Small Experiments with Radical Intent, National Ballet of Canada. Photo: Emily Herczeg
Performing Arts

Staging Change

In the past, we have taken André Gide’s axiom that “one cannot discover new lands without first consenting to leave the shore” as a rallying cry for performing arts leaders and organizations that are in a place to choose to adapt (before circumstances compel it). Now, the entire sector is unmoored and trying to navigate complex uncharted waters. No longer is it only pioneers and early adopters that Staging Change might engage, but the wider spectrum of performing arts organizations that are struggling to make sense of current and emerging conditions – who have had the need for innovation and radical adaptation thrust upon them, like it or not. The thought patterns, sense-making, new skills, and non-traditional team work needed to begin organization-wide adaptive work are now critical to the future of the sector.

Richard Evans

Co-founder and President Emeritus, EmcArts

The introspective and creative environment in Staging Change, the conversations with peers and colleagues, and the time and space to think deeply about the challenges facing our organization and the sector have been invaluable.

Executive Director, Tapestry Opera

Staging Change Highlights

Next round of Staging Change announced
The Metcalf Foundation’s Performing Arts program is pleased to announce the second round of Staging Change. Offered in partnership with EmcArts, the next edition of Staging Change will take place online in the fall of 2020 into early 2021.
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Staging Change participants attend five-day Incubating Innovation Intensive Retreat
Staging Change Stage 3 participants selected
Staging Change participants engage in Small Experiments with Radical Intent
Eight performing arts companies and organizations accepted into Staging Change Stage 2
Metcalf Photo Essay: Stage 1 of Staging Change concludes
Metcalf Interview: Richard Evans
Staging Change Introductory Webinar and Information Session
Metcalf Interview: Melissa Dibble
Inaugural Staging Change cohort announced
Staging Change Associate Facilitator Training Initiative participants named
Staging Change: Case Studies from EmcArts
Staging Change Information Session on April 23, 2018
Staging Change Associate Facilitator Training Initiative Outline Released
Staging Change: a New Program in the Performing Arts
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Recent Grants

