Public Programs

With a unique grant from the David Rockefeller Fund, in spring 2017/18, VG launched a series of social justice-focused free events. Grounded in the civic dramaturgy method that VG pioneered, these Public Programs enhance the audience experience by connecting our theater to the world beyond the stage. Public Programs use our plays to ignite important civic conversations and spur action on current issues and public policies. We are using the art of theater to draw out and amplify stories that are urgent to our Chicago communities and asking: How can our theater be a catalyst for change?

With the covid-19 pandemic and renewed focus on racial equity, inclusivity, and access needs in the theater community, Public Programs went online in 2020–recordings of all events are available below.

Five people sitting and speaking onstage during a Social Justice discussion

Upcoming Public Programs

There are currently no upcoming Public Programs, but check back soon!

Past Public Programs

The Redline Project
May 23, 2021
Theater and Accessibility: A Panel Discussion
Feb 27, 2021