INNER VOICES Course Descriptions

Spring 2017 Classes

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
Armory Free Theatre (160 Armory)

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).


Course instructors are active practitioners in their fields.

Questions? Lisa Fay or 217.244.0212 or

INNER VOICES Social Issues Theatre takes on subject matter that is timely and often difficult to address. This requires a willingness to be open-minded and curious about social issues and justice on the part of all who participate in the project. Past topics have included hate crimes, sexual assault, body image, gender identity and transphobia, racism, socioeconomic status, and suicide.