Changes which might come about in theaters once the plague is over may affect ways in which audiences see and experience the art. To prepare patrons for these changes, Theater J will be offering the series “How to Become a Raised-Consciousness Audience Member” for four Thursdays, beginning August 13.
Rachel Grossman, a DC director, collaborative playwright and performer, will conduct the Zoom classes, which will run from 3:30 pm to 5 pm. Each week will feature a different guest. Those announced: DC Theatre Artist Daniela Drakes, Omaha-based actor and activist Katherine MacHolmes, and Bea Udeh, a U.K.-based writer, poet and producer.
“In this interactive class, participants will examine definitions of theater, bias, intersectionality, audience agency, types of engagement, cultures of arts participation, and how to create engaging, personal experiments to develop your ability to critically consider race and identity in theatrical performances,” the company announced. “This class is for everyone looking to become a more culturally and identity-informed patron. Lessons will include visits from guest artists, short readings and/or videos, and the ability for out-of-class discussion in a private Facebook group.”
How to Become a Raised-Consciousness Audience Member will cost $149, or $129 for Theater J subscribers and Angel-level donors. Class size is limited to 20, and the registration deadline is August 12 at noon.