Immediately following each Sunday matinee, we will invite the audience to stay for a discussion centered on questions raised by the performance. Discussions will feature community guests who offer distinct perspectives or artists from the production team. Below is the current schedule for the Mutt Symposium Series (some dates still subject to change):
Sunday, January 17th: Our guest will be Debbie Liu.
Debbie Liu received her Master in Public Health (MPH) and Bachelor of Science (BS) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is currently a Community Development Coordinator at the Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community (CBCAC) where she works on civic engagement and advocacy issues for the Chinese Americans living in Chicago.
Sunday, January 24th: Subscriber Appreciation Sunday
Stage Left subscribers may bring a friend for free. All patrons are invited to a meet and greet with the cast and pizza!
Sunday, January 31st: Our guests will be Phyllis Liu and Kathleen Yang-Clayton.
Phyllis Liu graduated with a B.A. in Theatre Performance from University of Maryland, College Park. She also holds a minor in Korean studies and East Asian studies. Currently, as an AmeriCorps VISTA member, she works as the Community Outreach Coordinator for CBCAC, Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community.
Kathleen Yang-Clayton is the Deputy Director at Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Chicago. Her campaign and policy work has focused on IL state funding for Hepatitis B for foreign-born populations, voting rights and language access. Her voting rights work resulted in the passage of IL landmark legislation that expanded access to underserved communities in many election reforms. Dr. Yang-Clayton received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Chicago and an M.S. in Natural Resource and Agricultural Economics from the University of Arizona. She serves on committees and commissions for the City of Chicago, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, and the Institute for Translational Medicine at the University of Chicago.
Sunday, February 7th: Our guest will be Jamil Khoury
Jamil Khoury is the Founding Artistic Director of Chicago’s Silk Road Rising, an award-winning theatre company committed to promoting Asian American and Middle Eastern American playwrights, and to advancing conversations about culture and representation in American theatre. Khoury is the 2015 recipient of the Community Leader Award from the Association for Asian American Studies, the 2013 recipient of the Actor’s Equity Association’s Kathryn V. Lamkey Award for promoting diversity and inclusion in theatre, and the 2010 recipient of the 3Arts Artist Award for Playwriting.