Need to Converge?

Since 2009 I travel to Indianapolis almost every May and attend The Indy Convergence. Here my comfort zone does not even exist 2012 poster, photo taken by Ian Garrettand many projects in my head got the opportunity to converge with musicians, opera singers, dancers, puppeteers, and soon – scientists! Recently they even started building a community arts center in Haiti.

You can also apply to simply be a part of people’s projects. I am not a performer, but learn so much every year through acting in  other’s work. I’ve played Frida Kahlo, Orpheus (one of 5), Clytaemestra in a Mad Max kind of world, my goth self in Project1979, and a ton more. Read my 8 days of Flash Blogging from 2012.

Their applications are due this Friday. I know you all have a project burning in your head.  Hear how The Indy Convergence helped Ashley focus her work in dance in the video at the bottom. Apply!

From their press release:

CONTACT INFO:  Ian Garrett,

The Indy Convergence Invites Applications for Local and National Artists to converge in Indianapolis for a Sixth Year
May 2013 will find a team of artists working together for another two weeks of free workshops and intensive rehearsal at a “pop-up” residency that culminates in a free Open Lab Performance on Saturday, June 1.

Lysandra displays paintings from Haiti to raise money for Sa-Ka-La-Ka-Wel

After a year of remarkable growth and impact, including the launch of an ongoing partnership to host a residency in Haiti, the Indy Convergence is excited to return to its home at the Wheeler Arts Community in Fountain Square from May 21st – June 1st to again bring together an incredible group of artists from the local Indianapolis community and around the country. We invite applications for artists to join the 2013 Indy Convergence Company in our 6th year of “artists at work”. Applications are now open and will close on February 15th, 2013. The application form may be completed online, through email and traditional post. It can be found at

Over the course of the Indy Convergence, each converging artist participates in a collaborative “Umbrella Project”, works on one or more personal side projects, and teaches at least one workshop in their field of expertise. The Indy Convergence concludes with a presentation where work is shared in an open lab environment. All workshops and events are open to the public and free of charge. At the core of the Indy Convergence we are “artists at work” — at work in our community and at work with one another.

A Choreographer & Musician bring their puppets on a first date….

Previous converging artists include many local talents including Ashley Benninghoff from Motus Dance Theatre, Soprano Ellen Denham of Intimate Opera of Indianapolis, and Two-time Creative Renewal fellow and IAC grant recipient Roberta Wong. Indianapolis native Sarah Weber Gallo, who has been working in New York in the Metropolitan Opera Ballet for the last 10 years, brought new work to the 2012 convergence.

Other national and international artists have come from San Francisco, Los Angeles, and points beyond. This diverse group includes Tina Chancey, a NEA grant recipient and director of early music organization HESPERUS; Sarah Moon, a playwright, educator and environmental activist from New England; Melbourne based Choreographer Erica Rose Jeffrey, a graduate of the Indiana University; New York based actors Kersti Bryan and Sara Bashor; and Los Angeles based dancer/choreographer Jenna Dillon. Projects developed during the convergence have gone on to be further developed and remount elsewhere in Indianapolis, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Scotland, Australia and more.

In addition to the development of their own short pieces, all of the converging artists collaborate in an “Umbrella Project”.  The 2013 Umbrella Project will be directed by Ellen Denham and explore the idea of “Otherness” through music, movement and visual art (read Resident Designer Ian Garrett awaits tech.more at Last year this project was led by returning converger Michael Velez, a choreographer from San Francisco where he is artistic director of Adhesive Physical Theatre. Previous projects have include examinations of the Greek chorus (led by Fulbright Scholar Dara Weinberg in 2008), a set made of reuse (led by resident designer and professor of ecological design for performance Ian Garrett in 2010) and the work of poet Kenneth Patchen (led by Artistic director Robert Negron in 2009).

There will also be a variety of workshops, taught by participating artists, which will be offered to the public for free. Previous workshops have included Bunraku Puppetry, Musical Improv, Sustainability in the Performing Arts, Basic Stagecraft, Viewpoints, Dance for Parkinson’s, Marketing and Career Coaching for Artists.

The Indy Convergence was founded in 2008 by Dance Kaleidoscope company member Caitlin Negron, actor/producer Robert Negron, and director/writer Dara Weinberg; their goal was to capture the special alchemy that comes out of exploring talents collaboratively for long enough to bring ideas to life, but short enough to keep from losing sight of the fleeting nature of live performance.

WHAT: Indy Convergence Application Open

WHERE: The convergence is in Indianapolis at the Wheeler Arts Community in Fountain Square, applications can be found online at

WHEN: Applications are currently open and close February 15th, 2013. The Indy Convergence 2013 will take place in May 2013 from the 21st to June 1st.




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Cindy Marie Jenkins About the Author: CINDY MARIE JENKINS is a Storyteller & Outreach Nerd based in Los Angeles. Currently Communications Director for 24th STreet Theatre, whose mission is to engage, educate and provoke the diverse 24th st community with excellent theatre and arts education. Cindy is a Center Theatre Group Teaching Artist for the Online Content Student Ambassadors, and recently facilitated a 6-month NEA Digital Collaborative through Theatre Bay Area & LA Stage Alliance and also serves on the Steering Committee of Directors Lab West. She was one of the arts advocates who created the #LAthtr hashtag in 2010 to unify the Los Angeles theatre scene. She curates arts shows on You Tube, live broadcasts experimenting with how G+ and YouTube develop audiences. Cindy is a regular guest on The Crowd Crowd podcast, weekly at Turnstyle News (an NPR affiliate), co-hosts Web Series Watch, where she reviews web series and interview Creators and Innovators. She has been a guest on LaLaLand Talk, In the Room, Angry Patrons, Bitter Lemons, Live & Digital Spill. She regularly contributes to 24th ST Theatre's blog, Web Grandparent , Bitter Lemons, LAFPI, and previously contributed to (Arts For LA), LA Stage Times, Atwater Village Now, The Inspired Classroom, Theatre @ Boston Court & The Comics Observer. Past clients included Outreach Director for the awareness campaign Silence No One, Social Media Consultant for ECCLA & Publicity for the new web series WRNG in Studio City and Roberto Amaral's Incendio Flamenco, Social Marketing Consultant for Gracie & Rose at the 2013 Hollywood Fringe Festival (awarded Best of Fringe - Extension & nominated in top 5 peer-chosen award in Best Solo Show category), former City Council President (now LA Mayor) Eric Garcetti’s Los Angeles Neighborhood Dreams Initiative (LAND), LA Stage Alliance's $25,000 Indiegogo campaign, Outreach Consultant for The Help Group (2010-2013; named one of the Top Facebook Pages & Twitter Accounts to Follow for Special Education) Indy Convergence's Indiegogo Campaign, The Global Theatre Project, Drive Theatre Company, Broad Humor Film Festival, Venice Neighborhood Council, LA Writers Center, LA Female Playwrights Initiative, Beans Boutique, and many individuals for their career goals. Cindy also served as Social Media Strategist/Manager for ARTmageddon September 29-30.

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