Discussion Series

Portland Stage hosts three discussions – Artistic Perspective,  Curtain Call, and Page to Stage  – that are associated with each of the six (6) productions in our Mainstage Season. If you are interested in attending, you are welcome to come to the discussion even if you have not attended the performance. Discussions are free and open to the general public. During the 2020-21 season, we have been hosting our discussion in an interactive live, online format. We are archiving them below.


Curtain Call Discussion offers a rare opportunity for audience members to talk about the production with the performers, exploring topics that range from the rehearsal process to character development to issues raised by the work.

Virtual Discussion Recorded on Sunday, May 30, 2021

This Curtain Call Discussion is with actor Tracey Conyer Lee and is moderated by our Literary Manager Todd Brian Backus.


Artistic Perspective Discussion hosted by Artistic Director Anita Stewart, is an opportunity for audience members to delve deeper into the themes and creative questions behind each production through conversation with special guests. A different scholar, visiting artist, playwright, or other expert will join the discussion each time.

Virtual Discussion with the playwright. Recorded Sunday, June 6, 2021 

The Artistic Perspective Discussion with playwright Donnetta Lavinia Grays and hosted by Anita Stewart.


Page to Stage held at the Portland Public Library

Page to Stage discussions are currently on hiatus.

Discussion Series - Archives