INNER VOICES Social Issues Theatre

Our Mission

The mission of INNER VOICES Social Issues Theatre program is to address critical social issues that impact the college experience and society at large. Through the design of rigorous courses, cutting-edge performance work,  and meaningful dialogue we strive to:

  • To engage the diverse student population at Illinois.
  • To cultivate critical thinking that contributes to healthy lifestyles and the well-being of all students.
  • To stimulate ongoing civic dialogue around these issues.
  • To engender movement toward social justice

With skilled attention to both performed, scripted material and the shaping of the post-performance audience dialogues, INNER VOICES uses performance as a common point of reference, presents complexities of the human experience, engenders empathetic reasoning, and provides commin ground for the exchange of ideas vital to the cultivation of a just society.

Who We Are 

We are people from across Illinois' campus with a critical interest in examining our world, crossing disciplines to come together, and reaching across cultures to create theatre. We are undergraduate students, graduate students, post-docs, and professionals in our fields. Sponsored by the Counseling Center and the Theatre  Departmentat  the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, INNER VOICES Social Issues Theatre began  in  the  spring  of  1995. Since that time, the program has consistently produced innovative theatre that is   steadfast in its determination to address a  range of complex and often difficult social issues. We provide an opportunity for students to be actively engaged in creating and performing theatre focused on social issues through four courses that students may take for academic credit.

INNER VOICES Social Issues Theatre offers a venue for realizing original work through live performance. We have enjoyed numerous collaborative projects with students, theatre practitioners, cultural workers and other artists from across campus and around the world—including artists from Canada, South Africa, Rwanda and throughout the nation with our National Call for Scripts.

INNER VOICES Social Issues Theatre Ensemble Fall 2017

Actors: Tiana Noliani Thorp, Emilie Belluomini, Mackenzie Schabowski, Sakshi Srivastava, Jigeesha Ghosh, Andrea Figueroa, Adia Ivey, Ryan Wilson, Monisha Roychovdhury, Austin Newman, ReRe Eng, Sky Kelly, Matthew Eaglin-Daniels
Animateurs: Juan Flores, Lor Cling, Luther King, Cinny Chui, Maanav Ganjoo, Brian Hua, Matt Babicz
Assistant to Director: Adia Ivey and Tianshu Zhao
Animateur Direction: Dr. Nicole Brown
Technical Production Director: Lorna Chavez
Social Media Production: Ryan Wilson
Additional Production Assistance: Tianshu Zhao and Brittany McHugh
Counseling Center Consultant: Dr. Dynesha Mason-Grissom and Felicia Li
Ensemble Director and Program Coordinator: Lisa Fay