Troubling Violence Performance Troupe to Perform on MVC Campus

Posted March 8, 2017

The Troubling Violence Performance Troupe will visit the Missouri Valley College campus on Wednesday, March 15, giving a live performance at 3 p.m. in the Ferguson Center Formal Lounge to raise awareness of college-age dating violence. This performance is free and open to the public.

The performance is sponsored by the MVC Honors Program and the MVC Theatre Department.

“This semester, the Honors Program students are focusing their service work on raising awareness of campus dating violence and improving access to resources,” said Dr. Claire Schmidt, Honors Program Director. “One in three American teens experience dating violence--that’s a huge number. The Troubling Violence actors make campus dating violence impossible to ignore.”

Founded in 2001 by Dr. Elaine Lawless, a Mizzou folklore and English professor, and Dr. Heather Carver, a Mizzou Theatre professor, the Troubling Violence Performance Troupe performs narratives given to them by survivors of domestic abuse. The project grew out of Lawless’s book Women Escaping Violence: Empowerment Through Narrative, an ethnography of storytelling in a battered women’s shelter.

Men and women of college age experience abuse at high rates--nearly half (43%) of U.S. college women who date report experiencing violent and abusive dating behavior, according to However, the majority of college students do not report abuse and their peers cannot recognize the warning signs of abuse (

“The Troubling Violence Performance Troupe shares stories that let survivors know they’re not alone. It’s powerful to tell your story and it’s important to know that you can get help,” said Dr. Schmidt.

For more information, contact Dr. Claire Schmidt at


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