On June 22nd -25th Eric and Shoshana head to Seattle, Washington to join the Network of Ensemble Theaters (NET) National Symposium, Past Forward. Shoshana will be at the conference performing a studio rendition of When I Put on Your Glove, as one of only a few NET companies who have been selected for performances and artistic discussions for the conference. Eric will be on two panels. The first will look at how the American theater responds to xenophobia in America. The second panel will be presented together with Rabbi Zari Weiss who recently hosted Sandglass’ D-Generation in Seattle. Eric and Zari will discuss community consortiums as a new model for touring artists.
In partnership with local host, University of Washington School of Drama, the event will bring together NET members, artists, practitioners, scholars, students, activists, organizers, community partners, funders, policy makers, and others with interest in collaborative creation across disciplines and sectors.
Founded in the mid 1990s by a small group of ensemble theaters, NET has grown and matured in the last two decades into a vibrant national community. 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 what’s next.
NET has been a very important foothold for Sandglass over the years. Eric served on the first NET board beginning in 2001, and remained for 5 years. Through NET we were able to meet many of the colleagues we have presented in our Voices of Community series. NET has changed the face of American theater at a national level by its advocacy for theater companies that devise their own work in an ensemble practice. We are honored to have two generations of Sandglass represented at this year’s conference.