2017-18 Education Series

FIRST LOOK with Mathew Wright

Have you ever wondered how a Scenic Designer plans a stage? What cast members do to prepare for their roles? How the whole thing – costumes, casting, lighting, and more – all come together to make a production at ArtsWest? FIRST LOOK events are your (free!) opportunity to engage directly with the creative minds behind each ArtsWest production. 

Click below to get free FIRST LOOK tickets to:

The Who & The What – August 22, 2017 at 7:30pm

The Nance – October 10, 2017 at 7:30pm

Peerless – January 2, 2018 at 7:30pm

Hir – February 13, 2018 at 7:30pm

An Octoroon – April 13, 2018 at 7:30pm

Kiss of the Spider Woman – May 22, 2018 at 7:30pm


Get first-hand insights from the people closest to the material – the performers themselves. At Cast Talks, audience members can engage directly with members of the cast to ask questions about acting, the play, the playwright, and issues and questions raised by the work itself.

Get tickets to the Cast Talks performance nights:

The Who & The What – September 22, 2017 at 7:30pm

The Nance – November 10, 2017 at 7:30pm

Peerless – February 2, 2018 at 7:30pm

Hir – March 16, 2018 at 7:30pm

An Octoroon – May 4, 2018 at 7:30pm

Kiss of the Spider Woman – June 22, 2018 at 7:30pm



Theatre. Wine. Conversation. In the spirit of the salons in Europe and Russia in the 16th and 17th centuries, the ArtsWest Show Salons are a gathering to celebrate theatre and community with wine, food, and conversation. Each salon will feature a topic or question related directly to the production with conversation led by ArtsWest Artistic Director Mathew Wright. More than just talking about the play and the playwright, these salons are an opportunity to bring social issues, current events, and your own life experiences into a spirited, wide-ranging discussion of life and theater – and to enjoy some delicious wine and snacks while we’re at it!

Get tickets to the Show Salons:

The Who & The What – Friday, September 15, 2017 at 6:30pm
The Nance – Friday, November 3, 2017 at 6:30pm
Peerless – Friday, January 26, 2018 at 6:30pm
Hir – Friday, March 9, 2018 at 6:30pm
An Octoroon – Friday, April 27, 2018 at 6:30pm
Kiss of the Spider Woman – Friday, June 15, 2018 at 6:30pm