Already Seen a Show?

If you’ve already come to a performance, you can stay involved with Staging Old Masters!

You can return to the Pulitzer during open hours, for a second look at the Old Masters exhibit. How have the actors’ stories, recreations, observations and dramas shaped your experience of these timeless works of art?

If you are an employer interested in seeing the resumes of the actors, or if you’d like to interview an actor for employment, you can contact Employment Connection, or e-mail Lisa Harper Chang (Staging Old Masters producer, MSW, Master of Community Engagement at the Pulitzer) at Every actor who has completed Staging Old Masters’s six-week training and run of performances has demonstrated him- or herself to be motivated, imaginative, punctual, hard-working and team-oriented.

If you’re interested in getting involved with the programs at the Pulitzer Foundation or its collaborative partners— Prison Performing Arts, Employment Connection, the Brown School of Social Work and the Performing Arts Department at Washington University—you can contact Lisa Harper Chang.

Two Actors From Staging Old Masters on Their Favorite Paintings

As part of their preparation for performances, every actor chose a favorite painting from the Old Masters exhibit at the Pulitzer. The actors’ reflections and thoughts on their paintings inspired scenes, sharpened their own observations, and stretched their perceptions of the work of the Old Masters. Two actors speak below.

Paolo Finoglia, Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife, Harvard Art Museum, Fogg Art Museum, Gift of Samuel H. Kress Foundation, 1962.163, Photo by Rick Stafford, President and Fellows of Harvard College

I just respect Joseph for fighting the urge, you know? For him being such a desirable man, and not succumbing to every woman who comes his way—that’s real hard for men. And I respect him on that.

Reuben S., on Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife

Giambattista Tiepolo, Italian, 1696-1770, The Crucifixion, 1745-50, oil on canvas, Saint Louis Art Museum

The people in the crowd… how did they sleep at night? After their conscience kicked in about what they’d just witnessed?

Naheem H., on The Crucifixion

Interview With Director Agnes Wilcox, Part 2

Here’s the second half of an interview with Staging Old Masters director, and founder of Prison Performing Arts, Agnes Wilcox. (By the way, here’s a nifty addition: Prison Performing Arts’s 2002 production of Hamlet at Missouri Eastern Correction Center was featured in an episode of the acclaimed radio show This American Life entitled “Act V.” You can listen to it here.)

How did you get involved with working with Prison Performing Arts?

I originally came to St. Louis in the 1980s to teach. I was hired by Webster, and my husband got a teaching job here at the same time. Within two years, I worked with two other women to create The New Theater. Creating a theater company was I had always said I wanted to do, but had never done. In the mid-80s, even doing off-Broadway hits was almost too radical for St. Louis… Read More