Season 33

Symposium Series

Immediately following each regular performance, we will invite the audience to stay for a discussion centered on questions raised by the performance.  Some discussions will feature different community guests who offer distinct perspectives. Others will feature artists from the production team, and some will simply be a moderated conversation with the audience. Below is the current schedule for the Principal Principle Symposium Series (some dates still subject to change):

Saturday, April 19: Our guest is Jeanne Robinson
Jeanne and her family have been involved with the Chicago Public Schools since 1990 when the first Local School Councils were established. Her children attended CPS schools since 1992 and she has been employed as a Primary Grade Coordinator, Kindergarten Teacher and Special Education Teacher from 1999 to the present.

Sunday, April 20th: A moderated discussion with the audience.

Thursday, April 24: Our guest is Anne Schafer
Anne is a Reading Specialist for the University of Chicago Charter School. She worked as a classroom teacher and reading coach in Chicago Public Schools for 14 years.

Friday, April 25: A panel of City College instructors
Patrick Ham is a tenured Assistant Professor in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Wilbur Wright College and has been teaching since 2007. Theresa Ham is an Adjunct Instructor in the Visual and Performing Arts Department at Wilbur Wright College. Jason Fleece is also an Adjunct Instructor at Wilbur Wright College, Oakton Community College, and DePaul University.

Saturday, April 26: Our guest is Yuval Trachtenberg
Yuval Trachtenberg, a graduate of Lake Forest College, is the Vice-President of School Relations at Cambridge Educational Services.

Sunday, April 20th: Subscriber Appreciation Sunday
Subscribers are invited to bring a guest for free and join the cast for a reception and discussion after the performance. 

Thursday, May 1: Our guest is Asif Wilson
Asif is currently an instructor of pre-service teachers in urban education programs at the University of Illinois and the University of Chicago, where he received his master’s degree and is pursuing his PhD. Prior to moving into teacher education, he served as a 7th/8th grade science teacher in CPS.

Friday, May 2: Our guest is Amanda Dunne
Amanda is the Director of Education at Northlight Theatre and has been teaching in Chicago Public Schools since 2008.

Saturday, May 3: A discussion with the playwright and director.

Sunday, May 4: Our guest is Scott Woldman
Scott is a graduate of the Urban Teacher Corp – a consortium of DePaul University, Columbia University, and the Peace Corp. He is the Executive Director of the Classroom Teachers Council Dist. 15 and teaches eighth grade language arts in Rolling Meadows.

Thursday, May 8: A discussion with the playwright, director and cast. 

Friday, May 9: Our guest is Lori Gentry
Lori is a library media specialist at Saucedo Elementary and has served as a traveling librarian at various CPS schools.

Saturday, May 10: Our guest is Alexandra Fliess
Alexandra is a social worker by training but is currently the Dean of Students for an alternative program in the south suburbs.

Sunday, May 11: A moderated discussion with the audience.

Thursday, May 15: Our guest is Scout Bratt
Scout teaches comprehensive sexual health in CPS through her work at Chicago Women’s Health Center and also teaches at Catharsis Productions.

Friday, May 16: A moderated discussion with the audience.

Saturday, May 17: Our guest is Liz Radzicki
Liz is a Chicago-based educator with over ten years of experience working with young people through the arts.

Sunday, May 18: Our guest is Mary Cobb
After 20 years of teaching at Ray School, a Chicago public elementary school in Hyde Park, Mary is recently, happily retired