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National Institute for Directing & Ensemble Creation

An Art2Action & Pangea World Theater Collaboration

SAVE THE DATES!

March 26-29, 2015 — Indigenous Artists Gathering

August 12-18, 2015 — Peer Leadership Exchange

Summer 2017 — Next Generation Artists Institute

Stay tuned for application & enrollment information!

ARTICLES: SEE WHAT LEADERS IN THE FIELD ARE SAYING!

“An extraordinary resource for directors to develop their craft and find solidarity with a community of peers and mentors.”- Dan Kwong, Great Leap

“It further informed and deepened my  directorial practice and commitment more than any other program could possibly do.” – Kamilah Forbes, Hip Hop Theatre Festival

“The Institute has the potential to coalesce this spirit and commitment into a powerful tool to educate ourselves, the next generation of unique theater makers and directors, and an infinite number of other fields and disciplines.” – Theresa Chavez, About Productions

OVERVIEW:

Pangea World Theater and Art2Action Inc., with six nationally prominent performing arts networks – National Performance Network (NPN), National Association of Latino Arts and Culture (NALAC), Alternate ROOTS, Consortium of Asian American Theaters & Artists (CAATA), Native Arts @ NEFA, and Network of Ensemble Theaters (NET) – are working together to develop the vision and model for a National Institute for Directing & Ensemble Creation , dedicated to professional peer exchange and training the next generation of theater artists of color and women directors.

This project is a response to the dearth of professional development and exchange opportunities for directors in the U.S., particularly directors of color and women, as well as the need for in-depth ensemble training in various forms of future aesthetics.  The 2010-12 pilot phase included field-wide dialogues, collaborative planning, documentation, and professional exchange  among leading directors and ensemble artists in the field. Key activities included roundtables at partner convenings nationally (2010-11), a pre-conference hosted by the University of South Florida Department of Theatre in association with the National Performance Network Annual Meeting in Tampa (2011), and a one-week residential Pilot Intensive at Pangea World Theater in Minneapolis (2012), to develop the structure, content and curriculum, prior to the projected public launch of the Institute in summer 2015.  This two-year pilot process ignited and deepened field-wide dialogues on the needs of women directors and artists of color.  It has, in turn, informed and shaped the proposed Institute, to create a secure foundation for the successful launch of a replicable program. 

THE PUBLIC LAUNCH OF THE INSTITUTE IS SCHEDULED FOR SUMMER 2015 …

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Women Directors: Linda Parris-Bailey, Theresa Chavez, Marty Pottenger, Nobuko Miyamoto, Laurie Carlos

Powerful Women Directors: Meena Natarajan, Linda Parris-Bailey, Theresa Chavez, Marty Pottenger, Nobuko Miyamoto, Laurie Carlos and Dora Arreola, at the Pilot Intensive (photo by Andrea Assaf, at Intermedia Arts, 2012).

Participants in the 2012 Pilot Intensive (photo by Luminous Concepts, at Intermedia Arts, 2012).

Participants in the 2012 Pilot Intensive (photo by Luminous Concepts, at Intermedia Arts, 2012).

The National Institute for Directing & Ensemble Creation is organized by Art2Action Inc. and Pangea World Theater, and is made possible, in part, by the generous support of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the McKnight Foundation.