1995 – As a result of a chance meeting at the biennial TCG Conference, a formal dialogue begins among ensemble theaters.
1996 – Philip Arnoult gathers 8 ensembles for a preliminary planning process at Towson State University in Maryland, funded by TCG, identified as the TCG Ensembles Work Group. NET is officially formed by: A Traveling Jewish Theatre, Bloomsburg Theater Ensemble, Cornerstone Theater Company, Dell’Arte International, Independent Eye, Irondale Ensemble Project, The Road Company, and Touchstone Theater.
1998 – Department of Theater Arts at Virginia Tech hosts a gathering of community-based art-makers, including the members of NET. A Traveling Jewish Theatre partners with 7 other ensembles in a 2-year exchange project funded by the NEA.
1999 – NET produces its first festival and conference at Golden Gate University and the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco, hosted by A Traveling Jewish Theatre. In November 1999, NET leads a gathering with 7 ensembles companies in Blue Lake, CA hosted by Dell’Arte to develop short term goals and long term objectives that will expand NET membership and capabilities.
2000 – American Theatre magazine publishes a feature on NET. NET produces a second festival and conference in San Francisco. There are 40 members representing 20 nationally recognized organizations present at the event.
2001 – NET hosts 60 ensemble members from 22 companies during at Camp Winnebago in Fayette, ME for a weeklong conference. Consensus to become a dues-paying, nonprofit organization is achieved.
2003 – National Conference of the Network of Ensemble Theaters is held. In August 2003, the Ford Foundation awards NET a $100,000 planning grant to support a national ensemble theater festival celebrating the diversity of the ensemble movement.
2004 – The Flintridge Foundation awards NET a $30,000 grant to support the presentation of Flintridge supported ensemble theater artists at the NET Ensemble Theater Festival.
2005 – The Flintridge Foundation and the Ford Foundation award substantial grants to the Network of Ensemble Theaters for Strategic Planning. Dell’Arte International hosts a national NET Festival.
2006 – Following 7 regional meetings throughout the country to gather input from the field, NET hosts National Gathering in Asheville, NC to ratify a strategic plan for the growth of NET.
2007 – With support from the Ford Foundation, NET hires a National Coordinator, the organization’s first full-time salaried employee.
2008 – NET membership surpasses 100 companies, representing 26 states. National Gathering is held in New Orleans, LA and is attended by over 100 members and guests.
2009 – NET convenes the National Summit of Ensemble Theaters (June 2009) in San Francisco to address crucial issues facing the ensemble field, attracting over 200 participants.