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ISU Performing Arts Center Adds Sensory Performances and New Creative Works


The ISU Center for the Performing Arts has announced the addition of sensory events to the show schedule. These performances last 60 minutes and will take place at the ISU Studio Theatre. We hope these events will increase access to the arts for people with sensory disabilities and their families in our community. Everyone is welcome.

Director of Arts Programs Carly Shank said: “Both of these shows are designed for those who are sensitive to dramatic change. We won’t be having any major lighting changes or sound changes. It’s in our venue more small, so it’s not so overwhelming and everyone can feel more comfortable.”

Musician Chris Vallillo and Springfield’s Copper Coin Ballet Company have crafted performances that showcase their art forms while minimizing the challenges to the senses that traditional events sometimes pose.

Discover Songs of Illinois with Chris Vallillo, November 10, 6:30 p.m.
Discover Rockballet with the Copper Coin Ballet, February 9 at 6:30 p.m.

More information at: UISpac.com/education/sensory-friendly

Discover the music of emerging black artists and witness new creative work in progress! Black Futurez: Mixtape, Side 1, Friday, November 18, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. at UIS Studio Theater

Following performances by local musicians, Our Stage/Our Voices Artist-in-Residence Reggie Guyton will lead the performers in a brief discussion. The event will conclude with a look at some of the spoken word and musical work Mr. Guyton has developed during his residency at ISU.

Weaving together mythical lore, parable and personal experience, the unfolding narrative of Black Futurez: Mixtape can best be described as a compilation of the ideas and emotions of black youth living in the present day. Featuring creator Reggie Guyton alongside special artists and guest musicians, you’ll get a glimpse of this evolving work.

About our stage / our voices:

Our Stage/Our Voices is a new program developed and sponsored by the ISU Center for the Performing Arts in which members of historically underrepresented communities address issues of inequality in regional performing arts with the aim of achieving to diversity and inclusion. The Artist-in-Residence position will rotate annually as Our Stage/Our Voices works to amplify voices and stories throughout the community and create spaces for opportunity, understanding and originality.

Local actor, director and performing artist Reggie Guyton is the first Our Stage/Our Voices Artist-in-Residence. In calendar year 2022, Mr. Guyton will collaborate with regional Black artists to explore and celebrate the Black experience in America.