Episode #11: Community Engagement/Journalism with Jenn Smith
For my eleventh episode of Theatre Book Club, I’ll be chatting with the amazing Jenn Smith, who covers education and community engagement for The Berkshire Eagle and is a regular panelist on WAMC’s Roundtable. In many ways building on my conversation with Stacy Wolf, Jenn and I will be exploring the way that her focus on community and education intersects with mine, theatre and the arts. This discussion is particularly relevant today as we consider whether the role of theatre in communities and schools will increase or decrease in significance in light of both the global pandemic and the national reckoning regarding persistent racial injustice. We’ll also discuss the ways that theatre and journalism can intersect, and have intersected in the past, in the service of truth-telling and protest. This conversation is also particularly intriguing to me right now given the fact that our times have been categorized as “post-truth,” as well as the recent shake-ups at large, national newsrooms. We’ll discuss all this and more — including lighter fare like Jenn’s favorite Berkshire theatre experiences, local eats, and hikes — on Monday. Tune in!
Each week, Katie will feature a new guest from the theatre community and discuss either the guest’s favorite play/musical or a play/musical with which they have been highly involved professionally. Katie and her guest will discuss questions they had in reading the play, the transition from the reading of a play to putting it on its feet in performance, and interact with the audience: like the casual, theatre book club you never had!
Age group: High school and up.
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