What is NET?

NET is excited to announce the extension of our Pay What You Decide membership through June 2022! NET acknowledges the transitional moment we are in as a field and have heard from members their appreciation for this flexible model. We are always in conversations around how best to serve our community and hope this offering continues to bring the accessibility needed to meet this moment. 
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The Network of Ensemble Theaters (NET) is a national community of artists and organizations dedicated to collaborative creation. Working to propel ensemble theater practice to the forefront of culture and society, NET:

  • nurtures permanent ensemble companies and the legacy of the ensemble movement;
  • links a diverse array of ensembles and practitioners across performance disciplines; 
  • encourages collaborations, peer-based knowledge sharing, and bold artistic and civic experiments;
  • aims to heighten the impact and rigor of ensemble performance and advance the ensemble form;
  • and strives to bring about change in the world through the transformative power of collaborative theater and ensemble practice.

Through our member programs and other activities, NET works to build, convene, and provide resources for the field of ensemble arts practice and performance in the United States.

Want to know more? Explore our website for info on NET events and online offerings, member-only grants, and community knowledge sharing!

Who can be a NET member?

We have four categories of membership:

  • Students
  • Individuals
  • Ensembles: NET defines an ensemble as a group of individuals dedicated to collaborative creation, committed to working together consistently over years to develop a distinctive body of work and practices. Ensemble members, both artists and administrators, are empowered as core decision-makers to help shape their theater's artistic direction and organizational structure.
  • Affiliates: Affiliate members are non-ensemble-based companies or organizations that support and are interested in the work of the ensemble movement (i.e. presenters, producers, regional theaters, universities, service organizations, etc.)

Why be a part of the NET community?

NET provides the opportunity for ensembles and practitioners to organize at the national level and co-create an artistic community with like-minded peers. NET supports and advocates in the national arena for ensemble practice as a specific and recognized form of theatermaking and live performance, and provides a range of artistic assets to the ensemble field.

As a member of NET you will:

  • Revel in Community: Advocate for the Field

As a NET member, you or your company are part of a national network of artist collectives, ensembles, and co-creators  who are building a strong, vibrant, participatory movement where you will have a voice in setting NET's organizational priorities and how NET serves the field. Each member helps to strengthen NET’s advocacy and cultural policy efforts with funders, unions, and policy makers, and you will receive critical advocacy reports through NET's participation in the Performing Arts Alliance.

  • Share Your Story: Feature Your Work

To communicate about your current/upcoming projects with the NET membership and the field you can have your event featured on our online Community Calendar. You can submit performances, trainings, workshops, and more! There are also opportunities to guest write for NET's blog.

  • Be Eligible for Funding: Apply for Member-Only NET Grants

Be eligible to apply for funding including NET's Travel & Exchange Network (NET/TEN), and a joint funding program by NET and the Playwrights' Center that supports the development of new work

  • Stay Updated: Receive Monthly Newsletter & Member Mailings

We send out member info and a monthly e-newsletter that outlines NET's activities and offerings and connects you with field opportunities.

  • Exchange Ideas and Resources: Engage Colleagues

Join NET’s Facebook group community which is particularly active with over 4,000 members throughout the U.S. and around the world where we encourage you to join the many members frequently sharing workshops/training opportunities, promoting upcoming offerings, and engaging in conversation around their practice. NET members, staff, board, and numerous others from the field regularly post job/casting opportunities, grant deadlines, links to relevant articles, and requests for information.  Also, investigate the field-related articles and materials on NET’s website, including the NET blog for knowledge-sharing and NET updates, and the NET/TEN Shareback Library for real-talk, peer-based learning and resources from past grant recipients.  Comment on an existing blog post to join the discussion, or ask us about contributing an article of your own. 

  • Connect, Share & Learn: Attend NET Events & Online Offerings

Develop and deepen connections with NET members and colleagues, and share in field learning at regional and national NET events and gatherings, and NET-hosted convenings, conversations, and professional development sessions in-person and online. Members receive discounted registration rates; travel subsidies for members may also be available.

  • Explore: Discover Through NET's Member Directory

As an ensemble or affiliate organization member, you receive your own member page on NET’s website in addition to your listing in our online Member Directory. You’ll be taken to your member page when you log-in to your account on NET's site--here, you can update your company’s description and add information about your work. As an individual or student members, we invite you to take a look through the directory and member pages to learn about NET members and they work they are doing, and to identify like-minded peers you might want to connect or collaborate with!


To Join or Renew:

Through June 2022, all NET memberships will be offered on a Pay What You Decide (PWYD) basis.

This applies to current, renewing, and new members in all categories (Ensembles, Affiliate Organizations, Individuals, and Students). Memberships are active for a full 12-month period.

Regular Annual Dues for NET Members (prior to PWYD):

We've listed our regular dues amounts below as a guide and starting point. For those with the capacity to continue paying membership dues at or above the regular amount, we encourage you to do so. This will help support our continued work on behalf of the ensemble field.

  • Ensembles or Affiliates: $85 – $400 (sliding scale figured as 0.00135 of your annual budget, with minimum of $85 and maximum of $400)
  • Individuals: $60
  • ​Students: $30


New to NET?
We'd be proud to count you among our number. This is your moment -- sign up for a new membership online before June 2022 to select your own dues amount.

Join as an Ensemble or Affiliate Member
Join as an Individual or Student Member


Membership expired, and want to renew your membership?

Please make sure you are LOGGED IN before continuing to renew your membership. Take advantage of the PWYD opportunity to get current! Make it official -- renew online before June 2022 to select your own dues amount during the online renewal process. 

Want to renew but have forgotten your password?
If you remember either your username or the primary email address associated with your membership you can do an automated password reset. If none of this information is available please contact us so that we can do a manual reset on your account.