Outreach and Engagement

An outreach performance at Chicago Talent Development High School
                                             The AFT outreach cast at Chicago Talent Development High School.

 

Transforming Communities through Stories and Dialogue

About Face Theatre has been touring plays into high schools and churches, college campuses and conferences for over twenty years. We are committed to creating exceptional, innovative, and adventurous performance and dialogue programs that provide safe and brave spaces to talk about gender and sexual identity.

Our programs are an entertaining and compelling approach for starting difficult conversations, calling out bullying and harassment, increasing inclusion and understanding, and valuing diversity and intersecting identities. Please contact us to discuss a program that meets your needs.

Our Current Touring Production is  looking out // looking in.

This 30 minute play & interactive discussion is hilarious, relevant, and poignant. Looking out // looking in connects issues around race, class, sexuality, age, and gender. The stories are based on the real life experiences of the performers and the audience is encouraged to ask the actors about their stories and share their own experiences. The play includes stories of transgender and non binary, how to be an ally, healthy relationships, and being true to yourself.

Along with the performance, AFT staff can provide workshops in storytelling, devising, and art for social justice. We can work with you to develop a program that is most beneficial for your group.

For more information, or to book a performance, please send an email to Associate Director of Outreach and Engagement Mia Vivens at mia@aboutfacetheatre.com or call 773-784-8565 x105.


Meet the actors on tour in looking out // looking in!

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.