From Intention to Action: Devising Tangible Steps for Equitable Ensembles

MAR 30, 2020

This in person session led by myself and Alison De La Cruz was so much fun.  We designed it as a peer learning circle with curated participants who could share case studies from their own practice as well as creating access for everyone in the circle to share from their perspectives and experience.  We are all experts in our own practice. Lisa Q Mount captures the learning in visual art form. It was well attended with participants from around the country and local to NYC and the conversation was so productive.  Some of us left with tools for expanding equity in our practice, and we generated some hard useful questions.  This was designed to be the first in a series of devising sessions across the country for our ensemble  field to create a long term performance of justice.  

Friday January 10 | 4:30-6:30pm

La MaMa’s Great Jones Studios

47 Great Jones Street, 6th Floor, New York, NY 10012

In this devising space, we utilize the practices of intention, action, and even failure within a peer-learning-circle context to explore cultural equity questions: How do we move our ensemble practice from intentions connected to a single project/production to a longer term set of practices (actions) that manifest more equitable outcomes for artists? How are ensembles challenging our own companies, the ensemble field, and the NET community to move forward toward equity, justice, and collective liberation? How are historically or majority white ensembles addressing systemic inequities or incorporating anti-racism, anti-oppression, and EDI practice in our creative work, and our organizations…and what new and unexpected challenges are we finding as we do? How are ensemble values and co-creation practices a model or guide in these efforts? Together we hear from a few invited ensembles about their successful steps (as well as mis-steps and blunders), then open the discussion for participants to share stories, questions, tools, strategies, and resources that move us into action.

Facilitators: Claudia Alick (NET Board Co-President; Calling Up Justice) & Alison De La Cruz (NET Board Member; Japanese American Cultural & Community Center).

https://www.ensembletheaters.net/events/ensemble-macrofest-usa-2020/emfusa2020-new-york-city

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