The Boston Foundation will host Diane Paulus, Artistic Director of the American Repertory Theatre (A.R.T.) and Elizabeth Streb, Artistic Director of the Streb Laboratory for Action Mechanics (S.L.A.M.) at a special discussion forum called “Performance and Participation: the Art of Audience Engagement,” on Thursday, May 27, 8:30 to 10:30 AM.
The discussion will explore audience engagement as not just a marketing effort, but an artistic challenge. For this, Diane Paulus, whose flourishes at the A.R.T. have included a disco adaptation of Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth reimagined as an immersive audience adventure, is a perfect fit. Elizabeth Streb brings a similar verve to engagement – the doors of her Brooklyn-based dance company are literally open to anyone who wants to experience it. Catherine Peterson from ArtsBoston will moderate.