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Season 5 Episode 4 of The Dramatists Guild Presents: TALKBACK podcast is now available to download!

Discover why the American theatre canon is not a static entity!

In this episode, Guthrie Artistic Director Joseph Haj speaks with Talkback host Christine Toy Johnson about how his theatre seeks to include both traditional classics and new works to diversify and educate the audience in each theatre season. He also shares how the Guthrie's non-homogenous creative team policy works and how other theatres can be motivated to incorporate this practice into their goals for access and inclusion as well. 

In the fifth season of The Dramatists Guild Presents: Talkback, which launched on October 23, we examine how we can challenge the status quo. Our six episodes explore how we can expand the canon and reconsider which plays are taught, read, programmed, and used to define the idea of what constitutes a classic in American theatre. How can we be intentional in the ways that we make space for diverse, and inclusive stories, while also reimagining the often produced ones, so that the American landscape of storytelling is truly reflective of the gorgeous tapestry of people who inhabit it?

This season of Talkback was produced by Amy VonMacek and Christine Toy Johnson, with postproduction by John Marshall Media. The music is composed by Andrea Daly. Talkback is a production of the Dramatists Guild of America and is distributed by The Broadway Podcast Network. 

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