Announcing the Spring 2012 NET/TEN Seed Grant Recipients

We are proud to annouce the recipients of the Spring 2013 NET/TEN Seed Grants:

The Carpetbag Theatre Inc. (Knoxville, TN) will participate in a project titled, The Women Gather, with Junebug Productions (New Orleans, LA). Peer-mentors and leaders will work collaboratively to create development projects and succession plans to ensure the sustainability of both African- American ensembles.

Dandelion Dance Theater (San Francisco, CA) will invite director, John Flax (Sante Fe, NM), to meet with Eric Kuper’s interdisciplinary ensemble, Bandelion, and Paufve Dance (Oakland, CA) to deepen their artistic relationships and to plan future touring.

Goat in the Road Productions (New Orleans, LA) will participate in an exchange with The Assembly (New York, NY) to further their newest work, Anesthetic, and begin a sharing of artistic knowledge. The project will also include a roundtable focused on board development.

HartBeat Ensemble (Hartford, CT) will travel to Bangalore, India to meet with The Indian Ensemble. The ensembles will begin to explore a new way of working together on an intercultural project that investigates the cultural phenomenon of offshore outsourcing.

Looking for Lilith (Louisville, KY) will send three artists to Guatemala this June as part of their Faith Stories Project. The artists will work with a group of both Ladina and indigenous women, using Theatre of the Oppressed techniques to assist the group in creating theatre workshops that deal with domestic violence in their communities.

New World Performance Laboratory (Akron, OH) will visit TAPIT/new works Ensemble Theater (Madison, WI) to explore further collaboration as they search for the optimal performance and workshop structure to showcase their individual approaches to ensemble work.

The Post Natyam Collective (Transnational, web-based coalition) will initiate a long-distance, web-based creative exchange with New Delhi-based director Aditee Biswas on the theme of cabaret and postcoloniality.

Varispeed Collective (Brooklyn, NY) and Alia Musica (Pittsburgh, PA) will visit one another to begin arrangements of a new operatic performance called, Perfect Lives Pittsburgh. During this period, the groups will also scout locations, begin rehearsing, and discuss future collaborations.

The NET/TEN peer review panel for the 2013 Spring Seed Grants included: Charlotte Brathwaite, Theater Director and Performer, New York, NY; Brad Carlin, Managing Director, Fusebox Festival; Meena Natarajan, Executive/Literary Director, Pangea World Theater.


NET designed NET/TEN to create new opportunities for reciprocal exchanges with peers and colleagues. These guidelines introduce the resulting 2012-2013 pilot round of the NET/TEN grant program, which is supported by lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

The purpose of the NET Touring & Exchange Network (NET/TEN) grant program is to share techniques, inspiration, expertise, and performances among ensembles in the United States, in order to strengthen the work of individual ensembles and the field as a whole.

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

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