Our newest endeavor, HIVoices®, is a storytelling project intended to raise awareness and amplify communication between members of our own community who live daily with HIV and the people in their world who too often aren’t fully aware of the illness’s impact on their lives. Supportive and well-meaning physicians, nurses, other care providers, and even family members frequently don’t fully comprehend the personal toll of this disease. The project is a joint effort between Falcon Theatre, the Northern Kentucky Health Department, the Cincinnati Health Network, and AIDS Volunteers of Northern Kentucky. In 2016, six persons living with HIV from Northern Kentucky were interviewed about the illness and its personal impact. The interviews were transcribed and molded into a series of monologues. The stories represent the diverse experiences of those who have fully integrated the disease into their lives. The monologues capture a broad range of moods and emotions as they portray the spirit of those living with HIV. As HIVoices® continues to grow, our goal is to include stories from people of many ages, ethnicities and walks of life. Not only will future stories include a more diverse group of people with HIV, they will also tell the stories of care-givers and family members who have been affected by the disease.
The spoken introduction to the HIVoices® program captures the essence and passion of the work.
Read it here: HIVoices intro
“What a wonderful production – I was sincerely impressed with all aspects of it. This is a great way of educating people on so many levels through combining facts and information with the telling of stories that take you through a full range of emotions. The stories are heartwarming and compelling and the actors are very talented, playing multiple people.”
Lynne M. Saddler, MD, MPH
District Director of Health, Northern Kentucky Health Department
“What a great way to inform people that not only are individuals dealing with their diagnosis but they also have to deal with stigma and everyday life situations.”
Carlos Lopez, Case Manager, Northern Kentucky Health Department
“Giving voice and telling these stories is so important.”
Mark J. Hillenbrand, MSW, LISW
“What a powerful project HIVoices is! Thanks to you and Falcon Theatre for meaningful community outreach.”
“It seems important to listen to these stories and be more aware.”
Aspen Stein, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
“I really admire the mission of this project, and your dedication to education and outreach. I think the work that you and Falcon Theater are doing is extremely important, and I hope that you are able to continue to grow and evolve HIVoices and leave a lasting impact on our community.”
Abigail Karr, Miami University, Oxford, Oh.
- Cincinnati Health Network
- Campbell Country Public Library
- University of Cincinnati Medical Center – Infectious Disease Clinic Staff
- Miami University, Oxford, OH
- Kentucky Public Health Association