audience engagement


Studio produces plays that start conversations. Over his first several seasons, Artistic Director David Muse has tripled the resources we invest in our audience engagement programs. Studio believes that theatre is an empathy-creating endeavor—watching an actor embody someone’s story on stage can kindle a connection that is ultimately more persuasive than reading about a situation, a crisis, or a cultural moment. To capitalize on theatre’s capacity to show similarities and differences across an audience, Studio is committed to providing forums for lively conversations about the themes and context of a particular play, alongside opportunities for our audience to connect with the people who craft these plays.

We offer a variety of ways for audiences to engage with the plays, process, and people behind the work on our stages.

  • Artists in Conversation Series, dialogues with the Studio’s actors, directors, and playwrights. (You can purchase a five-play subscription to the After-Show Discussion with the Cast Saturday or Sunday matinee series.)
  • Plays in Context Series, conversations with scholars and community members that explore the themes and context of Studio’s plays.
  • PostScript, a new series of candid and invigorating conversations about Studio’s Subscription Series plays, like a book club for plays.

 

Events for the 2019-2020 season

doubt
 

After-Show Discussions with the Cast 
September 15, 2019 after the 2pm matinee
September 28, 2019 after the 2pm matinee 

Join actors from Doubt for a lively conversation about rehearsing and performing the play.  Part of Studio's Artists in Conversation Series. 

PostScript

Sunday, October 6, 2019 after the 2pm matinee

Go deeper with this series of candid and invigorating conversations about our Main Series productions, like a book club for plays.

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white pearl
 

After-Show Discussions with the Cast
November 17, 2019, after the 2pm matinee
November 30, 2019 after the 2pm matinee


Join actors from White Pearl for a lively conversation about rehearsing and performing the play. Part of Studio's Artists in Conversations Series.

PostScript
Sunday, December 8, 2019 after the 2pm matinee

Go deeper with this series of candid and invigorating conversations about our Main Series productions, like a book club for plays.

Migration, Colorism, and White Pearl: A Theater and Policy Salon (conversation) on Refuge, Journey, and Compassion
Hosted at Studio Theatre, in partnership with the Australian Embassy
Thursday, November 21, 2019 after the 8pm performance

Studio Theatre will host one of this season’s Theater and Policy Salon (TPS) conversations as part of TPS’s season-long series on “Refuge, Journey, and Compassion”, which focuses on migrants both as sufferers of displacement as well as courageous individuals who take control of destiny in the face of substantial risks.   

The discussion will focus on definitions of national identity and their interactions with race, ethnicity, and skin color.    Thai-Australian playwright Anchuli Felicia King explores and explodes Asian identities in her play. This conversation will be framed by questions about Australia’s role in Asia and the end of the so-called “White Australia” policy and the vibrant multicultural society of Australia today. Part of the Theater and Policy Salon’s season-long series on “Refuge, Journey, and Compassion”.

The panel will be followed by an informal gathering featuring Australian refreshments and a chance to talk further about the issues of inclusion, national identity, and migration. Additional artists from the “Refuge, Journey, and Compassion” series will be there, including Tim Nelson, Artistic Director of InSeries, whose upcoming immersive production of  L’Enfance du Christ at the Foundry United Methodist Church focuses on migrants and compassion. Foundry’s Director of Justice Ministries Ben Roberts will also attend.

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pipeline
 

After-Show Discussions with the Cast
January 26, 2020, after the 2pm matinee
February 8, 2020, after the 2pm matinee

Join actors from Pipeline for a lively conversation about rehearsing and performing the play. Part of Studio's Artists in Conversation Series.

Culturally Responsive Teaching
​Tuesday, January 28, 2020, after the 8pm performance
A conversation with Holly Bass, National Director of Turnaround Arts

Join Turnaround Arts’ program directors as they discuss the importance of culturally responsive teaching, arts education, and the role of teachers and principals in helping students overcome some of the hurdles they face.

Theatre and Policy Salon: Attainment, Fulfillment, and Resilience
Thursday, January 30, 2020, after the 8pm performance
A panel discussion moderated by Michael Feldman

In an educational paradigm in which young people of color either escape their communities by amassing academic credentials or remain trapped on a path to poverty and prison, this conversation explores the question, “How does superstar culture in the U.S. seduce and fail young people from challenged backgrounds and struggling communities, while diverting attention and urgency from systemic obstacles and problems?” A panel will look at policies to support and nurture the aspirations of all young people in the community, not just superstars – especially building structures to catch kids when they fall.

Pipeline and Black Lives Matter at School
Friday, February 7, 2020, after the 8pm performance
A conversation with Allyson Criner Brown and Ashley Williams

Join Teaching for Change’s Associate Director Allyson Criner Brown and history teacher and BYP100 member Ashley Williams for a discussion of Pipeline and connections to the annual Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action (February 3-7, 2020). The National Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action campaign takes place annually in cities across the US to promote a set of national demands based in the Black Lives Matter guiding principles that focus on improving the school experience for students of color. Dominique Morisseau’s drama looks at systems of racism and discrimination in both public and independent high schools, and dovetails with the BLM @ School campaign’s goal to civically engage students and build their empathy, collaboration, and agency so they are able to thrive. A closing event for the 2020 Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action in D.C., coordinated by D.C. Area Educators for Social Justice, a project of Teaching for Change.  

Exploring Restorative Practice in Schools 
Monday, February 10, 2020, at DC Public Library - Shaw Branch, 5pm 
A workshop led by Restorative DC 
Through game-play and discussion, learn about the impact of the school-to-prison pipeline on students and the work of Restorative DC. Restorative DC offers training to DC public and charter schools through intensive, trauma-informed, collaborative, customized, onsite, and locally based technical support in order to lower incidents of conflict and harm, reduce the use of suspensions and expulsions, increase school performance, and center the school community around relationships, inclusivity, and accountability.

Restorative Justice Practice in Schools
Wednesday, February 12, 2020, after the 8pm performance
A Conversation with Tarek Maassarani of Restorative DC

Explore Restorative Justice as an alternative discipline practice. Learn about work Restorative DC does to support selected DCPS and public charter schools in whole-school implementation of Restorative Justice practices and culture change. 

PostScript
Sunday, February 16, 2020 after the 2pm matinee

Go deeper with this series of candid and invigorating conversations about our Main Series productions, like a book club for plays.

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pass over
 

After-Show Discussions with the Cast
March 15, 2020, after the 2pm matinee
March 28, 2020, after the 2pm matinee


Join actors from Pass Over for a lively conversation about rehearsing and performing the play. Part of Studio's Artists in Conversation Series.

PostScript
Sunday, April 5, 2020 after the 2pm matinee

Go deeper with this series of candid and invigorating conversations about our Main Series productions, like a book club for plays.

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fun home
 

After-Show Discussions with the Cast
May 24, 2020, after the 2pm matinee
June 6, 2020, after the 2pm matinee


Join actors from Fun Home for a lively conversation about rehearsing and performing the play. Part of our Artists in Conversation Series.

PostScript
Sunday, June 14, 2020 after the 2pm matinee

Go deeper with this series of candid and invigorating conversations about our Main Series productions, like a book club for plays.

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