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.
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 was performed in partnership with the Chicago Park District.
Take a listen to some of the stories we collected from young people about their experiences ending their 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.
In February, we invited you to write letters to youth who've had abortions. They formed part of an installation at our performances of This Boat Called My Body.
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!