Sep 5, 2018
Lynne Conner is professor of
theater arts and chair of the Department of Theater at the
University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She is a theater
and dance historian, cultural policy theorist and
playwright. Lynne has written extensively on audience
engagement and the creation of meaning in the arts, and has won
numerous awards for her playwriting and directing. Her most
recent book is Audience Engagement and the Role of Arts
Talk in the Digital Era. Lynne’s most recent play, THE
MOTHER, is a 2018 Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center National
Playwright’s Conference Semi-finalist. Before joining the UNC
Charlotte faculty in 2016, Lynne was professor and chair of the
Theater and Dance Department at Colby College. She earned a
B.A. in English Literature from Oberlin College, an M.A. in Theatre
Arts from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and a
Ph.D. in Theatre History and Performance Studies from the
University of Pittsburgh.
This episode is perfect for anyone interested in
audience engagement, the history of audience behavior, meaning
making, theater, and interpretation of the arts.
IN THIS EPISODE
- Lynne describes her work as
historian, playwright and professor.
- She talks about applying the history of the
arts to the practice of the arts.
- She discusses the assertion that drives her
- She defines the terms social interpretation, arts
experience and arts talk.
- Lynne explains how audience behavior has
- She provides two reasons why
audience behavior has changed.
- She explains the consequence of quieted
- She describes how the arts experience should
be more like sports.
- Lynne answers whether she would prefer active
audiences during performances.
- She addresses Miles Davis turning
his back on the audience.
- She explains the difference between linear and
circular patterns of communication.
- She notes criticism of white and black audience
- Lynne addresses whether any work of art can be
considered great if audiences are
not actively interpreting art.
- She considers whether the decline in audience
interpretation makes art less meaningful.
- She shares what arts organizations can
do to help audiences make meaning.
- She answers what was defining about her
- Lynne explains why she is attracted to
theater and how her scholarship evolved.
- She talks about what meaning means.
- She connects interpreting the
arts to interpreting the meaning of our lives.
plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: Making Meaning
To learn more, visit On Life and Meaning