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Minnesota Theater Alliance
Membership Newsletter
June 22, 2011

Hello theater-makers, look at me making up for lost time by sending another newsletter just one week later! Normally I expect this to be a bi-weekly contact, but I had a few exciting and time-sensitive stuff come up, so a little early this time.

If you haven't joined the Alliance yet, we really want you on board. See more info in the sidebar to the right. Thanks,



Conferences, workshops and events:
  • Discount for MN companies to attend NET Summit
  • Volunteers needed for NET Summit
  • Monthly Artistic Director breakfast
  • Monthly arts administration breakfast
  • Resources:
  • Free legal resources for non-profits related to State shutdown
  • Government shutdown emergency briefiengs
  • News:
  • Mu Performing Arts hosts book launch for Asian American Plays for a New Generation
  • Other random fun thing:
  • Coolest. Stage. Ever.
  • Discount for MN companies to attend NET Summit
    Wow, are we lucky, because The Network of Ensemble Theaters is bringing their national summit to us. In association with the Minnesota Theater Alliance, NET is presenting three days of: art-making, action-oriented dialogue sessions, and wheel-barrow races! And even luckier, they are offering a discount and special company pass to local companies only.
    When you register, use the code SUM11LOC50 to access a $50 discount. NET is also offering a special deal for local ensemble companies – Company Passes. These passes are transferable among your ensemble members. Buy one pass at full price and each additional pass is available at a deeply discounted rate of $75. Here’s how to access the discount:

  • Select NET Member when you register
  • Enter information for first pass
  • Click “Add Another Participant”
  • Add information for second pass
  • Repeat as needed
  • Proceed to Check out and Enter the code SUM11LOC50
    This national gathering will create space for artists to articulate their relevancy, process, and identify direct actions they can do in their communities to deepen the impact of ensemble theater. Register here!

    For Metro artists, MRAC offers a Training Fund Grant that can cover up to two members of non-profits at the regular registration price of $300. Submissions are accepted on an on-going basis.

    Volunteers needed for NET Summit
    The Network of Ensemble Theatres is seeking volunteers in the following categories to assist with National Ensemble Summit at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, August 11-14, 2011. Summit: Minneapolis is a convening for theater artists to make theater, see theatre, and create a National Action Plan that will advance the impact of ensemble theater.

    Contact: Danae Schniepp or Lisa Channer or Ashley Sparks Summit Coordinator at or 540-558-8744.

    1.) Hospitality
    • Support logistics of Bike Ride on Friday August 12 from 4:30pm-6:30pm (need to provide your own bike)
    • Set up spaces for Workshops on Friday August 12 and Saturday August 13 from 1:00pm-3:00pm (you may participate in the workshops)
    • Registration Support Staff on Wednesday August 10 from 5:00pm-9:00pm and Thursday August 11 from 9:00am-8:00pm
    • Assist with presenting and serving of food & beverages for Sunday August 14 for Field Day Brunch 11am-2pm
    • Assist with coffee and snack set-up and clean-up. Friday, Saturday and Sunday 9am-11am and Friday and Saturday 2:30-4:00.
    2.) Note-Takers*
    During the Summit, we will need note-takers for the following events:
    • Opening Session-Thursday August 11 from 7pm-8:30pm
    • All Summit Sessions: Friday August 12- Sunday August 14 from 10am-Noon
    • Break-out sessions: Friday August 12 from 3:00pm-5:00pm and Saturday August 13 from 3:00pm-5:00pm

    *Note-takers should provide their own laptops and be able to type quickly. Notes should be edited before submitted to Summit coordinator.

    3.) Videographer / Web-streaming*
    We will be live web streaming parts of the Summit. This is a very simple process and we will need someone willing to run video equipment. Schedule is TBA.
    *Although you don’t have to be a “professional,” some experience with camera work is most ideal.

    4.) Photographer*
    We would like for someone to take photos of Summit events. A shot list schedule will be provided. All photos will need to be shared with the NET Staff at the close of the Summit.
    *You will need to provide your own camera.

    Monthly Artistic Director breakfast
    Artistic directors meet the last Tuesday of the month at 9:00 a.m. at Maria's Cafe, 1113 East Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404. All performing arts organization artistic directors are welcome. No need to RSVP, just show up. And if you want to be on the mailing list for reminders about this breakfast email Jack Reuler at

    Monthly arts administration breakfast
    Not to be left out, arts administrators have organized their own monthly breakfast the second Wednesday of the month at 8:00 a.m. at the University Club in Saint Paul. Please RSVP if you'd like to attend, here:

    Free legal resources for non-profits related to State shutdown
    In an effort to support Minnesota nonprofits that don’t otherwise have access to legal counsel, MAP for Nonprofits will provide legal services related to the potential shutdown (including government contract review) free of charge through the end of June. Contact Charley Ravine, director of legal services, at 651-632-7228

    Beginning July 1, nonprofits in need of additional or continuing legal support can access MAP’s legal services through MAP's regular affordably-priced Legal Hotline.

    Nonprofits that contract directly with state agencies to provide services or receive grants from state agencies are likely to be affected by a shutdown, as are their clients who receive state services. MAP can also assist by providing affordable professional assistance to complete a cash flow analysis, 'what if' scenario plan and/or a contingency plan. If you work regularly with a MAP accountant, contact your accountant. If not, contact Walter Cox, accounting and finance services director. He can be reached at or by calling 651-632-7229.

    Government shutdown emergency briefings
    Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and the Nonprofits Assistance Fund are sponsoring free Government Shutdown Emergency Briefings that will cover the context for the shutdown, crisis communications techniques, financial planning and how organizations can access emergency bridge loans, and open discussion. The St. Cloud and Mankato briefings as well as the Webinar have already happened (sorry I was slow hearing about this), but you can still:

    Mu Performing Arts hosts book launch
    Mu Performing Arts is excited to host a launch party for Asian American Plays for a New Generation, an exciting new collection of plays edited by Josephine Lee, Don Eitel, and R. A. (Rick) Shiomi, will be held Wednesday, June 29 starting at 7:00 pm in the auditorium on the second floor at the Loft Literary Center, 1011 Washington Avenue South, in Minneapolis.

    Celebrating the publication of this volume of Asian American plays, most of which were produced or commissioned by Mu Performing Arts, the event will include a reception followed by speakers and readings by editors and contributors to the anthology. In addition to the editors, playwrights scheduled to appear include: Sun Mee Chomet author of Asiamnesia, May Lee-Yang, author of Sia(b), Zaraawar Mistry author of Indian Cowboy, and Sundraya Kase co-author of Walleye Kid: The Musical.

    This event is free and open to the public. Signed books will be on sale for $20 (original price is $29.95). For more information on this publication, visit Mu Performing Arts.

    Coolest. Stage. Ever.
    Shout out to Maggie D'Ambrose, daughter of local actors Barbara Kingsley and Stephen D'Ambrose, for sharing this inspiring photo of a giant floating stage on Lake Constance in Bregenz, Austria. The Bregenzer Festspiele (Bregenz Festival) has become renowned for its unconventional staging of shows. Verdi’s opera, “A Masked Ball” in 1999, featured a giant book being read by a skeleton. See the photo here.



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