Initiative
Staging Change
Amount
$25,000
Term
12 months
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to support Stage 3 Incubating Innovation, a one-year process that offers a full immersion in an innovation project with the larger aim of leveraging significant increases in capacity and,...
2019
Initiative
Staging Change
Amount
$5,000
Term
12 months
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through Stage 2 on-site organizational coaching, a large stakeholder working group will assess the organization’s adaptive capacities, investigate barriers to adaptive change built into...
2019
Initiative
Staging Change
Amount
$5,000
Term
12 months
Learn More
through Stage 2 on-site organizational coaching, a large stakeholder working group will assess the organization’s adaptive capacities, investigate barriers to adaptive change built into...
2019
Initiative
Staging Change
Amount
$5,000
Term
12 months
Learn More
through Stage 2 on-site organizational coaching, a large stakeholder working group will assess the organization’s adaptive capacities, investigate barriers to adaptive change built into...
2019
Initiative
Staging Change
Amount
$25,000
Term
12 months
Learn More
to support Stage 3 Incubating Innovation, a one-year process that offers a full immersion in an innovation project with the larger aim of leveraging significant increases in capacity and,...
2019
Initiative
Staging Change
Amount
$5,000
Term
12 months
Learn More
through Stage 2 on-site organizational coaching, a large stakeholder working group will assess the organization’s adaptive capacities, investigate barriers to adaptive change built into...
2019
Initiative
Staging Change
Amount
$25,000
Term
12 months
Learn More
to support Stage 3 Incubating Innovation, a one-year process that offers a full immersion in an innovation project with the larger aim of leveraging significant increases in capacity and,...
2019
Initiative
Staging Change
Amount
$5,000
Term
12 months
Learn More
through Stage 2 on-site organizational coaching, a large stakeholder working group will assess the organization’s adaptive capacities, investigate barriers to adaptive change built into...
2019
Initiative
Staging Change
Amount
$25,000
Term
12 months
Learn More
to support Stage 3 Incubating Innovation, a one-year process that offers a full immersion in an innovation project with the larger aim of leveraging significant increases in capacity and,...
2019
Initiative
Staging Change
Amount
$5,000
Term
12 months
Learn More
through Stage 2 on-site organizational coaching, a large stakeholder working group will assess the organization’s adaptive capacities, investigate barriers to adaptive change built into...
2019
Initiative
Staging Change
Amount
$5,000
Term
12 months
Learn More
through Stage 2 on-site organizational coaching, a large stakeholder working group will assess the organization’s adaptive capacities, investigate barriers to adaptive change built into...
2019
Initiative
Staging Change
Amount
$5,000
Term
12 months
Learn More
through Stage 2 on-site organizational coaching, a large stakeholder working group will assess the organization’s adaptive capacities, investigate barriers to adaptive change built into...
2019
Initiative
Staging Change
Amount
$3,000
Term
12 months
Learn More
to support their Stage 1 organizational team, representing artistic, administrative, and board leadership, to participate in a series of six interactive workshops designed to uncover and...
2018
Initiative
Staging Change
Amount
$3,000
Term
12 months
Learn More
to support their Stage 1 organizational team, representing artistic, administrative, and board leadership, to participate in a series of six interactive workshops designed to uncover and...
2018
Initiative
Staging Change
Amount
$3,000
Term
12 months
Learn More
to support their Stage 1 organizational team, representing artistic, administrative, and board leadership, to participate in a series of six interactive workshops designed to uncover and...
2018
Initiative
Staging Change
Amount
$3,000
Term
12 months
Learn More
to support their Stage 1 organizational team, representing artistic, administrative, and board leadership, to participate in a series of six interactive workshops designed to uncover and...
2018
Initiative
Staging Change
Amount
$3,000
Term
12 months
Learn More
to support their Stage 1 organizational team, representing artistic, administrative, and board leadership, to participate in a series of six interactive workshops designed to uncover and...
2018
Initiative
Staging Change
Amount
$3,000
Term
12 months
Learn More
to support their Stage 1 organizational team, representing artistic, administrative, and board leadership, to participate in a series of six interactive workshops designed to uncover and...
2018
Initiative
Staging Change
Amount
$3,000
Term
12 months
Learn More
to support their Stage 1 organizational team, representing artistic, administrative, and board leadership, to participate in a series of six interactive workshops designed to uncover and...
2018
Initiative
Staging Change
Amount
$3,000
Term
12 months
Learn More
to support their Stage 1 organizational team, representing artistic, administrative, and board leadership, to participate in a series of six interactive workshops designed to uncover and...
2018
Initiative
Staging Change
Amount
$3,000
Term
12 months
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in collaboration with Compañia Carmen Romero and Jaberi Dance Theatre, to support their Stage 1 organizational team, representing artistic, administrative, and board leadership, to...
2018
Initiative
Staging Change
Amount
$3,000
Term
12 months
Learn More
to support their Stage 1 organizational team, representing artistic, administrative, and board leadership, to participate in a series of six interactive workshops designed to uncover and...
2018
Initiative
Staging Change
Amount
$3,000
Term
12 months
Learn More
to support their Stage 1 organizational team, representing artistic, administrative, and board leadership, to participate in a series of six interactive workshops designed to uncover and...
2018
Initiative
Staging Change
Amount
$3,000
Term
12 months
Learn More
to support their Stage 1 organizational team, representing artistic, administrative, and board leadership, to participate in a series of six interactive workshops designed to uncover and...
2018
Initiative
Staging Change
Amount
$3,000
Term
12 months
Learn More
to support their Stage 1 organizational team, representing artistic, administrative, and board leadership, to participate in a series of six interactive workshops designed to uncover and...
2018
Initiative
Staging Change
Amount
$3,000
Term
12 months
Learn More
to support their Stage 1 organizational team, representing artistic, administrative, and board leadership, to participate in a series of six interactive workshops designed to uncover and...
2018
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