Guest Post: NET National Convening Comes to Seattle

NET National Gathering in Fayette, Maine, August 2015.

4Culture is proud to help fund the upcoming annual convening of Network of Ensemble Theaters (NET), which is headed to Seattle for its first national event in the Pacific Northwest! Here, the NET team shares a bit about what to expect:

Founded in the mid-1990s by a small group of ensemble theaters, NET has grown into a vibrant national community of over 350 ensembles, affiliate organizations, individuals, and students from multiple performance disciplines. Current NET members from the Seattle area include Akropolis Performance Lab, Fantastic.Z Theatre, Lucia Neare’s Theatrical Wonders, The Satori Group, theater simple, and UMO Ensemble.

In partnership with our local host, University of Washington School of Drama, Past Forward: 2017 NET National Gathering and Symposium will bring together NET members, artists, co-creators, practitioners, educators, scholars, students, activists, organizers, funders, policy-makers, and others from around the country with an interest in collaborative creation across disciplines and sectors. We invite you to join us June 22—25 for a jam-packed weekend of workshops, panels, performances, off-site outings, parties, networking, and more.

To celebrate NET’s past 20 years of expanding ensemble practice, Past Forward will honor the diversity of the ensemble movement’s powerful legacy and collectively imagine our way to what’s next. Topics include:

    • Artistic lineage and legacy in the ensemble movement.
    • Resonance between Indigenous knowledge and cultures and ensemble-based approaches.
    • Enhanced storytelling through immersive media and emerging technologies.
    • Art and community collaborations addressing xenophobia and building empathy.
    • Collaborative practice and collective action in movement and network building.

Of special interest to locals, we are offering three pre-conference sessions on Thursday, June 22, and a limited number of partially-subsidized registrations for attendees from within King County, which are available on a first-come, first-served basis. To register, and for more information, please visit our website!

Event details:
What: Past Forward: 2017 NET National Gathering and Symposium
When: June 22—25, 2017
Where: University of Washington School of Drama, and other locations around Seattle Center and the International District

Past Forward is made possible, in part, through the support and participation of: Host Partner (University of Washington School of Drama), Event Sponsors (National Endowment for the Arts, 4 Culture), and Community Partners (Artist Trust, Cornish College of the Arts, On the Boards, and Seattle Office of Arts & Culture).