Outreach Performances

An outreach performance at Chicago Talent Development High School
An outreach performance at Chicago Talent Development High School

About Face Theatre creates exceptional, innovative, and adventurous plays to advance the dialogue on gender and sexual identity. The Education Outreach Program at About Face Theatre provides touring plays and workshops to schools as an entertaining, compelling, and necessary approach to starting dialogue about bullying, diversity, and intersecting identities. This year, we’re touring an original play targeted to a high school audience (ages 13-18), but we are touring colleges, Churches, and other organizations as well.

looking out // looking in

30 min play & interactive discussion
Hilarious, relevant, and poignant, looking out // looking in is a collection of stories that connects issues around race, class, sexuality, age, gender, and self-esteem. The play features the true stories of the performers and the audience is encouraged to ask the actors about their stories and share experiences. This play speaks specifically to transgender identity and allyship.

Along with the performance, we can provide devising and social justice workshops or an interactive talk back; we can work with you to decide what would be most beneficial for your group.

for more information, or to book a performance send an email to Education and Outreach Director Ali Hoefnagel!

Get to know our Outreach Actors

Donny Acosta Born and raised in Orange County California, Donny Acosta traveled to the windy city to pursue his passion of performing. He has been involved with the Abbie Hoffman Died For our Sins Theatre Festival with the Revolution Theatre Company, Crazy for Swayze with the New Millennium Theatre company, Various movement pieces with Columbia College Chicago, and musicals such as Peter Pan, High School Musical, Honk!, and Suessical the musical. He is overly excited to be part of About Face’s youth ensemble and Youth Task force.
headshot-grace-murphy Grace Murphy is so excited to be a part of the About Face Outreach Ensemble! She hails from the Golden State, where she received her formal training at California State University, Fullerton. Basking in the incredible city of Chicago, she has been fortunate enough to perform, discover the best bookstores, and devour delicious pizza.
Mia Vivens Mia Vivens is a queer poetess, actor and dancer originally hailing from Columbus, Ohio. She is a recent alumna of Valparaiso University, having studied Theater and Political Science with minors in dance and peace studies. She is specifically interested in exploring the intersections of the queer community amongst black and brown folks. In Chicago, she has worked with Pride Films and Plays, Dandelion Theater, and The Sonnet Project(s). She is grateful to have been warmly welcomed into the About Face community for It’s For Real!