Welcome to Park Bench, theater simple's mobile interview outpost and podcast. This is the first installment of our four episode collaboration with The Network of Ensemble Theaters, focusing on Past/Forward: the June 2017 NET National Gathering and Symposium
Park Bench is a change of perspective that looks a little like a rolling hill and arrives into an urban environment (a mall, a parking space, or …. a National Gathering) and asks passersby to share their thoughts while sitting and observing their present situation.
Founded in the mid-1990s by a small group of ensemble theaters, NET has grown into a vibrant national community of over 350 members, including theater simple.
The 2017 National Gathering brought together NET members, artists, educators, activists, funders, policy makers, and others with an interest in collaborative creation across disciplines.
They Gathered for four days, just after midsummer on the beautiful campus of The University of Washington. And Park Bench was there, talking with participants about the importance of Art and Ensemble Theatre practice, and The Gathering itself.
Many thanks to the Network of Ensemble Theatres, and particularly Alisha Tonsic and Park Cofield, without whom this iteration of Park Bench would not have been possible. Thanks also to the University of Washington School of Drama.
TIMESTAMP INFO & ARTIST CREDITS
0:00 – 1:59: Intro
2:00 – 5:50: Laurie McCants, Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble (Bloomsburg, PA)
5:55 – 10:40: Kennedy Kabasares and traci kato-kiriyama, PULLproject (Los Angeles, CA)
10:41 – 11:35: Sal Mannino, Independent Creative Producer (New Orleans, LA)
11:34 – 14:48: Megan Weaver, Ensemble Theater Director/Teaching Artist (Austin, TX)
14:50 – 19:47: Thomas Pasculli, Walkabout Theater (Chicago, IL) and Michael Brown, Columbia College (Chicago, IL)
19:52 – 23:19: Brianna Smith, TAPROOT (Charlotte, NC & Austin, TX)
23:23 – 25:34: Kevin Griffith, Scenic Designer, University of New Orleans & Mondo Bizarro (New Orleans, LA)
25:38 – 32:52: Busi Peters-Maughan, WHEW, Women Healing & Empowering Women (Austin, TX)
33:00 – 34:26: Outro