We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for our next Our Stage / Our Voices Artist-in-Residence.  The Artist-in-Residency provides an opportunity for a selected artist to serve as an activist to readily advance a specific project that can help to raise underrepresented voices in the performing arts.  The selected artist will be personally contracted for $12,000 for their work on the project and have access to a budget of up to $12,000 for additional expenses related to the project.  Applicants will be considered based on their artist and/or activist credentials as well as the strength of their proposed project.  More information and the application is available here

Applications are due by midnight on Friday, December 16.  Please contact Carly Shank with questions and for more information at


Join us for Black Futurez: Mixtape, Side 1, an event celebrating local Black artists, including a preview of Reggie’s residency work-in-progress. 

Our Stage / Our Voices is a new program developed and sponsored by the UIS Performing Arts Center in which members of historically underrepresented communities address the issues of inequality in the regional performing arts with a goal of achieving diversity and inclusion. The artist-in-residence position will rotate annually as Our Stage / Our Voices works to amplify voices and stories throughout the community and create spaces for opportunity, understanding and originality.

Area actor, director, and performing artist Reggie Guyton will serve as the inaugural Our Stage / Our Voices artist-in-residence. During the 2022 calendar year, Mr. Guyton will collaborate with regional Black artists to explore and celebrate the Black experience in America.

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About Reggie Guyton
Our Stage / Our Voices

Past Events

Ragtime Panel Discussion
hosted by OSOV Artist-in-Residence and Ragtime Director Reggie Guyton
May 19, 2022, 6:30pm
Click here for recorded stream.

Creativity, Collaboration, and Community
April 15, 2022
Click here for recorded stream.