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Free Virtual Panels

While we were unable to gather in-person in 2020 and 2021, A Noise Within staff and artists created virtual content to engage with our community.


Indian Folk Dance: An Interactive Workshop  

Join Noise Now as Shivani Thakkar (Artistic Director, MKM Bollystars Dance Company) leads an interactive movement workshop inviting viewers to practice simple moves from Indian folk dances at home. Explore history, insights, and origins of these beautiful regional dances – each traditionally performed at community gatherings and celebrations. Tune in and enjoy this interactive, family-friendly event for audiences of all ages!

Alice in Wonderland: Virtual Conversation With the Artists

Join the cast for a free virtual conversation about the play.

Alice in Wonderland: Virtual Deep Dive Into the Play

Join us for a free virtual deep dive into the substance and themes of the play and a designer presentation.

An Iliad: Virtual Conversation With the Artists

Join the cast and director for a free virtual conversation.

An Iliad: Virtual Deep Dive Into the Play

Join us for a free virtual deep dive into the substance and themes of the play.


Eye on Design: Scenic, Lighting, Music Composition & Costume

You’ve seen the actors at work onstage. Now, meet the artists who work offstage. Join us for a virtual Q&A with our award-winning composer and scenic, lighting, and costume designers to unfold their creative process and discover how they ignite all our senses in every stage production that they design for.

ANW Education Program Pre and Post Pandemic

Director of Education & Community Outreach Alicia Green hosts a discussion with ANW’s Teaching Artists about our theatre’s one-of-a-kind arts education program. Discover how we have partnered with local teachers, schools, and communities to connect students to live theatre—and how we have transformed learning in the digital space.

MKM Bollystars Indian Classical Dance Workshop

Join us as Shivani Thakkar (Artistic Director, MKM Bollystars Dance Company) shares history and insights on Indian Classical Dance and Theatre. Historically, dance and theatre were one art form in India, and as the two separated, many theatrical and story-telling elements have continued within the dance form. Featuring interactive components, the workshop will invite audiences to practice Indian hand gestures (mudras), learn the 5 basic rhythms, and understand the relationship between the Indian and Western theatre.


Educational Handout with Folk Dances
Bharata Natyam
Mudras – The Basic Feet Positions
Mudras – Asamyuta Hastas
Mudras – Samyuta Hastas

The Three-Fifths Project by Photographer Ibarionex Perello

Join Ibarionex Perello as he discusses his recent ANW photography exhibition, The Three-Fifths Project, which explores the legacy of slavery and institutional racism. The title is derived from the Three-Fifths Compromise in the US. Constitution. Inspired by August Wilson’s play, Gem of the Ocean, the photographs reflect the perpetual sense of tension, anxiety and insecurity faced by people of color, while also evoking the sense of bloodline and legacy.

Black Arts Leaders & The Ground on Which We Stand

Join arts leaders Nancy Cheryll Davis (Towne Street Theatre), Malik El-Amin (Griot Theatre), Abdullah Hall (Trans Chorus of Los Angeles), and Yvonne Lee (Lower Depth Theatre) as we discuss the history and legacy of the organizations they lead. ANW has had the privilege of collaborating with each of these organizations through Noise Now, an initiative launched in February 2019 to highlight stories from diverse cultures and communities, ensuring that classic theatre is representative and inclusive of all voices.

The Ground on Which I Stand

The following speech was delivered by playwright August Wilson on June 26, 1996, at the 11th biennial Theatre Communications Group national conference at New Jersey’s Princeton University. This text represents the complete and definitive version of Wilson’s address, as published by TCG in September 2001. Read “The Ground on Which I Stand.”

Q&A With Alice in Wonderland Cast

Watch a virtual panel with the cast of Alice in Wonderland as they talk about the show. Plunge down the rabbit hole to discover how these artists approach their craft as well as Lewis Carroll’s topsy-turvy world!

Noise Now – Re-imagining Classics

What defines a classic? Why do we revisit them time and time again? What new, cultural lenses can we apply to these ancient stories? Join Director of Cultural Programming Jonathan Muñoz-Proulx and Noise Now artists as they discuss what goes into adapting classics for modern and diverse audiences.

Panelists include Elmira Rahim (Élan Ensemble), Karole Foreman (The Signal Hill Sandbox), Shivani Thakkar (MKM Bollystars), and Shalini Bathina (MKM Bollystars).

Q&A With ANW Resident Artists

Meet the ANW family! Have a virtual chat with our Resident Artists – our faithful theatre troupe whose faces you see in almost every production.

Q&A With The Winter’s Tale Cast

Watch a virtual panel with the director and the cast of The Winter’s Tale as they take a retrospective look at the show. Whether you saw the play or not, this live streamed Q&A will give you a chance to pick their creative brains for how they approach their work in Shakespeare – and beyond!