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FYI Performance Company

FYI Performance Company

FYI Performance Company

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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.

+ 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.

+ 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.

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Plays


Plays


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Produced by Jessamyn Fitzpatrick Directed by Quenna Lené Barrett Written by Jessamyn Fitzpatrick, Deanalís Resto and Dionne Addai

Produced by Jessamyn Fitzpatrick
Directed by Quenna Lené Barrett
Written by Jessamyn Fitzpatrick, Deanalís Resto and Dionne Addai

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.

 
Directed and Co-conceived by Alyssa Vera Ramos Associate Directed and Co-conceived by Alejandro Tey Produced by Catherine Miller

Directed and Co-conceived by Alyssa Vera Ramos
Associate Directed and Co-conceived by Alejandro Tey
Produced by Catherine Miller

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 life up the lived experiences of pregnant and parenting youth in navigating systems that sometimes don't serve them.

 
Directed by Jacob Watson Written by Sarah Bernstein and Elon Sloan Produced by Vince Pagán

Directed by Jacob Watson
Written by Sarah Bernstein and Elon Sloan
Produced by Vince Pagán

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 hared 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?

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Though we always love speaking with folks one-on-one, we know that this option isn't for everyone. Click on the image above to share your story with us virtually!

Though we always love speaking with folks one-on-one, we know that this option isn't for everyone. Click on the image above to share your story with us virtually!

ICAH is currently collecting stories from young people (under age 24) in Illinois 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.

The stories collected will inform a play in FYI’s public season in Spring 2018 to advocate for abortion access for all youth. Storytellers' names and identifying information will not be shared, and we will ensure that any aspects stories that end up in the play are represented in a way that storytellers feel comfortable with.

Interviews will take place starting July 1, 2017. If you or someone you know is interested in sharing your story, please contact Anna at anna@icah.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.