Audience Engagement

We offer several ways for you to engage with us outside of productions. Learn about our audience engagement programs below.

Five Minutes to Place: The Podcast

Welcome to Five Minutes to Places, our new biweekly podcast in which we will explore current themes and trends in the American theatre, discuss show development with the creative teams, talk with community leaders about related subjects, and more. Five Minutes to Places is produced by members of the Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Management program in the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance at Wayne State University, under the producing entity, Theatre and Dance at Wayne.


Take a deep dive into stories that we’re sharing from behind-the-scenes as our students write and create content that speaks to their experiences.


The Audacity to Emote: IGTV Series

The Audacity to Emote: Exploring Expression hosted by Devon Redmond will give an in depth look at both the process and people behind this season’s innovative work. The aim for this series is to expose a simple truth: the act of creation is magical and heroic. New episodes come out biweekly on IGTV.

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Apple Discussion Series

The Apple Discussion Series is inspired by The Apple Award, funded by the Nederlander family and named for the family matriarch, Sarah Applebaum Nederlander. This evolution of the Apple Award program will feature online experiences where audiences will hear from actors, designers, managers, producers, and more from the American theatre. This season, we are pleased to be featuring 8 guests, with the possibility of more being added during the Winter 2021 semester. These events are open to the public, free of charge, and will include a moderated discussion and a Q&A with the guest.

Past Apple Award recipients include: Elaine Stritch, Neil Simon, Jeffrey Seller, Carol Channing, Mandy Patinkin, Patti Lupone, and Phylicia Rashad.

Movement Matters: Friday Dance Symposiums

Join Dr. RAS Mikey Courtney for these Friday morning dance symposiums where he invites special guests into the Zoom room for a discussion about dance, their career, and the challenges of creativity. Stick around for a Q&A with students from the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance.

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Reading Circle

Returning Summer 2021!

As part of our Audience Engagement programs and our commitment to our We Will accountability statement, we are initiating our Reading Circle. Everyone is welcome to join us. Simply complete the registration form. With each book, we’ll offer Zoom or in-person conversations (when possible) where we can gather and discuss themes.

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