Conversations from the Classroom: Teaching Theatre Students About Access, Equity, and Inclusion

The American Civil War is the backdrop of Suzan-Lori Parks’ new play, Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3), which plays the Mark Taper Forum April 5–May 15, 2016. But this tale of a slave who must decide whether to fight in the war on the side of the Confederacy also offers insight into racial dynamics and identity issues w...

Conversations from the Classroom: Teaching Theatre Students About Access, Equity, and Inclusion

Is It a Lab or a Theatre Lobby - The Kirk Douglas Theatre Experiences with Engaging Audiences

Each time audiences enter the lobby of the Kirk Douglas Theatre, they’re taking part in an experiment that fuses ideas from theatre, the Apple Store, and game design. For The Convert in 2013, which told the story of a young woman trapped between ancient African traditions and Christianity, audiences were invited to “visually vote” for their o...

Is It a Lab or a Theatre Lobby - The Kirk Douglas Theatre Experiences with Engaging Audiences

The Art of Teaching Theatre: Creating Vibrant Post-Performance Dialogues

For many audience members, Lucas Hnath’s The Christians, which plays the Mark Taper Forum through January 10, 2016, doesn’t end when the curtain falls. In fact, the moment the actors take their bows marks the beginning of an even deeper engagement with this play about the mystery of faith: it’s when the post-show discussion begins. Instead of...

The Art of Teaching Theatre: Creating Vibrant Post-Performance Dialogues