Engagement and Education

Twin Cities students participating in Children’s Theatre Company’s Neighborhood Bridges literacy program. (Photo by Bruce Silcox)

In our fraught and divided age, many theatremakers are harkening back to theatre’s roots as a town hall, a public forum, a community gathering place. In that spirit, this year our national season preview looks at the programming surrounding the mainstage seasons, from lobby displays to pre- and post-show talkbacks, from afterschool programming to community events, as ways that theatres are using the work onstage as a springboard to educate and engage their audiences and their communities. We also survey education directors about what they’re looking forward to in the new season.