Deepen Visitor
Connection Through 
Theater and Creative Writing

Bring the vibrancy of theatre, narrative, and creative writing into your museum's public programs and docent training.  Mary Hall offers writing workshops that deepen the connection between writing and visual art, trains docents to embrace narrative structure to animate their content, and creates museum theatre performances for families.

Creative Writing Workshops:

Write Into Art

As the founding instructor of the Writing Salon at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC,

Mary Hall presents workshops that inspire close looking, rich personal reflection, and

deep connection to works of art through imaginative writing.   

"In Mary Hall's hands I learn, reflect, and grow as a writer and a thinker. She is brilliant and this workshop was fascinating."

 

National Gallery

Writing Salon Participant

The Phillips Collection, Smithsonian Associates, and Delaware Art Museum have also presented her unique creative writing experiences.

Docent Training:

Animate Your Content

Discover new and engaging ways to bring tour content to life through the power of narrative. In this interactive workshop, docents reimagine how they share knowledge with visitors by thinking

like writers: 

What’s the sensory detail? The emotional connection? 

What is the power of story?

"Mary Hall's  presentation was inspiring not only because it helped docents craft powerful stories around works of art but also because at every turn she herself models outstanding teaching and engagement with her audience. We spent weeks after her training continuing to mine it for her content, strategies and impeccable delivery.”

 

Elizabeth Diament

Senior Educator, Manager of School and Adult Tours and Docent Programs

National Gallery of Art

Recent Museum Theatre:

Meet Color, Line, and Shape

 

The elements of art come

to life in Color's Garden, 

a theatrical fantasy

inspired by the Cut-Outs of Henri Matisse. 

Commissioned by the

National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.

"This show is truly a blast for everyone, parents and children alike. It also is a great gateway for exploring other parts of the gallery."

MD Theatre Guide

Meet Heroes

from History

 

Celebrate the heroism of the The 54th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry during America's Civil War in Forward, 54th!, inspired by

Augustus Saint Gaudens'

 Shaw Memorial.

  

Commissioned by the

National Gallery of Art

Washington, DC.

Museum Productions and Projects