Host: Joseph Pace
Producer: Lisa Denenmark
Historically the theater has been one of the ways people got information, engaged with others, and built community. Now, as theater competes with other and faster news sources, from the Internet to mic checks in the Occupy movement, what is the role of theater in the Bay Area? Who is going to the theater? What communities are seeing themselves reflected—or not? How are Bay Area theater organizations balancing their artistic visions with the unprecedented stress driven by the loss and reduction of financial support? And how are they drawing in a new audience?
Sean San José. He is a staff member of Intersection for the Arts, the Program Director of the Performance Program, and one of the co-founders of resident company Campo Santo.
Karen D'Souza, theater critic for the Bay Area Newspaper Group. She has twice sat on the Pulitzer Prize drama jury, has served as vice chair for the American Theatre Critics Association, and her writing has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times and American Theatre Magazine.