Theater and Dance Department Professor Lynne Conner was a featured guest on Maine Public Broadcasting Network’s “Maine Calling” show on January 29. She spoke about her new book, Audience Engagement and the Role of Arts Talk in the Digital Era (published by Palgrave Macmillan) and answered questions from callers interested in the changing role of audiences in the 21st century. In addition to her new book, Dr. Conner just launched “We the Audience,” a featured blog on, the most widely read arts industry journal (with 30,000 subscribers). You can follow her blog at: