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A free conversation series with local scholars and community members that explores our productions’ themes and contexts.

Theatre as community.

Join us before select performances for ETC Essentials, a free conversation series facilitated by our Director of Education and featuring experts on topics covered within the play. Discussions begin an hour before curtain and run 30 to 45 minutes. These events are free to attend but registration is encouraged.

ETC Essentials

Upcoming events

October 2, 2022 at 1:00 pm

As much as we like to believe that our ideas of labor and working conditions in the United States are constantly evolving, we see in Sweat that some things are slow to change. Join us for a conversation on local labor movements and how race, class, gender, and disability continue to shape our working lives.

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Grand Horizons
January 29, 2023 at 1:00 pm

Do you trust the old adages “never go to bed angry” or “love means never having to say you’re sorry”? Hear from marriage and family counselors as they parse the good relationship advice from the bad and all the funny anecdotes in between.

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Morning Sun
March 12, 2023 at 1:00 pm

Art has the mysterious power to transport us across worlds and generate nostalgia and empathy. Why have some paintings, such as Edward Hopper’s Morning Sun, resonated with generation after generation? Join visual artists to discuss how art can be used to reflect the universal human experience in a raw and beautiful way.

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Who All Over There?
April 23, 2023 at 1:00 pm

Relationships can be complicated, even on stage. As our society progresses, new roles are being established in the theatre community to address cultural nuances and physical and emotional safety on stage. Learn from local intimacy coaches and cultural consultants about their role in the theatre and why it is so vital.



Maytag Virgin
June 11, 2023 at 1:00 pm

With the rise of social media, dating apps, and online communication, we have begun to lose the power of the love letter. Learn from local writers and love experts about the art of the written “woo-rd” and how to compose perfect love letters for the special people in your life.


Photo credits | Ticket Discounts, Nick Cearley in Buyer and Cellar (Ryan Kurtz); Volunteer, Pamela Myers, Justin McCombs, Carter Bratton, & Dale Hodges in Ripcord (Ryan Kurtz); Gift Vouchers, Sara Mackie, Denise Devlin, Brooke Steele, & Mia Gentile in Winter Wonderettes.