There are seven youth and three elders cast in this play, Everything is a Circle. It is the lived experiences of youth and elders that provide much of the story line. Bonnie Morris from Illusion Theater assisted in crafting this play. It is directed by Curtis Kirby III. At every performance, there have been Native people who seek help/counseling for the sexual abuse that they have experienced. This is a powerful piece of theater and we are proud to be part of the healing journey for our communities.
The Ikidowin Peer Educators and Acting Ensemble is a troupe of Native teens 12 through 18 years old and created by the Indigenous Peoples Task Force (IPTF) 28 years ago located in South Minneapolis. This program trains youth to lead theater-based education on topics such as Sexual health, Teen pregnancy, Sexual Violence, Substance abuse, Historical trauma and other issues. The youth participate in creating original theatrical pieces to perform in schools, conferences and theaters. The goal is to use storytelling to educate our communities and promote wellness. The curriculum is designed to also teach our native values through the Seven Grandfather teachings: Love, Respect, Bravery, Honesty, Humility, Truth and Wisdom.