Arts in Conversation

In spring 2013, Elements Theatre Company launched the “Arts in Conversation” panel series. Featuring leaders in the arts, education, religion, media and social outreach, this series aims to create broader, richer public dialogue on the power of the arts to humanize our culture.


December  2015

December 6th & 13th

Elements Theatre presents
A POUND OF FLESH:
EXPLORING QUALITIES OF MERCY WHEN ENCOUNTERING “THE OTHER”
A Series of Performances, Panel Discussions,  and Post-Show Conversations
Inspired by William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice

These 2 discussions were recorded live and will be available for sale in 2016. 

Paraclete House
Rock Harbor, Orleans MA

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January-February 2015

Elements Theatre presents
A POUND OF FLESH:
EXPLORING QUALITIES OF MERCY WHEN ENCOUNTERING “THE OTHER”
A Series of Performances, Panel Discussions, Workshops, and Post-Show Conversations
Inspired by William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice

January 24–February 24, 2015
New York City & Chicago

livestream
Watch the Panel Discussion from the Library for the Performing Arts!
Watch the Panel Discussion at East 13th Street Theater

 

Elements Theatre Company presents the 2015 “Arts in Conversation” series, an annual program launched in 2013 that brings together leaders in the arts, education, religion, media and social outreach to create public dialogue on the power of the arts to humanize our culture.

As a theatre company, our core mission is to educate and illuminate through the honest exploration of classical and classically-rooted modern theatre. We believe that theatre provides a mirror for ourselves and our society, creating a possibility for meaningful exchange over ideas that matter most deeply. In our experience, reconciliation and transformation are only possible when we clearly see and name the issues that divide us.

This winter, we present Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice as a springboard for thought-provoking conversation on “the other” in our society today. In a world torn by hatred and prejudice of many kinds, we can feel powerless to create any real change. But by creating a space for exchange, reflection, and even disagreement, we might discover truths at the core of the issues. These insights might be frightening or surprising, but they can also ignite real change.

In the Pound of Flesh series, distinguished guest panelists and the Elements cast will consider: What drives Shylock (and other “outsiders”) to such extreme measures? In what ways could we be responsible for creating a climate of persecution, rather than acceptance? What are the qualities of mercy that might turn the tide of violence, in our culture and in our relationships?


November 15th & 22nd, 2014

Saturdays, November 15th & 22nd, 2014
Paraclete House Orleans

Saturday, November 15th — Kate Snodgrass lead a talk-back with the actors following their performance of God of Carnage

Saturday, November 22nd — Nina Schuessler (Producing Artistic Director, Harwich Junior Theatre) lead a talk-back with the actors following their performance of God of Carnage


February 7th, 2014

Friday, February 7, 2014
The Players, Gramercy Park, NYC

How Shakespeare Humanizes Our Culture: The Transforming Power of His Work

On Friday, February 7 at 5:30pm, Elements Theatre Company presented their debut performance of an original work, Labyrinth: A Legacy of Language, exploring Shakespeare’s tremendous influence on playwrights through the centuries, from Sheridan to Ibsen to Stoppard. The production was a springboard for a 7:00pm panel discussion, How Shakespeare Humanizes Our Culture: The Transforming Power of His Work. Panelists included George Drance, SJ, Artist in Residence at Fordham University, Louis Colaianni, author of How to Speak Shakespeare and Teacher/Coach, Josh Cabat, Co-founder of the New York City Student Shakespeare Festival, and Danielle Dwyer, CJ, Elements Artistic Director.

View a video of the Panel

Taking place at the beginning of Shakespeare’s 450th birth anniversary year, this timely panel explores how the Bard’s work challenges the way we live as a society today. “Shakespeare has a tremendous understanding of human nature and concepts of revenge, forgiveness, accountability, making amends, and taking responsibility for our actions,” observes Danielle Dwyer, CJ, Elements Artistic Director. “His incredible grasp on the many different aspects of what it means to be human gives us a deeper, longer view on life. He understands the importance of living in harmony within ourselves and with each other.”


September 17th, 2013

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 – 7:30pm
Back Bay Events Center, Boston

Arts In Conversation
The Importance of Live Theater In Our Culture:
The Art of Making Humans More Human

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PANELISTS:
JARED BOWEN, WGBH Executive Arts Editor
JULIE HENNRIKUS, Executive Director of StageSource
JOYCE KULHAWIK, President of the Boston Theater Critics Association
GEORGIA LYMAN, Elliot Norton Award-winning actress
FR. THOMAS KANE, Professor at Boston College

Moderated by SR. DANIELLE DWYER, Elements Artistic Director

In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing and other violence in schools and in our culture, this is a pivotal time to shine new light on the power of the arts to redeem tragedy, cultivate empathy, and provide personal connection in our digital age. Using a performance of Yasmina Reza’s The God of Carnage as a springboard, panelists will discuss how live theater creates community and provides a vehicle for catharsis that can heal and transform individuals.

View a video of the Panel

 


March 4th, 2013

“Highlights: How Do the Arts Humanize Culture?”

On March 4th Elements Theatre hosted a panel discussion on this question. Our director, Sr Danielle Dwyer, moderated a varied panel of NYC experts.

PANELISTS:
PETER FILICHIA, esteemed New York theater critic and author
LARISA GELMAN, Director of Educational Outreach, 92nd Street Y
MAURICIO SALGADO, Director of Domestic Programs, Artists Striving to End Poverty (ASTEP)

It was both engaging and enlightening.
Check it out.

Listen to Complete Panel Discussion