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CSAR: Summer 2021 Conversation Series

Summer Conversation Series

Following on from their successful conversation series last summer, CSAR is excited to announce two events for summer 2021!

Anyone is welcome to join the current directors of the Centre for Spectatorship and Audience Research (Kelsey Jacobson, Kelsey Blair, and Scott Mealey) for lightly structured discussion on two topics, listed below.

Come to one, or attend both. There’s no preparation or reading required in advance – simply bring your questions, provocations, and experiences.

CONVERSATION 1: How Do We Do This Again? Reconsidering Interaction

June 15, 2:00-3:30pm EST

The explosion of digital theatre coupled with the (tentative and uneven) return of in-person performance has prompted renewed consideration of how we as theatremakers and theatre scholars understand interaction: What constitutes interactivity in these varied performance sites? How do we (newly?) conceptualize participation, presence, relationality, and community? Drawing on experiences attending performances over the past year, we will discuss the audience experience and renegotiations of interaction in pre-, post-, and COVID times.

CONVERSATION 2: So You Want to do Audience Research?

July 15, 2:00-3:30pm EST

For this event we’re doing something a little different in preparation for an exciting Fall 2021 announcement… We’ll focus on the practicalities and considerations necessary when conducting audience research: What are the benefits and challenges of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods studies? What ethics must be considered, what access is available, and how can scholars, artists, and organizations responsibly conduct audience and spectatorship studies? What disciplines beyond theatre, performance, and dance might offer valuable insight? Bring your questions; we will share the projects we are currently working on and encourage others to also share their work.


All Conversations will hosted on Zoom
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