Rhiannon Giddens
Rhiannon Giddens

The Lunch Room



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The Lunch Room is A.R.T.’s virtual talk show with the artists, activists, and civic leaders who are shaping our culture and communities. Join members of the A.R.T. staff for curated conversations and interactive Q&As.

Upcoming Episodes

November 9: Performer, composer, cross-cultural connector, and Silkroad Artistic Director Rhiannon Giddens visits to talk about Silkroad Ensemble’s musical rebirth and celebration, Phoenix Rising. The Grammy Award winner will chat about her lifelong mission to shine light on previously under-recognized voices, genres, and musical traditions, and her future vision for Silkroad’s radical cultural collaboration as she takes its helm from founder Yo-Yo Ma.

Previous Episodes

Previous episodes of The Lunch Room will be available to watch on YouTube 2 – 3 weeks after originally airing.

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September 28: Collaborators Ayodele Casel and Torya Beard visit to chat about capturing the spark of connection in Chasing Magic, transforming it from its virtual premiere in spring 2021 to its live premiere at A.R.T. this fall, and the magic that they—and all of us—are chasing. Tune in to learn about how theater, storytelling, and tap intersect in their work to express identity, culture, language, and communication, and to hear about recent joint and individual projects including New York’s Little Island Dance Festival, the Waitress Broadway remount, the upcoming revival of Funny Girl, and Diary of a Tap Dancer, the subject of Casel’s 2019-2020 Radcliffe fellowships.