Nuestra Voz

Nuestra Voz is a summertime theater camp that explores playwrighting, dance, and theatrical skills. It  partners underserved Isla Vista teenagers with UCSB undergraduates to create a community-based theatrical performance. Conceived in 2004 by Dr. Judy Bauerlein, Nuestra Voz fosters a habit of community engagement by UCSB students and theatrical exploration by teens from the St. George Youth Center. In 2018, their fifteenth year, Nuestra Voz presented teen-written plays  to a delighted full house of performers’ families, friends, and UCSB students under the theme HEROES. Plays featured heroes in every sense of the word: everyday, super, video games, and more!

In addition to bringing UCSB students into partnership with IV teens, many of whom have lived in IV all of their lives, Nuestra Voz strives to confer a sense of “ownership” of the university upon the teens. UCSB is a public university, and as such has a serious obligation to throw open its facilities to the adjacent community. Nuestra Voz does this by bringing the teens to campus each day to work in drama studios, access costume and scene shops, and to collaborate with professional choreographers and designers. The camp culminates in a full performance at the 100-seat Studio Theater in the Department of Theater and Dance.




For the Summer of 2019! Consider joining THTR 194A: Group Studies in Acting and Directing – Nuestra Voz, a six week class that focuses on the intersections of theater, education, and community. Working in a camp-like atmosphere, students lead local youth through the process of writing and performing an original play. Emphasizing personal empowerment and community building through creative practice, this course offers a unique hands-on learning environment. Plus, pizza is served every Friday! Open to all UCSB students in all majors and requires no prior experience with theater or teaching.  

Contact: Jesús Valencia, Director of Nuestra Voz, at