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 Interim Outreach Manager Mia Vivens!

Get to know our Outreach Actors

Donny Acosta is a queer performance artist from Orange County, California. He started working with About Face as a youth ensemble member and a member of the Youth Task Force. He has devised and performed his work all over the city including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Stage 773, the Abbie Hoffman Died for your Sins Theatre Festival, and Salonathon. He is a proud ensemble member of the Drinking and Writing Theatre and artistic associate of the Wild Atlas Theatre Company.
Brianna Buckley (she/her/hers) has been recently seen in King Liz (King Liz u/s) at Windy City Playhouse, Genderbreakdown (Collaboration Theatre), Leavings (Polarity Ensemble Theatre) and more. She is ecstatic and very honored to be apart of Looking Out//Looking In and join the stage once more with her Genderbreakdown family.
Kate Krohn is overcaffeinated. She is a bespectacled and bowtied poet, playwright, and performer with roots in the midwest and the deep south. Exploring the mythology of family and Southern Queer Girlhood through her storytelling; Krohn develops solo work, performing at Salonathon, Sappho’s Salon, Outspoken!, and Filet of Solo. When not writing and performing her own, work, Krohn devises experimental theatre, most recently GENDER BREAKDOWN, a world premier with Dani Bryant and Erica Vannon at COLLABORACTION; SAMSON: A Duet, directed by Reed Fowler; the One-Minute Play Festival; and 20% Theatre Company’s 10Minute SnapShot Festival.
Kyla Norton (they/them) is thrilled to be a part of the AFT Outreach Cats Kyla is an actor, teaching artist and juggler from Columbia College Chicago. Kyla has worked with About Face, Chicago Slam Works, The New Colony, and The Chicago Mammals. Kyla’s recent credits include BRAVE LIKE THEM, THE SURGEON AND HER DAUGHTERS and NEVERMIND IT’S NOTHING.
Lexi Saunders Lexi Saunders (she/her/hers) is a queer director, performer, and teaching artist originally from Los Angeles and San Diego. Lexi has directed various works at Victory Gardens, The Gift, Mudlark, Theater of Thought, Pride Films & Plays, and assistant directed at Steppenwolf, VG, Steep, and Jackalope. Lexi is also a recurring director for 1MPF and 2nd Story, and was selected for Victory Gardens’ 2016 Directors Inclusion Initiative and Haven Theatre’s 2017 Directors Haven. Lexi currently teaches Living History with TimeLine Theatre, the American Mosaic program with ATC, Empathic Playwriting with Silk Road Rising, and empowerment for female-identified youth through the works of Shakespeare with The Viola Project.
Aimy Tien is a Chicago-based performer and writer. Aimy brings the experiences of women, people of color, and other marginalized communities to the page, stage, and screen. Recent credits include Expectation (For Youth Inquiry) and Gender Breakdown (Collaboraction). She has performed with 2nd Story, Free Street Theater, Pride Films and Plays, Women of the Now, and other Chicago-based organizations.