue, devising, and documentation sessions with Indigenous artists from the Southwest Region and The Herberger Institute at Arizona State University . The group will discuss cultural sensitivity and risk-taking while simultaneously creating new work.  A subsequent “exchange circle” will be open to the ASU campus and local Native American community.

Strange Attractor Theatre (Providence, RI) will exchange administrative practices through peer evaluation with Lightning Rod Special (Philadelphia, PA) by collaborating on a new play, Sans Everything. Using similar artistic backgrounds and divergent administrative experiences, they will push each other in new organizational directions through the intimacy of a creation process.

The Theater Offensive (Boston, MA) will lead a methodology exchange among a group of four LGBT youth-theater programs across North America who participate in the Pride Youth Theater Alliance. This project will build upon the NET/TEN Travel Grant experience between TTO and the NOLA Queer Youth Theater Project last year, culminating in a final sharing of collaborative work in 2016.

The NET/TEN review panel for the 2014-15 Exchange Grants included: Claudia Alick, Associate Producer, Community, Oregon Shakespeare Festival; Mica Garcia de Benavidez, Organizational Manager, Su Teatro; Lisa Shattuck, Ensemble Member, ArtSpot Productions; James Slowiak, Co-Artistic Director, New World Performance Lab; Jacob Yarrow, Programming Director, Hancher, The University of Iowa.

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Monday, April 6, 2015

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