Performing Arts


Creative City Grantee Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol's Premiere of DEVRAN

In November 2017, Creative City  grantee Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol premiered his new composition entitled DEVRAN: Music of Islam, Turkey & Renaissance Europe for two free public performances in Boston, at NEC’s Jordan Hall and at First Church in Roxbury. The aim of the composition and the concerts was to connect diverse people and cultures through enjoying live music.Read more »


New England Artists showing at APAP 2018

During the month of January, thousands of performing arts leaders, artists, managers, and other arts professionals from around the world gather in New York City to attend performing arts conferences, industry-wide convenings, multidisciplinary festivals, and showcases. There are abundant opportunitiesto see new work by artists in theater, dance, opera, music, and performance; check out JanArtsNYC to learn more about the various events. New England artists that are showing their work during the Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP) Conference on January 12-16, 2018, are listed below. Read more »


A Pleasantly Overwhelming Idea Swap

“The Idea Swap is one of the few places where the whole presenting community comes together each year and that builds the relationships that form the ecosystem of the performing arts in the region.” – 2017 Idea Swap Participant

On November 2, 2017, NEFA hosted the 16th annual Idea Swap and for the very first time it was sold out!  The Idea Swap was filled with sharing and networking for New England's presenting and touring community. Over 160 people registered and nearly half of the participants attended for the first...Read more »


Congrats to the 2017 Creative Economy Awardees

Even if you missed this year’s Creative Communities Exchange in New London, CT, you still can experience one of the most exciting elements of the CCX: the 2017 Creative Economy awards.

At each CCX, NEFA presents two Creative Economy awards - one to an organization and another for a specific project - in recognition of successful strategies, scope of impact on the creative economy, and possibility for replication in other...Read more »


Connect with NEFA at APAP | NYC 2018

APAP | NYC 2018 Conference
Hosted by the Association of Performing Arts Professionals
01.12.18 - 01.16.18

The Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP) conference in NYC is fast approaching, and NEFA staff will be attending, as usual. Be sure to stop at the booth or join us in any of the following:


NEFA Booth #132 (Rhinelander, Level 1, EXPO Hall)
Visit our...Read more »


Idea Swap: More Ways to Connect Before, During & After

The registrations are in, the event is sold out, and we are excited to share these additional ways to engage with your colleagues before, during, and after the Idea Swap!

1. New England Presenters & Arts Presenters of Northern New England to host joint meeting the evening before Idea Swap

Wednesday, November 1 | 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Bocado Tapas Wine...Read more »


WATCH: Beyond Orientalism: The Boston Forum

Beyond Orientalism: The Boston Forum took place on Saturday, October 21 at the Bright Family Screening Room, Paramount Center. The event was livestreamed at more »


Beyond Orientalism: The Boston Forum

An unprecedented number of API (Asian Pacific Islander) theater artists gathered in November 2015 in response to the persistent practice of racial impersonation in American theater. From this conversation, a national initiative, Beyond Orientalism: The Forum, was launched to directly address the negative effects of yellowface and brownface in the American theater, while advocating for diverse representation of API – and all characters of color – on our stages.Read more »


Creative City Summer Info Sessions

The Creative City application is now live, and with the final application deadline of the program’s pilot phase just over two months away (11:59PM EDT on Monday, September 25, 2017, to be exact), it’s not too early for Boston-area artists to start thinking through their projects! NEFA is hosting a series of information sessions for those interested in learning about and applying for the program.Read more »


Seven CreativeGround Profiles We Love: June 2017

CreativeGround is filled with eye-catching profiles, but this collection of artists, creative businesses, and cultural nonprofits really grabbed our attention. Now featued on the CreativeGround homepage and about page, this cohort features NEFA award winners, newcomers to the site, and longtime cultural partners. Read more about each of these engaging profiles and maybe get some inspiration for ...Read more »


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