Education & Community Engagement

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Salt Lake Acting Company believes in the power of theatre to increase awareness and celebrate difference. Our passion for building relationships and being a resource to our artists, audience and community is seen through our programs.

Education

Professional Children’s Theatre: SLAC offers eight free matinee performances for Title I schoolchildren and reaches out to Salt Lake residents through literary partnerships with the Salt Lake City and County Public Libraries, schools and local bookstores. Seeing a children’s book come to life on stage ignites an excitement for reading.

University Professional Theatre Program: Since 2012, 35 university students have received professional experience at SLAC as actors, asst. stage managers, asst. directors, asst. designers, and asst. dialect coaches. The UPTP develops Utah’s future artists, bringing students one step closer to actualizing their dreams of a professional career in theatre.

Starving Student Artist Pass: At just $8 per play, current theatre students will receive a punch card that allows them to come standby for any performance during our season with a guaranteed seat. This program is conceived with the flexibility to fit the needs of a busy college artist. Also included is access to free master classes at SLAC over the course of the season, featuring prominent visiting playwrights, directors, actors, and teachers.

Community Engagement

Green Room Gallery: SLAC maintains an active gallery to showcase and sell the work of local visual artists in rotating exhibitions inspired by productions on our stage. The Green Room Gallery is a space for conversation, enjoyment, and reflection, but most importantly, it is another way for SLAC to support Utah artists.

Post-Play Discussions: Following the first Sunday matinee of each play, SLAC invites the audience to stay for a free discussion with the artistic team. Thoughtful conversation among our audience and artists brings a deeper understanding of and connection to the issues and themes particular to each play.

Panel Discussions: Free and open to the public, SLAC’s panel discussions explore the big questions raised in each play. Guided by the themes of a particular play, SLAC invites scholars and experts from the community to serve as panelists. Our audience is a vital part of these conversations, connecting the stories onstage to contemporary life. We cherish our partnership with Utah Humanities Council which supports these events.

Free ZAP Tuesdays: Thanks to Salt Lake County’s Zoo, Arts, and Parks program, Free ZAP Tuesdays allow SLAC to say thank you to our community. Free and open to the public, these nights were established to accommodate those with financial obstacles preventing them from experiencing live theatre. These free Tuesday evening performances are always well attended and warmly received. Many thanks to ZAP for supporting SLAC’s work.