2021 Fall NET/TEN Virtual Exploration Grant Recipients Announced



January 24, 2022


January 24, 2022

Network of Ensemble Theaters Announces

Recipients of 2021 Fall NET/TEN Virtual Exploration Grants

Network of Ensemble Theaters (NET) is pleased to announce the recipients of the Fall 2021 round of NET Touring & Exchange Network (NET/TEN) Virtual Exploration Grants. NET/TEN prioritizes relationship building and knowledge sharing. The grants are intended to create new opportunities for reciprocal exchanges with peers and colleagues to share information, techniques, inspiration, expertise, and performances among ensembles to strengthen the work of individual ensembles and the field as a whole. NET/TEN grants encourage open-ended explorations without the pressure of finished products or projects; they are designed to be flexible and to support a wide range of activities.

NET has seen ensembles and artists continue to adapt their practices amid safety concerns, financial uncertainty, and emotional loss due to the impact of the continuing pandemic. In order to continue supporting members during this time NET created the Virtual Exploration Grants which encourages initiating relationships at a distance, while building toward future in-person work that is safe and supported. 

Through NET's Fall 2021 NET/TEN Virtual Exploration Grants, NET has provided support to twenty members to build relationships across distance and further community healing, reflection, and learning. 

Full List of Recipients Below:


  • Anonymous  Ensemble (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Applied Mechanics (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Calling Up Justice (Richmond, CA)
  • Ensemble Ipse (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Pioneers Go East Collective (New York, NY)
  • PUSH Physical Theatre (Rochester, NY)
  • Radical Evolution (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Rattapallax, Inc. (New York, NY)
  • Really Spicy Opera (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Swim Pony Performing Arts (Philadelphia, PA)
  • The Makers' Ensemble (Brooklyn, NY)
  • The Ume Group (Seattle, WA)
  • The VORTEX (Austin, TX)
  • Theater Mitu (Brooklyn, NY)
  • zAmya Theater Project (Minneapolis, MN)


  • Anja Lee (Decatur, GA)
  • Anu Yadav (North Hollywood, CA)
  • Emily Navarra (Chicago, IL)
  • Erika Phoenix (Greenville, SC)
  • Estrellx Supernova (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Gabrielle Civil (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Jing Dong (New York, NY)
  • Joyce Lu (South Pasadena, CA)
  • Roi Escudero (New York, NY)
  • Rowen Haigh (Danville, KY)

The peer panelists for the 2021 Fall NET/TEN Virtual Exploration Grants included: Nancy Keystone (Critical Mass Performance Group), Bryan Joseph Lee (CNTR Arts), and Joey Reyes (Long  Wharf Theatre and The Sol Project).


A national community of artists and arts organizations dedicated to collaborative creation, the Network of Ensemble Theaters (NET) exists to propel ensemble theater practice to the forefront of culture and society. NET links a diverse array of ensembles and practitioners to one another and the performing arts field, encouraging collaborations and knowledge building/dissemination. NET is committed to the advancement of the ensemble form and strives to bring about change in the world beyond ourselves through the transformative power of collaborative theater and ensemble practice. We support bold artistic and civic experiments and aim to heighten the impact and excellence of ensemble theater.

For more information about becoming a NET member, please visit: www.ensembletheaters.net


For information about the generous funder of NET/TEN, please visit their website: The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON NET/TEN CONTACT: Patricia Garza, NET/TEN Program Director at netten@ensembletheaters.net. 


NET/TEN Virtual Exploration Grants