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The Public Theater’s PUBLIC FORUM is a space where art, ideas, and action collide. Public Forum creates exciting opportunities for communities to engage deeply with current events, original thinkers, and the most pressing questions of our time. We energize civic responsibility by inviting people from all backgrounds to share, converse, and connect.

Public Forum hosts one-night-only events, special performances, post-show discussions, and town hall conversations, as well as programming curated with the Public Shakespeare Initiative.


Post-show Conversations

Public Forum leads post-show conversations designed to deepen the audience dialogue around the work on our stages:

  • In Artist Talkbacks, members of the cast and creative team will take questions from the audience about the show and their process following selected performances during the season. 
  • Speaker Series presents 20-to-30-minute panel discussions after the performance with experts discussing a topic from the show.
  • Audience Conversations feature a member of The Public’s artistic staff leading the audience in a conversation with each other about the show and its themes and ideas.

Civic Salons

Civic Salons are a community crossroads where artists and audiences can come together to nurture our minds and our bodies. Through songs, poetry, text, and speeches, Civic Salons feature artists, activists, and organizers who are using their voices to create change in their communities. Break bread with your neighbor, raise your voice in song, and leave inspired.


Yara Shahidi at Public Forum: Power | The Public Theater