Interactive Theatre Troupe

The TWU interactive theatre troupe performing on the Redbud stage
Photo of students backstage in the TWU Interactive Theatre Troup
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
Photo of students backstage in the TWU Interactive Theatre Troup
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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Talia Gritzmacher

MA in Theatre, 2021 
Areas of Study: Theatre for Social Change, Playwriting

Talia is the Assistant Director of TWU ITT. She is currently aiding in the research project “Breaking Bad News: Interactive Theatre to Increase Communication Between Health Care Providers and Patients” as Dr. Noah Lelek’s graduate research assistant. She received her BA from the University of Missouri in 2019, with an emphasis in Writing for Performance.

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Wendy Acosta

BFA in Art Education, 2022

The Vagina Monologues: Miss Pat/Ensemble 
Not About Nightingales: Mrs. Bristol/Mex 
The Laramie Project: Ensemble 
The Shadow Box: Interviewer

“I joined ITT because I wanted to be able to act again and because I believe we need to provide a means to provoke discussions about various issues.”

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Janel Agbor

BA in Theatre: Acting/Directing, 2022

 

“I am a part of ITT because I enjoy the creative process of developing storylines based on real experiences that are not given enough attention. ITT offers a collaborative experience for both the audience members and the actors involved!”

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Olivia Andrade

BA in Theatre: Acting/Directing, 2022

House of Home: Brenda Devita 
Footloose:  Aunt Lulu 
Little Gems' (Great Books):  Beverly

"I am involved in ITT because we tackle societal issues through theatre."

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William Clark

BA in Theatre: Acting/Directing, 2021

A Christmas Carol: Dancer/Topper 
Hamlet: Francisco 
Terra Nova: Sound Designer 
In the Heights: Ensemble Member 
VROOOMMM!: Sound Designer

“As a part of ITT, I hope to shed light on sexual assault and how to spot signs of abuse.”

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Erica Cole

MA in Theatre, 2019 
Areas of Study: Acting/Directing/Design

Collective Connections: Artistic Contributor 
The Long Christmas Ride Home: Assistant Director, Puppet Designer and Creator 
Pretty Please: Playwright, Actor, Puppet Designer and Creator 
Avenue Q: Understudy

"It is not the place of the theatre to show the correct path, but only to offer the means by which all possible paths may be examined." -Augusto Boal

Alexander DeLaCruz-Nunez

Alexander DeLaCruz-Nunez

BA in Theatre: Acting/Directing, 2020

Architecture of Loss: A Devised Piece: Actor

“I enjoy ITT for the people that are in it. They are caring and are happy to have each other's backs during the performances. The lessons that we spread through these performances can be dark, even if they are meant to educate, and a good team makes it a lighter experience.”

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Michael Ainslee Diaz

BA in Theatre: Acting/Directing, 2020

The Birds: Julia 
Young Frankenstein: Inga 
Beauty and the Beast: Babette 
Mother Courage: Kattrin

“I am involved in ITT for the experience. Being in an interactive theatre troupe is an interesting opportunity that I didn't know that I needed. It has helped me grow as an actor and it will help jumpstart my career.”

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Amanda Greenwood

BA in Psychology, 2022

Twelve Angry Men: Juror #2 
Proof: Claire 
Rule of 3 Improv Troupe: Troupe member

“I loved the improv troupe at my high school and wanted to continue to be a part of an improv troupe in college. Upon coming to TWU, I became very intrigued by the Interactive Theatre Troupe for the way in which it would supplement my passion for improv, while also providing the facilitation of dialogue around sensitive social topics that surround the college experience.”

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Jesus Gonzalez

BA in Theatre: Acting/Directing, 2022

Mama Mia!: Ensemble 
Silent Sky: Peter 
The Addams Family Musical: Mal

“I enjoy the spontaneity of improv theatre which is something we usually don't get in traditional theatre.”

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Alisha Hannah

BA in Theatre: Acting/Directing, 2022

The Birds: Costuming 
Emilie: Costuming 
Cabaret: Costuming 
Mother Courage and her Children: Lighting Crew

"I decided to join ITT because I wanted to feel a part of something. I feel that it's important that I can impact the world in some sort of way. I want to be able to bring awareness to current situations and possible help bring forward change. I felt being in ITT could help me do so, but do it in a way I know best."

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Long Ho

BA in Theatre: Technical/Design

The Architecture of Loss: Assistant Director, Sound Designer 
The Birds: Sound Designer 
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee: William Barfee 
Love Song: Sound Designer

“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 to interact with the situation and propose a solution to these issues and apply them to everyday life.”

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Katherine Hogan

BA in Theatre: Acting/Directing, 2020

Skin of Our Teeth: Gladys 
Mother Courage: Swiss Cheese 
Antigone: The Page 
Emilie: Soubrette

“I joined because I love theatre and I love theatre that supports causes.”

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Stephanie Jasper

BA in Theatre: Technical/ Design, 2020

“Theatre is fluid.”

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Lauren Jordan

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

Macbeth: Lady Macbeth 
Emilie la Marquise du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight: Emilie 
Phaedra: Phaedra 
Shakespeare Dallas’ Summer 2019 Season: Stitcher

“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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Mia Leavell

BA in Theatre: Tech/Design, 2022

The Birds: Dresser 
Emilie La Marquise Du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight: Lighting Board Operator 
Cabaret: Hair Designer

“I love how being in the Interactive Theater Troupe because it has given me the opportunity to bring more awareness to and educate myself and others about prevalent social issues. And being a part of the creative process such as writing and developing backgrounds for different characters has also helped me think about these situations in a way I never would have before.”

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Feyisayo Ogunlana

BA in Psychology, Minor in Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies, 2020

Avenue Q: Gary Coleman 
Romeo and Juliet Mad Max: Tybalt 
Twelve Angry Men: No. 3 
The Adams Family: Ancestor

"Interactive Theatre Troupe is a creative, proactive and engaging response to addressing controversial topics. Personally, I am a huge advocate for challenging the status quo and asking questions. I believe Interactive Theatre Troupe will bring a refreshing perspective to our audiences."

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Fo Oluade

PhD in Multicultural Women's and Gender Studies

Welcome to College: Heather

“I love being a part of something that encourages everyone to be better humans.”

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Tatum Pecora

BA in Theatre: Education 2022

Emilie: Assistant Stage Manager 
Mother Courage: Ordinance Officer 
The Birds: Stagehand

“I am a part of ITT because I’m very passionate about theatre and all of the emotional value it brings to the audience, especially when you’re dealing with real life situations, which is exactly what the ITT troupe focuses on.”

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Sydney Sandburg

BA in Theatre: Technical/ Design, 2020

The Long Christmas Ride Home: Stage Management 
Emilie La Marquis Du Chatalet Defends her Life Tonight: Stage Management 
The Walmartians: Lorraine

“I am involved with ITT because I want to help start a dialogue about current issues that our generation is dealing with.”

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Tyler Voyles

BA in Theatre: Education, 2023

Julia Pastrana: Lent 
Cinderella: Ensemble 
Anything Goes: Elisha J Whitney 
She Kills Monsters: Director

"I joined ITT to help make a change while doing what I love most. I have always wanted to get into activism and thanks to ITT I can now do Theatre at the same time."

About Dr. Noah Lelek

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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.

 

 

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