Individuals impacted by cancer are invited to participate in “Raising Our Voices” with Stuart Pimsler Dance Theater at UAB

Information sessions for people to share their experiences will be at noon and 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, at UAB’s Alys Stephens Center.


Living with cancer can prove isolating for patients, caregivers and loved ones. Stuart Pimsler Dance Theater and the University of Alabama at Birmingham are inviting members of the Birmingham community impacted by cancer to share their experiences for a March 14 performance.

UAB Institute for Arts in Medicine and critically acclaimed SPDT, a Minneapolis-based performing arts company, will present its National Endowment for the Arts project, “Raising Our Voices: Stories of Cancer told through Movement, Music and Voice,” on Saturday, March 14, at UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center.  

Information sessions for interested individuals will be at noon and 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, at UAB’s Alys Stephens Center, with SPDT co-artistic directors Suzanne Costello and Stuart Pimsler. The information sessions are free, but attendees should register. Registration is available online at For more information, contact SPDT at

Participants are invited to share their experiences in a series of workshops from Feb. 28-March 14. Cast members will be assigned specific times within the two-week period.

Stuart Pimsler Dance Theater is recognized by The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as a “National Model” for community programs, and the National Endowment for the Arts for “Best Practices” in the field of arts and health. For more than 35 years, SPDT has garnered critical acclaim for its compelling and poignant performance work and commitment to community-inclusive programming. 

This residency and performance are made possible with support from UAB’s Visual and Performing Arts, Institute for Arts in Medicine, UAB Medicine, SPDT, National Endowment for the Arts, Our Community Foundation for a Greater Birmingham Women’s Breast Health Fund Forge Breast Cancer Survivor Center, and UAB College of Arts and SciencesDepartment of Theatre.