Interactive Theatre Troupe

The TWU interactive theatre troupe performing on the Redbud stage
The TWU interactive theatre troupe performs for an audience
The TWU interactive theatre troupe performing on the Redbud stage
The TWU interactive theatre troupe performs for an audience
The TWU interactive theatre troupe performing on the Redbud stage
The TWU interactive theatre troupe performs for an audience

Using theatre for dialogue, education, and awareness

The Texas Woman's University Interactive Theatre Troupe (TWU ITT) was founded in 2016 by Dr. Noah Lelek with support from a Creative Arts and Humanities Grant from the TWU Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. The troupe is housed in and strongly supported by the Theatre Department. The goal of the troupe is to increase dialogue about sensitive subjects, including sexual assault, victim blaming and racial injustice. The troupe is based on Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed and Forum Theatre techniques, which provide audiences a way to promote social change and explore, analyze, and transform the circumstances in which they live. The performance begins with a 5-10 minute traditional play, followed by time for the audience to ask the characters questions about their backgrounds, the situation, and their motivations. Finally, members of the audience are asked to enter the scene to try to solve the issues raised in the script in a safe and supportive manner.

Scripts

Welcome to College: This script has six actors and deals with sexual assault and victim blaming following an off-campus party and can be used for groups of students, staff, faculty, etc.

Enjoy your Weekend: The script has two actors and deals with sexual assault, victim blaming, and how faculty, staff, and students deal with reporting instances of sexual assault. This script works well for faculty/staff training.

Diversity in the Classroom: This script has five actors—four students and one professor. The setting is a classroom where a discussion about racial injustice spirals out of control. This script is great for faculty/graduate student training on how to deal with microaggressions, diversity, and communication in the classroom.

Book us for your next event

We recommend performances last at least 75 minutes, with an audience of between 10-100 people. 

To request a performance from the troupe, or to request information about consulting, please contact Dr. Noah Lelek at nlelek@twu.edu.

Hear from our audience

“It was very effective in giving realistic situations/points of view to what happens and what tactics would work as an outsider helping the situation.”

“After working at a number of colleges, this was perhaps the most powerful program I've seen.”

Performances

  • 2018 Cultivate Safe College Campuses: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Campus Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Conference at Southern Methodist University
  • Plenary session at the 22nd Annual Texas Higher Education Law Conference at the University of North Texas
  • North Central Texas College-Gainesville
  • Midwestern State University
  • Performances at Pioneer Camp at Texas Woman’s University
  • Performance at the North American Drama Therapy Association Conference in Kansas City, MO
  • Performance at the National Communication Association Conference in Salt Lake City, UT
  • Plenary session at the 2018 Council of Colleges of Arts & Sciences in Chicago, IL

Meet the troupe

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Logan Broker

BA in Theatre: Technical/Design, 2019

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Alexander DelaCruz-Nunez

BA in Theatre: Acting/Directing, 2020

 

“I joined ITT for the opportunity to act, but also for the opportunity to broaden the audience’s perspectives on social issues in a controlled and meaningful way. There are always two sides to every coin plus its edge and we forget that sometimes.”

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Alexis-Marie Garay

BA in Theatre: Acting/Directing, 2021

The Wicked Witch: Wizard of Oz: The Wicked Witch
Rabbit Hole: Becca Corbett
Shape of Things: Evelyn
Footloose: Rusty

Alexis-Marie joined ITT to fulfill her love for acting and to discuss college issues to protect her peers. 

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Long Ho

BA in Theatre: Technical/Design, 2020

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee: William Barfee

“I believe ITT is a great creative outlet for the community to observe, analyze, and respond to social issues in our present society. It allows the actors and audience interact with the situation and propose a solution to these issues and apply them to everyday life.”

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Lauren Jordan

BA in Theatre: Acting/Directing and Certificate in Musical Theatre, 2020

Skin of our Teeth: Sabina
The Wal*Mart-ians: Gina Miller
Phaedra: Phaedra

“I joined ITT because of the positive impact it could have on people. I think that the more educated people are about situations like the ones we present, the more likely it is for people to reach out to one another and support those in need.”

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Tempie Love

BA in Theatre: Acting/Directing, 2018

Crimes of the Heart: Babe
Actor’s Nightmare: Meg
Real Queen of Hearts Ain’t Even Pretty: Liz Nichols
Zombie Prom: Coco

“I joined ITT because I love that it’s theatre with a message. Theatre is something that I truly love, and the fact that I can use it to bring light to social issues is exciting.”

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Alexuss Song

BA in Theatre: Acting/Directing, 2020

Gun Show: Ensemble
These Shining Lives: Francis
The Women of Lockerbie: Woman 1

“ITT helps each of us understand each other in a different perspective. I personally enjoy sending out our deep messages and informing our audiences about the issues that are going on today. It also helps me continue my passion for acting and conquer improvisation when being questioned on the spot. I’m in ITT because it’s an overall informative experience that we all share a passion to be a part of.”

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Jade Terrell

BA in Theatre: Acting/Directing, 2020

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee: Leaf Coneybear
The Rocky Horror Show: Brad Major
Antigone: Guard 1

“I joined ITT to bring awareness to present problems in society, I hope that ITT will help educate others on the issues and inspire people to help and make changes in their daily lives.”

About Dr. Noah Lelek

 

Dr. Noah Lelek received a Ph.D. in Theatre and Performance Studies from the University of Missouri in 2012, where he was the Assistant Director for the MU Interactive Theatre Troupe and a member of the prestigious Rollins Society.  He also received a B.S.Ed. in Speech and Theatre Education and an M.A. in Theatre, both from Missouri State University. After receiving his Ph.D., he worked briefly for a theatre company in Chicago creating original musicals with incarcerated youth. In 2015, Dr. Lelek was awarded the Diversity Award for Excellence from the Mississippi Board of Trustees and the Mid-Career Award for Artistic Scholarship, Teaching and Leadership from the National Communication Association. His research and creative interests include performance auto/ethnography, performative writing, devising, directing, lighting design, and theatre for social justice. He is the creator and Artistic Director of the TWU Interactive Theatre Troupe.

 

 

Page last updated 5:00 PM, October 11, 2018