Immediately following each Sunday matinee, we will invite the audience to stay for a discussion centered on questions raised by the performance. Each Sunday will feature artists from the show or community guests who offer distinct perspectives. Below is the current schedule for the Pygmalion Symposium Series:
Admission to the Symposium Series is free, but it is recommended that attendees have seen the production in order to fully appreciate and participate in the discussion.
Sunday, January 13th: Is language changing too quickly? When language changes, does it matter?
With guest Lauren Ackerman. Lauren received a B.A. in Linguistics from Boston University and an M.A. in Linguistics from Northwestern University. She is currently pursuing a PhD at Northwestern, focusing on how the melody of speech affects how the human brain interprets sentence structure. In her spare time, she draws, sculpts, and consumes digital media.
Sunday, January 20th: Subscriber appreciation event: Subscribers are invited to bring a guest to this performance for free and join the artists afterwards for a reception and discussion about the play.
Sunday, January 27th: How does Shaw’s examination of gender roles relate to contemporary gender relations?
With guest Arielle Augstyn. Arielle Augustyn holds a BFA in theater from Chicago’s CCPA Conservatory as well as a Master’s Degree in nonprofit business. She has worked with many Chicago theaters and major arts organizations in the past ten years in several capacities. For the past five years she has worked as the Outreach Coordinator for ShawChicago Theatre Company. She brings Shaw plays to schools, libraries, and many different venues in the Chicagoland area. Most notably, Arielle often lectures on George Bernard Shaw and his fascinating life, works, and philosophies.
Sunday, February 3rd: How do the class differences in Pygmalion reflect the differences in our current culture? With guest Zachary Cook. Zachary received his doctorate in political science from Northwestern University. His research interested involve parties, campaigns and elections, money and politics and inequality. He currently teaches Introduction to American Politics and The American Presidency at DePaul University.