Currently I Am We Are meets from 10 PM to midnight on Thursday nights in the black box theatre.

I Am We Are - About Us

I Am We Are was founded with collaborative sponsorship from the Diversity Office and the Department of Theatre and Dance. From the beginning, its mission included the use of performance to create constructive conversations about race, gender, sexuality and identity. When Amy Seham began teaching at Gustavus, she forged a partnership with the director of Diversity for advising I Am We Are and for identifying, contacting and encouraging students of diverse experiences and perspectives to see the group as an open and valuable resource for them.

I Am We Are creates performances using Theatre of the Oppressed techniques, improvisation and story-telling. Scenes are based on the personal experiences of troupe members, so it is especially important that the group include a variety of backgrounds not only in terms of race and sexuality, but also in terms of class, physical ability, body image, addiction and experience of violence. The troupe builds a sense of trust with one another that enables frank and free exchange of ideas, and creates intense, charged performance material that strongly affects its student audiences.

I Am We Are currently operates in two interwoven groups: I Am We Are: Ensemble and I Am We Are: Workshop. The Ensemble is made up of 12-14 members who are selected in an application process. The group performs productions such as E Pluribus Gustavus and Building Bridges, as well as working with the Workshop group in outreach workshops with organizations both on and off campus. The Workshop group is open to anyone interested in the work I Am We Are is committed to doing. The members are trained in the history of Theatre of the Oppressed techniques and theories and lead workshops for groups on and off campus.