Citizen Brain

Written by Josh Kornbluth

In collaboration with Casey Stangl and Aaron Loeb

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At the Global Brain Health Institute, Josh Kornbluth immersed himself in the study of brain disease and wondered if our society was suffering from political dementia. The discovery of the “empathy circuit” in the brain might be the cure. Can a neurotic storyteller, who flunked every science class, spark a science-based revolution of empathy?

Run time: 1 hour and 30 minutes, with no intermission

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How to see Citizen Brain

To see our livestreamed performances of Citizen Brain, choose your preferred date below. Please note that all the times are in Pacific Time.

Tickets are offered on a pay-what-you-can scale. All proceeds go towards paying the artists, production team, and Shotgun staff members. We understand that COVID-19 has affected many people's financial situation, so we have created a FREE ticket that anyone can access. To do so, choose your preferred date below. Then, on the seat selection page, enter the promotional code BRAIN to access $0 tickets.

After you purchase your ticket, you will receive an email receipt with information on how to access the performance.

The virtual waiting room will open 30 minutes prior to the show. We strongly recommend you arrive early so that we have time to assist you if you have any technical difficulties.

For questions about buying tickets or accessing the performance, email us at We're happy to help!

Closed Captioning

Since Citizen Brain is a semi-improvised performance, there is, unfortunately, no closed captioning for live performances.

However, we have a captioned performance available as a video on demand HERE . Please note that patrons can use the discount codes listed in the video's description to access it at a pay-what-you-can price

You can learn more about our other accessibility options on the Citizen Brain accessibility page.

Post-show speakers

Join us on select evenings for special post-show conversations, featuring special guests who will dive deeper into the science and themes of Citizen Brain!

Read bios about our guests on our post-show speaker page!

  • October 16: Kate Rankin
  • October 17: Joel Kramer
  • October 18: Michael Geschwind
  • October 22: Lea Grinberg
  • October 23: Bruce Miller
  • October 24: Mary De May
  • October 25: Kate Possin
  • October 30: Virginia Sturm
  • October 31: Robert Sapolsky
  • November 1: Richard J. Davidson
  • November 6: Serggio Lanata
  • November 7: Marilu Gorno Tempini
  • November 8: Emiliana Simon-Thomas


PLEASE NOTE: Tickets go off-sale at 30 minutes before each performance. If you're trying to get tickets after that point, email us at for assistance!