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Thursday, October 23, 2008

On any given night at the American Conservatory Theater, the role of the audience is played by a distinct and varied group of people. A thousand pairs of eyes, a thousand held breaths, a thousand different reactions that can alter and inform the action that takes place on the stage. The cliché that there would be no theater if there were no audience is in fact true, and as our audience, each of you is a permanent and integral part of the artistic process at A.C.T. But it is also true that if there were not a vast cast of artists, artisans, trustees, staff, faculty, and students to work behind the scenes, there would be no A.C.T. In this forum we hope to pull back the curtain and give you, our audience, the opportunity to look into our shops, stages, studios, and offices and interact with the myriad people who make live theater happen at A.C.T.

Each week, a member of the A.C.T. community will initiate a post about the role he or she plays as a part of this organization. You will have the opportunity to discuss, reflect, and share your thoughts in our comment section—we welcome all input and simply ask that you please refrain from comments that are offensive in nature.

It is our audience that informs everything we do, challenging us to produce theater that is thought provoking and intense as well as entertaining; our hope is to extend the collaborative nature of that relationship into this new electronic landscape. We aim to create a safe space for a thoughtful and honest discussion about the working lives of theater professionals—our artistic process, the challenges we come up against, our ambitions and intentions in creating live theater and running a conservatory—throughout all aspects of the company, and from various points of view, and we look forward to having you along for the ride.

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