When Shannon Ivey began her education at Incarnate Word, she had no idea what her journey would be like. Shortly after arriving at Incarnate Word, Ivey’s brother passed away and Sr. Germaine Corbin’s gentle guidance helped her tremendously through this difficult time. As she became more involved with the Incarnate Word theatre program she met many friends who are now fellow alumni that she has worked with on numerous theatre projects since. Ivey’s experience and education at Incarnate Word has led her to work with other Incarnate Word alumni including Shelly Chance, Jose Ruben De Leon, Tony and Asia Ciaravino, Omar Leos, Maria Ibarra, and Jorge Reyes.
If you ask her about the importance of theatre, she will choose to show you rather than tell you. Ivey recently helped found an organization called Theatre for Change with other UIW alumni, whose motto is “Seek Truth. Create Story. Change the World.” Ivey and her friends created Theatre for Change to raise awareness and provide a strong call to action. Theatre for Change is committed to linking stories inherent in theatre, film and new media to the needs and messages of non-profit organizations.
An example of what Theatre for Change does to engage people can be seen in the upcoming staged reading of Region 8. Region 8 is a story about child abuse in South Texas. The reading will include new media photography of affected children in the Region 8 area and encourage awareness and action on fostering and adopting children. The goal of this event is to put a face and a name to the issue of child abuse in the South Texas. Region 8 is currently developing into a TV series that may be picked up by one of the major networks.
For more information on Theatre for Change check out the website at www.theatreforchange.org.