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.
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+ Why FYI?
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. Plays last 45 minutes and are performed for an audience of no more than 40 students. FYI provides resources to the adult contact to continue conversations and answer questions generated by the plays.
+ What makes FYI special?
The four P's serve as the foundational values of our youth programming.
- Pleasure: Plays are artistically rigorous, performed by professional actors. They use movement, music, humor, and other theatrical devises to bring enjoyment to our audiences.
- Pretend: Theatre, as a form, offers low-risk ways for audiences to share their own experiences and ideas through the safety of a character’s perspective.
- Practice: Our participatory model helps audiences put their education and knowledge to work, preparing for future situations and conversations
- Power: Our plays contain structured opportunities for performers to share power with audiences, facilitating a meaningful, intentional and equal exchange of ideas.
Public Season Plays:
First asks complicated questions about the historical and everyday implications of virginity. How do narratives of virginity shape people's behaviors and ideas about the value of sex? What counts when it comes to virginity? It poses these and other questions through debate between a puritan and a unicorn, promising an engaging time for all.
Part documentary theatre, part theatre of the oppressed, and part live action role play, EXPECTATION is an immersive experience designed to illuminate the true stories of pregnant and parenting youth in Chicago. The piece includes performance, installation, and participation to lift up the lived experiences of pregnant and parenting youth in navigating systems that sometimes don't serve them.
Many of us "get" consent: yes means yes, no means no. But what if the reality is more complicated than that? When our culture lacks a shared vocabulary for active consent, we are left lost in the space between definitions spelled out in black and white. Gray Area follows Vi and Tom as they navigate these murky waters, revisiting past lovers and experiences to figure out where our ideas about consent come from. Because when something goes wrong, how do we and our communities heal?
All Spring 2017 public season shows were performed in artistic residence at Envision Unlimited's West Town Center at 1801 N Spaulding Ave, Chicago IL.
Stay tuned for more information about our 2018 Public Season of new work!