FYI Performance Company
FYI Performance Company
For Youth Inquiry (FYI) designs participatory theater experiences to activate the creative potential of school, family, and healthcare systems and improve the wellbeing of youth. Our youth education programming, which includes participatory plays, residencies, and peer education offerings, reach thousands of young people each year. In addition to touring our plays to schools and communities, we also produce performances for the public.
Now more than ever, ICAH knows that cultural problems demand cultural solutions. If you believe that our creative imaginations can help dismantle oppressive systems and behaviors, please support the development of this critical art by donating now.
For Youth Inquiry (FYI) opens the door to safe and engaging conversations about sexual health and sexual violence with youth audiences. All FYI programs promote pleasurable enjoyment in sexuality education, cultivate inquiry, and provide students with opportunities to practice applying sexual health education content to their own lives.
The four P's serve as the foundational values of our youth programming.
Directed by Quenna Lené Barrett + Nik Zaleski
Written by Quenna Lené Barrett, Christabel Donkor, Danielle Littman, Jessamyn Fitzpatrick, Clair Fuller + Nik Zaleski
Produced by Catherine Miller
Centering stories of young people in Illinois who have terminated pregnancies, This Boat Called My Body seats audiences in a metaphor of islands that youth must navigate to access abortion. Through spectacle, dance, opera, and interaction with water, This Boat Called My Body asks us to better understand what reproductive access looks like for all. The play is being performed in partnership with the Chicago Park District.
Youth up to age 22 can get free tickets using code trustyouth at checkout!
Take a listen to some of the stories we collected from young people about their experiences ending their pregnancies.
We're still collecting stories from Illinoisans under age 24 who have ended pregnancies or thought about ending pregnancies. We believe that these stories must be heard, especially in light of the national political climate and the 2013 enforcement of the Parental Notification for Abortion Act in Illinois. If you or someone you know is interested in sharing your story, please contact Anna at firstname.lastname@example.org or text 773-599-1063. We will provide a $25 Visa Gift Card for an hour of your time. We are happy to interview you at a place of your choosing, or at ICAH’s office: 719 S State St., Chicago, IL.
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In February, we invited you to write letters to youth who've had abortions. They'll form part of an installation at our upcoming performances of This Boat Called My Body, and they'll be shared with the young people who shared their stories with us.
Our plays Project Us, Can I Hit It?, and Start the Convo: Sex Ed Rescripted tour to schools throughout Chicago. You can find out more--and book these plays for your school our community--by visiting our youth education page. In addition to our touring work, FYI created the following plays as part of our inaugural public season in 2017!