Our Stage / Our Voices

Our Stage / Our Voices (OS/OV) exists to provide opportunities for performing artists who are members of historically underrepresented communities to address the issues of inequality in the regional performing arts with the goal of achieving diversity and inclusion.  These historically underrepresented communities include but are not limited to BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and persons with disabilities.  

The OS/OV Artist-in-Residency Program is a program that provides an opportunity for a selected artist to serve as an activist to readily advance a specific project that can help to raise underrepresented voices in the performing arts.

Area actor, director, playwright and singer Steve Sykes (he/his) will serve as the 2024 Our Stage / Our Voices Artist-in-Residence.  During his residency, Mr. Sykes hopes to increase opportunities for members of central Illinois’ disabled community to enjoy and participate in theater.  In addition to discussions, workshops and forums, he plans to present a seminal theatrical work starring disabled and nondisabled performers. 

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Steve Sykes
Our Stage / Our Voices