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Beyond Conversation

Enhance your theatre experience

Skylight’s Beyond Conversation has become a destination for people that want more from their theater experience. Invited guest discussions are currently being offered on YouTube on Skylight Theatre Company's Skylight LIVE channel.  To experience the live discussion, watch on the scheduled date and time. Recordings remain online as a public resource.

Always free. Reservations make watching easier. Your watch link is provided via email and reminder emails can be provided if you select to receive emails during the reservation checkout process.

Check out our schedule of intriguing topics and special guests

Current Season: (new and recent events)

Category Is: Gender Play (August 16, 7:00pm PT)

In the age of Drag Race and the legacy of Ball Culture, gender play has become wildly popular in the mainstream.

Join us with moderator Noga Yechieli Wind along with our esteemed panelists as we discuss and explore the performance of gender in the modern day and how the idea of gender is an act, or performance in itself.
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Thicc, Black, & Ready to Love (August 30, 7:00 pm PT)

Is loving your body enough to feel safe in the world?

While the LGBTQIA+ community has experienced increased societal acceptance, it has also become more susceptible to perpetuating traditional "beauty standards.” On dating apps it’s even become more popular for people to use fatphobic language to deter interactions with bigger people. With moderator Jordan Daniels, from the iHeart Radio Podcast, “Black Fat Femme,” we’ll discuss love, the origins of body positivity, and what radical acceptance & liberation is like for every body.
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Storytelling is Medicine: Pathways to Healing Indigenous Peoples' Transgenerational Trauma (Live on: July 12, 2022)

Indigenous artists speak on what it takes to heal trauma from the history of colonization. Tune in on our conversation where we’ll discuss the stories being told about indigenous people. why who tells them is essential to knowing the truth. Moderator, Georgina Lightning (she/her), is an actor, an award-winning filmmaker, an advocate for women and Native American’s involvement in film, and is a co-founder of Tribal Alliance.
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Beyond The Binary (live on: June 28, 2022)

An In-depth conversation on what freedom means to those who have liberated themselves from the Gender Binary. How do we as a country change the scope of what we think of gender? We’ll dive deeper on topics such as advocacy and intersectionality.  Moderator is Gaven Trinidad (they/them), the Community Engagement Associate at New York Theatre Workshop and a member of TCG’s Rising Leaders of Color 2021-2022 cohort.
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Interracial Relationships In The "New" Age of Racial Injustice (live on: March 15, 2022)

Two couples discuss the racial dynamics within interracial relationships, investigate what conversations are had amongst them with the recent racial awakenings, and talk about how these relationships are portrayed in the media. The panel discussion is moderated by Randé Dorn (MA, MFA, LMFT).
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Filipinx Representation In Theater (live on: March 29th, 2022)

A panel taking a deep dive exploration into Filipinx Representation In Theater seeks to examine the history of it’s portrayal as well as what the future holds for it’s inclusion. Moderated by Lucy Burns (Associate Professor at UCLA’s Asian American Studies Department).
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Past Seasons:

WEST ADAMS: Beyond Conversation Series 2020

AMERICA ADJACENT: Beyond Conversation Series 2019

HOSTAGE: Beyond Conversation Series 2018

NEVER IS NOW: Beyond Conversation Series 2019

ROTTERDAM: Beyond Conversation Series 2017 - 18

THE MADRES: Beyond Conversation Series 2018


Beyond Conversation immediately follows the scheduled performance and the Guest chats last about 20 minutes depending on audience interest and participation; topics vary weekly.

If you'd like to attend a Beyond Conversation chat in person, and don't have a ticket for that specific performance, you may enter after patrons exit. Due to limited space directly outside the theatre's front door, we ask that you wait on the sidewalk beyond the dining patio. Skylight Staff will be on hand to assist.

Live Streaming and Video Recordings of Beyond Conversation chats:

Starting in 2020, Beyond Conversation began streaming. Occasionally, due to the nature of the topic or out of respect to the community attending a specific talk, we will not offer streaming or a recording of the event.  Most, however are available and can be accessed on the website.

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