Abe’s main work is uniting artists, neighbors, community groups and local businesses to collaborate on OUT performance work in the Boston neighborhoods of Roxbury, Dorchester, Jamaica Plain and the South End. Programs Abe has founded include True Colors: OUT Youth Theater; A Street Theater Named Desire (an AIDS-activist guerrilla troupe performing in gay cruising areas); and Come As You Are, a national performance series to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising.
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They, Their, Them // Antigone is a non-binary lesbian who uses they/them pronouns. They are a drag king by the name of Lancelin S'il-Vous-Plait and a sound tech with True Colors Out Youth Theater. They love horror movies and practicing their badger calls.
She, Her, Hers // Amanda Kibler is the Education Director at The Coterie Theatre in Kansas City, MO and founder of Project Pride. She earned her M.F.A. in theatre for young audiences from the University of Central Florida. Before joining The Coterie, she worked as an actor, director, and teaching artist at the Omaha Theater Company in Omaha, NE, Orlando Repertory Theatre in Orlando, FL, and Visible Fictions in Glasgow, Scotland. She loves creating theatre for and with youth of all ages.
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Brennan O’Rourke is a white, queer, trans-femme theatre practitioner and poet dedicated to queer storytelling. Brennan holds a BA in Dramatizing Justice from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. While there, they investigated theatre and its relationship to communities’ histories, identities and memories in efforts to create and imagine justice. They wear many hats, including being a teaching artist, sexual health educator, freelance costume designer, and program manager.
He, Him, His // Brian Guehring is the Playwright in Residence and Education Director of the Omaha Theater Company, whose education department does drama and dance education outreach for every single child in over 71 local schools each school year (reaching over 31,000 students). He is also the co-founder and co-director of the award winning teen theater troupe Pride Players. Brian’s plays for young audiences include Sherlock Holmes and the First Baker Street Irregular, and The Grocer’s Goblin.
About Face Theatre Chicago, IL Primary Contact: Donny Acosta About Face Youth Theatre (AFYT) seeks to increase the safety, empowerment and leadership capacity of LGBTQIA youth, and to catalyze youth-led civic dialogue and action within schools and communities. Through the creation and performance of ensemble-based plays in dynamic collaboration with accomplished adult artists, AFYT encourages and supports our youth to become powerful agents for change.
Lexington, KY Primary Contact: Theo Meacham Company Q exists to be a safe space for queer, trans, and allied teens to explore their lives through art. The company works with young people ages 13-22, creating original, provocative, and disruptive art that challenges oppression and power systems.
Rainbow Pride Youth Alliance San Bernardino, CA Primary Contact: Benita Annette Ramsey RPYA is an LGBTQ+ Mental Health Non-Profit designed to promote, advocate and create mental health spaces for youth and their parents or guardians. The mission of Rainbow Pride Youth Alliance is to provide a safe, healthy, and enriching environment for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and intersex (LGBTQI+) youth of the Inland Empire.
New Orleans, LA Primary Contact: Rachel Lee LOUD’s mission is to utilize ensemble theatre to cultivate tools for self-expression, develop an intersectional analysis of oppression and build community through devising and producing original theater. LOUD produces one show a year that is developed through a rigorous, youth-led ensemble process, highlighting themes such as police violence, intersectional identity, combating injustice and building solidarity.
Waterville, ME Primary Contact: Mark Fairman Out & Allied Youth Theatre is a troupe of artists who use theatre to share their stories, build community, and address issues of social justice. Out & Allied’s programming includes: 1) Producing and performing an original production annually, 2) Conducting Summer Theatre camps for students in grades 4-12, 3) Facilitating theatre-based statewide workshops, most typically for teams of middle & high school students and their advisors, and more.
Atlanta, GA Primary Contact: Paul Conroy Out Front Theatre Company, was established to tell stories of the LGBTQIA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intergender, Allied) experience and community, giving voice to LGBTQIA+ authors, composers, artists, and creators through the medium of theatre and the performing arts. Out Front plans to develop new works and produce classic pieces of theatre that have communicated these stories of the LGBTQIA+ population to a wider audience.
The Omaha Theater Company Omaha, NE Primary Contact: Brian Guehring Proud Theater is an award-winning, exciting, and innovative LGBTQI+ and Allied youth theater program in Wisconsin whose mission is 'to change the world through the power of theater and the theater arts, and to make a positive difference in the lives of LGBTQIA+ youth through the tenets of art, heart, and activism'. Founded in Madison, Wisconsin, in 1999, the group is open to youth that identify as LGBTQIA+.
The Coterie Kansas City, MO Primary Contact: Amanda Kibler Project Pride is a group of LGBTQ and straight allied teens creating theatre that gives voice to their experiences, culminating in a production that challenges the assumptions and celebrates the diversity of the participants and audience. Project Pride is an annual project that meets in November, December, and January to create show material. We then rehearse in February for our final performance.
Art and Soul Innovations, Inc. Wisconsin Primary Contact: Brian Wild Proud Theater is an award-winning, exciting, and innovative LGBTQI+ and Allied youth theater program in Wisconsin whose mission is 'to change the world through the power of theater and the theater arts, and to make a positive difference in the lives of LGBTQIA+ youth through the tenets of art, heart, and activism'. Founded in Madison, Wisconsin, in 1999, the group is open to youth that identify as LGBTQIA+.
Circuit Playhouse, Inc. Memphis, TN Primary Contact: Claire Rutkauskas Q&A uses theatre to explore and express what life is like for LGBTQIA and allied youth in Memphis and the surrounding area. Participation is open to students ages 14-21. No prior theatrical experience is necessary. We are a supportive community working toward a common goal of creating awareness within our city. We use theatrical exercise to devise original plays each year. But this year we have been 'on the road'.