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The Public ArenaCreating Dynamic Dialogues

Deepening audiences’ engagement with the work on stage while fostering community and collaboration throughout Arena Stage; connecting staff and stakeholders to our artistic vision and mission. 

The Public Arena creates and maintains a dynamic dialogue between our artists, audiences and staff about the work on stage and the mission of Arena Stage. Through activities including post-show conversations, panel discussions following select performances, online blog articles and community partnerships tied to the work onstage, the Public Arena further activates Arena Stage as a public forum and strengthens the sense of community throughout the Mead Center for American Theater. Specific offerings tied to each show will include:

Engage@arenastage: Panel discussions featuring experts in the content/ideas presented in the performance. Discussions are open to the public and audiences. Audiences are encouraged to come in specifically for the panel as well as to stay after the show.

Community Partnerships: Arena Stage partners with other organizations to create artistic “collisions” in the community, when the work on Arena’s stages intersect and inform other community offerings.Recent examples include collaboration with the Phillips Collection on a Mark Rothko exhibit during Arena’s presentation of Red and incorparating community partners as guest moderators during our post show conversations following every performance of Disgraced. These activities create conversations around the ideas/content beyond the walls of the building.

Post-Show Conversations: These innovative in-depth discussions of issues raised by the work come in a wide variety of forms, from the more traditional cast-based discussions to experts in subject matter related to the content of the show leading discussions.

Off Book: Arena Stage’s online forum featuring American artists at the top of their game, talking about what they do best. Actors, directors, writers, dramaturgs, designers – unscripted and unrehearsed. Off Book may be found under each production’s show page, once performances begin.