Courses for Academic Credit

INNER VOICES Social Issues Theatre offers four academic classes for undergraduate and graduate students.

Thought-provoking, powerful, and hands-on, these Theatre (also cross-listed as Gender & Women’s Studies) classes prepare participants to be exceptionally effective change agents and theatre practitioners.

Students study current and historical trends and theories of socially conscious performance while simultaneously being engaged as actors, writers, and post-performance dialogue leaders in the program.

Course instructors are active practitioners in their fields.

Intro to Social Issues Theatre

Theatre 218/Gender and Women’s Studies 218
3 credit hours


An introductory exploration/survey of the rich histories, theories and practices of community-based and social issues theatre. Lively connection of social issues in today’s world through
discussion, participation, lecture and performance!

1–2:50 Monday and Wednesday
Allen Hall South Rec Room

Devising Social Issues Theatre

Theatre 418/Gender and Women’s Studies 418
3 credit hours Undergrad/4 credit hours Graduate


Focus on writing and devising theatre explicitly concerned with social issues in the context of community. Works created in this course may go on to be performed in the ensemble!

11:30–12:50 Monday and Wednesday
Armory Free Theatre (160 Armory)

Leading Post-Performance Dialog

Theatre 417/Gender and Women’s Studies  417
4 credit hours

Arts engagement exploration and the dramaturge in social issues theatre.
Includes hands on experience of animateur (facilitation) work with the
INNER VOICES Social Issues Theatre ensemble. Great class for those who want to utilize theatre in their work such as social workers, educators, other arts and community focused practitioners.


4-5:50 Tuesday and Thursday with additional times scheduled for fieldwork with audiences.

INNER VOICES Social Issues Theatre Ensemble

Theatre 400m
2 credit hours


The focus of the ensemble is on public performances.
The ensemble performs 12 times per semester on average. Open to all students and while past experience is useful, it is not necessary.  Students may choose to receive credit for their participation in the ensemble.

5-7 Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
Armory Free Theatre (160 Armory)