Let's Change our Mental Map

A Call to Co-Develop a Theater Commons

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The New Play Map is a project that seeks to change the mental map we have of the theater field. Community-generated and designed, open-access and open-source, it's a map of the infrastructure, relationships, and history of new works projects, artists, and organizations in the U.S. We seek to make visible the invisible, and by doing so, allow for us to think differently about how we allocate and share resources, collaborate, develop our art and our institutions.

In its fourteenth month since being publicly released as a knowledge commons, the U.S. theater community has contributed and mapped 1356 new work development and production events, 1,034 new works, 866 organizations, and 230 generative artists.

Before we begin the next development period on March 26, we need your help. The goal of the upcoming phase is to improve the user experience and to fix all bugs both known and unknown. And this is where you come in.

"Given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow."
—Eric S. Raymond, The Cathedral and the Bazaar

This is a call for the community to kick the tires, try to break it, figure out what frustrates you, what doesn't work, and what you want it to do. Tell us where it's not delivering on what you want it to deliver on. Report the bugs you find and report ideas for improvement in the feedback forum here. We'll keep closely engaged with you and will follow up. Before we start development, we'll report back to you, make public the specific development goals, and will open up the development process for your continued participation and input through April.

 

We seek to make visible the invisible, and by doing so, allow for us to think differently about how we allocate and share resources, collaborate, develop our art and our institutions.

 

Let's co-develop this together. Any and all are welcome!

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