Syracuse Stories Series

We are proud to introduce our Syracuse Stories series. It's a place where we can come together and explore topics that directly impact our city. Syracuse Stories embraces the idea that theatre has the power to help foster change in ourselves, our community, and our world.

Many Syracuse Stories will be presented virtually through Zoom. Click the "Register Now" button to sign up and receive an email with the Zoom login information for the Syracuse Story you are interested in. Recordings of previous conversations will be available to watch on your own time.

Eureka Day: 2016 to 2021

Available October 22

Join Bob Hupp, Syracuse Stage Artistic Director and Eureka Day Director, for two recorded conversations with playwright Jonathan Spector and local community leader Gwen Webber-McLeod. How does a play written in 2016, before Covid ever entered our lexicon, relate to our community in 2021? What are the deeper connections between the world of theatre and the real world impact of the play’s subjects?


Jonathan Spector started writing Eureka Day in 2016. It had its premiere at the Aurora Theatre in Berkeley where it received all of the San Francisco Bay Area’s new play awards: Glickman Award, Bay Area Theater Critics Circle Award, Theater Bay Area Award, and Rella Lossy Award. It was subsequently produced by Colt Coeur where it was a New York Times Critics’ Pick, an honorable mention in Time Out New York’s Best Plays of 2019 list and was nominated for a New York Drama Critics Circle Award.


Gwen Webber-McLeod is the founder of Gwen, Inc. a company solely devoted to supporting mid-level to executive level leaders on the leadership journey. The company provides leadership education, professional consulting and facilitation, mentoring/coaching, and technical assistance in organizations, businesses, and public venues whose leaders are working to achieve their potential. During her 30-year leadership career, Gwen works with leaders to foster strategic relationships necessary to motivate, mobilize, and inspire employees. Gwen is also the founder of You Can’t Fail Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides strategically designed multicultural leadership development experiences for emerging and established women leaders.

A Conversation with Elizabeth Letts

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Presented with Central New York Reads One Book

Watch a Zoom conversation with Elizabeth Letts, author of Finding Dorothy. In this work of historical fiction, Letts lays out the details in the lives of L. Frank Baum, author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, his wife Maud Gage Baum, and suffragist Matilda Joslyn Gage, Maud’s mother. All lived at one time in Central New York. In her book, Letts engagingly gives readers the facts while pulling back the curtain to reveal the richly imagined events and emotions that brought us Baum’s legendary fantasy and the iconic film starring Judy Garland.

Viewers submitted questions and comments to Elizabeth Letts via the Chat while she spoke with Joann Yarrow from Syracuse Stage and Wendy Davenport and Alan NaPier from CNY Reads One Book.
This discussion was recorded on March 4, 2021.


Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992, Re-building and Healing

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Presented in conjunction with Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992.

Meet panelists the Right Rev. Dr. DeDe Duncan-Probe, Diocesan Bishop at the Episcopal Diocese of Central New York, as she shares her experiences as a community organizer in Los Angeles during the trial of the police officers accused of beating Rodney King and subsequent civil unrest, and Jimmy Oliver, the new Community Engagement Director for the Syracuse Police Department. The discussion focused on Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992, the impact of living through that experience, and current relationships with our local police. This discussion was recorded on Zoom on Feb. 11, 2021.



How Do We Heal?

Monday, February 8, 2021

Presented in conjunction with Twilight: Los Angeles,1992.

Watch a recording of a live virtual discussion with InterFaith works of Central New York followed by a Q&A with Twilight director Steve H. Broadnax III and actor Patrese D. McClain about the events in the production and how those relate to 2021. This discussion was recorded on Feb. 8, 2021.



Tales from the Salt City - Reunion

Monday, October 23, 2020

Tales from the Salt City was a powerful exploration of the changing face of Syracuse through an interview-based theatrical work that presented first-hand narratives of citizens of Syracuse. Created by theatrical innovator Ping Chong and constructed as a chamber piece of storytelling, the performance featured local residents telling their personal experiences of creating cultural identity out of rich and complex histories. Collaborators Ping Chong, Sara Zatz, and Kyle Bass continue the conversation 12 years later, bringing together the diverse community cast members that made this theatrical experience so powerful and memorable.

A Gatherin' Place Virtual Talkback

Watch a virtual talkback with the cast of A Gatherin' Place, recorded October 18.
A Gatherin' Place, October 16 - November 1, 2020
Written by Dr. Juhanna Rogers
Performed by The Harriet Tubman Troupe - a community theatre troupe associated with Auburn Public Theater.

100 Conversations for Change in partnership with 100 Black Men of Syracuse and Black Cub Productions

Conversations available to watch now.

"Having marches and conversations around Black Lives Matter is a good thing. But, then what?" - Drake Harrison, president, 100 Black Men of Syracuse.

Drake Harrison hosts conversations with Central New York leaders and influencers--the people who have the power to make change. Through 100 Conversations for Change, these leaders outline plans for how they can enact change for the better in our community.

Arts Online: Strategies of Teaching Theatre through Zoom

Friday, August 14, 5PM on Zoom

Meet our Education Team and be a part of the conversation as we look at strategies for teachers, parents, and students involved in arts education and creative performances/exhibits. We will share resources about teaching arts programming online and lessons learned from successfully hosting a two-week, entirely online summer theatre program for middle school students.

Topics for consideration:
- After school arts programming
- Staging a Zoom performance
- Zoom exhibits
- Playwriting workshops
- Live vs. recorded
- Zoom bandwidth

For questions and more information about the Arts Online Syracuse Story, contact Kate Laissle at


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