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On Sunday, November 3rd, we're pleased to present a local group of experts on menstrual health and period equity in a free panel discussion, titled “Let’s Talk, Period: Period Stigma, Period Equity, and the Period Movement”. The discussion will occur immediately following that day's 1:00 PM performance of FORM OF A GIRL UNKNOWN. The dynamic lineup—composed of academics, activists, and lobbyists, includes:


  • Donna Baluchi– Medical Library Supervisor, University of Utah’s Eccles Health Sciences Library
  • Emma Gillett – Director of Outreach, The Policy Project
  • Anna Mae – Chapter President, PERIOD Salt Lake City
  • Lupita Mendez – Senior, Wasatch High School and Member, Wasatch and Summit County Teen Council 


  • Ocean Candler – Community Health Educator, Planned Parenthood Association of Utah
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From Left to Right: Emma Gillett, Anna Mae, Lupita Mendez, Donna Baluchi, and Ocean Candler

Those who are interested in attending need only show up to the theatre for the discussion—no ticket necessary. The panel commences at 2:45 PM.

FORM OF A GIRL UNKNOWN runs through November 17th. Tickets to the production can be obtained here or by calling SLAC’s box office at 801.363.7522. Group, senior, student, and 30 and under tickets are available.


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Thursday, 28 February 2019 13:05

FREE PANEL DISCUSSION: Equality & Marriage



Join Salt Lake Acting Company and an esteemed panel of experts as we further explore the themes in Bekah Brunstetter's THE CAKE. The panel, titled “Equality & Marriage: LGBTQ+ & Religious Rights in 2019,” will occur immediately following the March 3rd matinee of THE CAKE. The unique lineup--a delegation of artists, activists, and academics, includes thought leaders from Utah's LGBTQ+ and religious communities:

  • Rob Moolman– Executive Director, Utah Pride Center
  • Holly Tuckett – Documentary Filmmaker, Church & State
  • Erika Munson – Co-Founder, Mormons Building Bridges
  • Eileen Chanza Torres, PhD – Asst. Professor of English and Gender Studies, Westminster College

Marina Gomberg, a human rights activist and columnist for The Salt Lake Tribune, will moderate.

THE CAKE tells the story of Della, the best baker in a politically-red North Carolina town, who is faced with a decision that pits her faith against family when she is asked to bake a wedding cake for two women. The panel discussion is intended to compliment the themes of the play, representing parties from both sides of the aisle both politically and religiously.                                                                                                                            

Those who are interested in attending need only show up to the theatre for the discussion—no ticket necessary. The panel commences at 3:00pm and will be broadcast on Facebook Live via SLAC’s Facebook page.

The Cake runs through March 10th. Tickets can be obtained via tickets.saltlakeactingcompany.org or by calling SLAC’s box office at 801.363.7522.


This event has received funding from Utah Humanities (UH). UH empowers Utahns to improve their communities through active engagement in the humanities.

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Join us for a free panel discussion based on the themes of THE WOLVES by Sarah DeLappe

Sunday, November 4 @ 2:45 PM

Upstairs Theatre - SLAC 

Also streamed via our Facebook page

Admission is complimentary and no reservations are required.


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Our panel discussion, entitled “Barbie Dolls and Soccer Balls: External Expressions of Femininity and How We Internalize Them,” will bring together diverse experts from around Salt Lake County to take an in-depth look at the themes of THE WOLVES. Set on an indoor soccer field, THE WOLVES chronicles the warm-ups of a teenage girls’ soccer team, with all the physical, mental, and emotional waves that come along with being a young female athlete. The characters are funny and smart. The lightning fast dialogue flows and overlaps, challenging the audience to lean in to the fiery dynamics of the team. A deceptively simple setting lays the foundation for a play that examines the intricacies, excitement, and complexity of being a teenage girl in today’s society.

Playwright Sarah DeLappe said: "I wanted to see a portrait of teenage girls as human beings – as complicated, nuanced, very idiosyncratic people who weren't just girlfriends or sex objects or manic pixie dream girls but who were athletes and daughters and students and scholars and people who were trying actively to figure out who they were in this changing world around them."

SLAC’s panel discussions are an opportunity for audience members to gain an understanding of themselves in relation to the issues presented on stage, connecting the play to the community, and exploring questions through a range of lenses represented by panelists who differ in political, social, academic, vocational, and lived experiences and perspectives. The central humanitarian themes in this discussion will be Cultural Studies, Social Movements, Philosophy/Ethics, and Communication/Interpretation. Panel members will include:

  • Catherine Heiner, MA, Literary Cultural Studies | Carnegie Mellon University, Dramaturg, THE WOLVES (Moderator)
  • Staci Delaney-Crimson Club Hall of Fame Inductee, Women’s Soccer
  • Jenny Mackenzie-Documentary Film Maker, “Kick Like A Girl”
  • Theresa Martinez, Ph.D-Professor, University of Utah Sociology Department
  • Meghan McGinnis-Director of External Affairs, Her Campus, University of Utah


This event has received funding from Utah Humanities (UH). UH empowers Utahns to improve their communities through active engagement in the humanities.
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