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New INNER VOICES Staff

We are so pleased to announce two new staff working with the INNER VOICES Social Issues Theatre Program. Dr. Nicole Brown will be teaching Leading Post Performance Dialogue (Theatre/Gender and Women's Studies 417). She is a research affiliate with the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. She has extensive experience in academic and student affairs and her research connects Digital Sociology with computation and performative storytelling. Last year, Dr. Brown participated in the INNER VOICES production of “Tell It! A Contemporary Choral for Black Youth’s Voices,” a performance piece written by Durell Callier. Dr. Mark Enslin will be teaching Introduction to Social Issues Theatre (Theatre/Gender and Woman's Studues 218). He is a founding member of the Performers' Workshop Ensemble, an interdisciplinary group of performers and composers of music and theater, and of the School for Designing a Society, a 25-year educational experiment in connecting the arts and desires for social change. His doctorate is in music composition. His theater practice includes script writing, puppetry, street protest, humanitarian clowning, and house theater. Most recently, he was co-director of Pester Power, a performance project to engage youth in action on climate change and racial climate. 

There are still a few openings in both Dr. Brown and Dr. Enslin's courses! See below for additional information.

Fall 2017 Courses

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!
Monday and Wednesday, 1:00 to 2:50 p.m.
Allen Hall/South Recreation Room

Devising Social Issues Theatre
Theatre 418/Gender and Women’s Studies 418
3 credit hours undergrad/1 unit grad

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!
Monday and Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. to 12:50 p.m.
Armory Free Theatre (160 Armory).

Leading Post-Performance Dialog
Theatre 417/Gender and Women’s Studies 417
4 credit hours undergrad/1 unit grad

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.
Tuesday and Thursday, 4 to 4:50 p.m. 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 15 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.
Rehearsals meet Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m.
Armory Free Theatre (160 Armory). 

Fall 2017 Auditions

Tuesday, August 29, 6 p.m.
Wednesday, August 30, 5 p.m.

Armory Free Theatre (Room 160 Armory)

Students can elect to receive 2 hours of course credit Theatre 400M

Come with a prepared one to two minute monologue. (It doesn’t have to be memorized.) Wear comfortable clothes that you can move in. OPEN to all university students. Though useful, no previous experience is required.

Questions? 217-244-0212 innervoices@illinois.edu or lfay@illinois.edu