The Issues Troupe is a program out of the Office of Multicultural Programs & Services, which uses theatre as a tool to explore the issues that deeply affect college students. Short vignettes, skits, and short plays are written and performed by Emory students to increase an awareness of campus diversity issues, such as racial stereotypes, cultural differences, and current issues. The vignettes are written and acted by Emory students and directed by our Issues Troupe Director. In fact, the Issues Troupe was honored as the opening act at The Best in Show, an arts spectacle, presented to all freshmen during Orientation, and opened for Spike Lee’s State of Race at Emory in 2011.
Ken Hornbeck is the Director of the Issues Troupe. He served as Artistic Director of Mount Sinai Medical Center’s STAR theatre (now NiteStar) from 1989-1997, and was Founder and Executive Artistic Director of the EN-ACTE Program at Emory University from 1997-2001. As the director of the Issues Troupe, Ken has been pleased to direct five original short plays dealing with diversity for the Fall Orientations and other productions such as “War Daddy”, “Shrapnel”, “Heliocentricity”, “What’s the Difference”, and “A Beautiful Disaster” presented for Emory’s Founders Celebration.