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Financial Literacy 101 Workshop for Theater Ensembles and Small Arts Organizations
The Goat Farm Arts Center
Atlanta, GA
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Financial Literacy 101 Workshop for Theater Ensembles and Small Arts Organizations

March 23: Workshop from 10am-4pm (with a one-hour lunch break)
March 24 & 25: Optional 45-minute private coaching sessions, by appointment

$100 (non-NET Members)
$75 (NET members)

Registration fee includes both the half-day workshop (5 hours) and an additional private coaching session (45 minutes)

Limit 12 participants. 1 person per organization please.

Designed to empower ensembles and small arts organizations, this participatory artist-focused seminar increases attendees' comfort, confidence, comprehension, and competency levels by sharing the basic tools needed to manage the financial "business" of artmaking. It provides an introductory-level overview of the financial components involved in operating an arts organization, including:

-- Planning (chart of accounts, budgeting, cash flow projections);

-- Day-to-day fiscal management (receivables, payables, deposits, bookkeeping, bank reconciliation, financial controls and policies);

-- Reporting (tools for evaluation and review by staff/company members, boards, and external stakeholders, and how to use these tools internally to guide your decision making).

Led by NET Managing Director Alisha Tonsic, the session is designed for a small group, in order to ensure an intimate, comfortable setting and time for personal attention. Participants receive in-class handouts, as well as a take-home USB drive loaded with templates, forms, and resource materials that they can put to use immediately with their companies. In addition, participants receive a one-on-one private consultation to access tailored coaching and direct responses to their specific questions and concerns.


Alisha Tonsic is Managing Director for the Network of Ensemble Theaters (NET), where she has been on staff since 2009 and was Board Treasurer from 2006-2009.  She also works as an independent non-profit arts management consultant focusing on the unique needs of small- and mid-sized companies. Alisha has over 20 years experience in arts administration, gained through general management, finance, fundraising, and literary management positions at organizations that include American Repertory Theatre (MA), Berkeley Repertory Theatre (CA), Manhattan Theatre Club (NY), McCarter Theatre (NJ), and Theatre Communications Group (NY). From 2003-2012, she served as the first Managing Director for Sojourn Theatre, working in partnership with the ensemble and founding Artistic Director Michael Rohd. Alisha was one of two managers selected nationally as a "future theatre leader" in the inaugural round of the TCG New Generations Program in 2001, and has served as a member of Theatre Bay Area's Theatre Services Committee. She has a BA in Theatre and in English from Barnard College, Columbia University, and is based in Portland, Oregon.

This workshop is part of Ensembles ABCs, a program of the Network of Ensemble Theaters that is designed to provide professional development training and build capacity within ensembles and other small arts organizations.  NET is a coalition of America's theater ensembles (, preserving the legacy and sustainability of ensemble practice.  

The Ensembles ABCs Program is made possible with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Collective Project, Inc.
The Goat Farm Art Center



The Goat Farm Arts Center (View)
1200 Foster Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
United States

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