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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

In a climate of divisiveness and seclusion, Public Forum is opening its doors to invite audiences to join us every month for Civic Salons: a monthly gathering where we can come together in the spirit of community to nurture our minds and our bodies. Each month will feature a different theme and different participants who will bring readings, songs, and a keynote address— all chosen in the hopes of inspiring civic engagement and social change.


September Civic Salon

October Civic Salon


Yara Shahidi at Public Forum: Power | The Public Theater