UNITY Performance

Seated audience members, one of whom is receiving a flower from a performer


On May 2, 2023, the spring Social Impact Studio in theatre presented a devised performance entitled UNITY, inspired by the group's work with the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute's seven Principles of Peace: Love, Unity, Faith, Hope, Courage, Justice, and Forgiveness.

Watch the performance

A Look Inside the Co-Creation Process

Five individuals performing on a stage; two kneeling, two standing, and one holding flowers

"We had these prompts on all these chairs around the room, and we all went around and writing one line at a time to create poems that shared all of our voices. And then we took all of those many poems and then weaved those together to create a final product — so it was really a product of unity amongst us as artists."

Joye Prince, Graduate Student, Applied Theatre '25

Social Impact Studios, facilitated by the Engagement Lab, give Emerson students and faculty the opportunity to work directly with local grassroots changemakers to co-create media projects that will make an impact in Boston and beyond.

UNITY was co-created in Spring 2023's Social Impact Studio in theatre, in partnership with the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute and Massachusetts Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence. The text was generated collaboratively by the participants in the studio.


Project Team

Photo of Allison Beauregard

Allison Beauregard

Graduate Student, Theatre Education & Applied Theatre ‘24

Photo of Camille Cappello

Camille Cappello

Graduate Student, Applied Theatre

Photo of Brielle Fowlkes

Brielle Fowlkes

Graduate Student

Photo of Kasey McFerren

Kasey McFerren

Graduate Student, Applied Theatre '23

Photo of Fiona Paige Brown

Fiona Paige Brown

Interdisciplinary Studies '26

Photo of Joye Prince

Joye Prince

Graduate Student, Applied Theatre '25

Photo of Katie Sibley

Katie Sibley

Graduate Student '24

Photo of Angelica Fontes

Angelica Fontes

Community Organizer, Massachusetts Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence

Photo of Sanye Gonzalez

Sanye Gonzalez

Learning Partner

Photo of Damien Leach

Damien Leach

Learning Partner

Photo of Dana Edell

Dana Edell

ELab Senior Fellow; Assistant Professor, Performing Arts