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I Am You performances
February 21 & 22 at 7 p.m.
Ted Jones Playhouse, 107 W 9th Street Bloomington, IN

Tickets are currently on-sale at the
BCT Box Office, 114 E Kirkwood Avenue, IN

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In February, nine performers and a ten member Playback improvisational troupe, will present I Am You, a professional theatrical production demonstrating to the community that all individuals have artistic abilities and stories to share as well as dreams and aspirations. Stone Belt received a grant from the Indiana Arts Commission for I Am You performances in 2020.

Stone Belt’s I Am You focuses on empowering people with disabilities to speak for themselves and share a part of their life story with the community. They will share their stories through different media such as monologues, music, poetry, and artwork. requires a seven month commitment. The performers are selected following an agency-wide audition and narrowed down based on their desire to share their story, artistic ambitions, and impact on the audience. I Am You performers vary fro

I Am You performers are clients supported by Stone Belt in Bloomington, Bedford, and Columbus. I Am You performers include Logan Bell, Johnny Brooking, Neisha Luther, Derrick Martin, Kenton McInteer, Patty Muelenbein, Beth Myers, Ryan Pollack and Carl Strange, requires a seven month commitment. The performers are selected following an agency-wide audition and narrowed down based on their desire to share their story, artistic ambitions, and impact on the audience. I Am You performers vary from year-to-year and are chosen to represent a wide range of different backgrouall individuals with developmental disabilities. I Am You is directed by Lucy Farmer.

Members of the Playback troupe include Kimmi Bignell, Mary Kate Bistro, Betsy Higgins, Mai Key, Brandon Kerfoot, Wesley Mull, Jessica Walker, Stephanie Weber, Dan Lodge-Rigal, and Lucy Farmer. The Playback troupe is directed by Whitney Sullivan.
Peforming in I Am You requires a seven month commitment. The performers are selected following an agency-wide audition and narrowed down based on their desire to share their story, artistic ambitions, and impact on the audience. I Am You performers vary from year-to-year and are chosen to represent a wide range of different backgrounds and abilities.

Once selected, directors Lucy Farmer and Whitney Sullivan established relationships and supported each performer in choosing a meaningful story and determining the most captivating method to share their story on stage. Performers worked on their pieces individually, in small groups, and large groups to get feedback and make changes and adjustments as needed. Following three months of rehearsing, it is finally showtime!

Stone Belt produced its first I Am You stage production in 2008 to give a voice to the voiceless. The concept grew from Michelle Davenport’s (a recreational therapy student at that time) desire to document and preserve the stories of people with disabilities. Michelle believed the stories of inspiration, courage, and resilience could be brought to stage as a powerful testament to the performers’ courage and strength. Using Bloomington Playwrights Project’s professional stage created a high-quality production value and gave audience members an intimate way to experience the lives of people with disabilities.
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I Am You: Stories of Resilience, Courage, and Power

Bryson shares his struggle with depression as a transgender man. Jessica tells how she deals with violence by being kind and having pity for her bully. Jeff explains how he stood up for himself and fought back against a bully. Jacob reveals his struggles with self-mutilation after a lifetime of bullying. These are just a few stories of resilience, courage and power that are shared by people with developmental disabilities. Step into their lives and see how they had to stand up and fight back to gain independence and live their dreams.

To give a voice to the voiceless, Stone Belt launched its first “I Am You” stage production in 2008. This concept grew from recreational therapy student Michelle Davenport’s desire to document and preserve the stories of people with disabilities. Along with Amy Jackson, the development director at that time, Michelle believed the stories of inspiration, courage, and resilience could be brought to stage as a powerful testament to the performers’ courage and strength.  Using the Bloomington Playwrights Project’s professional stage created a high-quality production value and gave audience members an intimate way to experience the lives of people with disabilities.  

In 2018, as people prepared their presentations, a common theme surfaced—bullying. Each of the performers agreed to have their stories compiled into this book. They include Jacob Johns, Jeff Stillions, Bryson Wrightsman, Marylin Chitwood, Anna Harner, Julia Adams, Jessica Walker, Tommy Cunningham, Nick Parsley, Thomas Phillips, Amber Teulker and Carla Mann. 

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Stone Belt Arc is the local chapter of The Arc in Monroe County. The Arc is committed to all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities realizing their goals of living, learning, working and fully participating in the community. The combined strength of local Arcs, The Arc of Indiana and The Arc of the United States makes The Arc the largest national community-based organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Learn more about The Arc by visiting www.arcind.org and www.thearc.org.

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