2017 PYTA Conference at Neutral Zone in Ann Arbor, MI
Pride Players & Project Pride
Unite at the Rose Theatre
OMAHA, NE - The Rose Theatre's very own Pride Players hosted a super successful event this month during their opening weekend: an overnight lock-in with Project Pride! Now in its 17th year, Pride Players is continuing to expand outside of Omaha by developing its relationship with Project Pride from Kansas City. The relationship between the two groups is growing, and emphasizes communication that is led by the teenagers in the group rather than the adult directors.
Both groups began their collaboration in the Fall of 2015 by agreeing on two shared prompts for scene creation: first, the disproportionately high amount of violence against trans women of color, and second, the idea that in spite of the legalization of gay marriage, the fight for equality is not over!
On Saturday, February 6th, the Kansas City teens attended the Omaha show and then spent the evening at the Rose. The Leadership Council of Pride Players (senior, returning members) led several activities for everyone in order to get to know each other and learn new drama games – and even try a bit of slam poetry! Lights out by 1am – and breakfast for all in the morning. In March, the Omaha teens will take a day trip to Kansas City to see the other group’s production – and surely show the same warmth and support that was given so freely from Project Pride!
Proud Theater Celebrates Intergenerational
LGBTQ+ Community in Madison, WI
MADISON, WI – Proud Theater, in collaboration with Outreach LGBT Community Center, Trinity United Methodist Church, PFLAG-Madison, and the First United Methodist Church of Madison will be holding its first annual LGBTQ+ intergenerational conference on Saturday, March 12, 2016, at First United Methodist Church, 203 Wisconsin Avenue, in Madison, Wisconsin, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Connections: Building LGBTQ+ Relationships, is a conference designed to bring together multiple generations of the LGBTQ+ and allied communities with the express purpose of building positive bonds between community members of all ages through interactive activities and creative sharing. A laid back day of fun and interactive activities, Connections is designed to bring people together on many different topics and will explore the intersectionality between LGBTQ+ generations, actively promoting mutual understanding and sharing between all who attend. Lunch and snacks will be served throughout the day to those that have pre-registered.
Brian Wild, Executive Director of Proud Theater, developed the idea of an intergenerational conference for the LGBTQ+ community through his work with the youth of Proud Theater.
"I realized that, aside from the mentors of Proud Theater, many of our youth had no real connection to the generations that preceded them. Likewise, I really started thinking about how much I have learned from the youth over the years, and felt that older members of the LGBTQ+ community could not only share their stories and History with our young people, but would also gain valuable insight and inspiration from the incredible lives and work our youth are currently doing to propel LGBTQ+ equality forward. We all need role models, no matter how young or old we are."
New Conservatory Theatre Center Announces
Identity Matters Residency Programs
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Identity Matters is a devised theatre-based residency program exploring identity among young adults ages 14-20.
Workshops are tailored to the individualized needs of students to give voice to aspirations and challenges unique to their identity. Through theatre techniques and peer collaboration, participants create scenes, monologues, songs, comedic sketches and movement pieces based on their life experiences, interests and views of the world. A comprehensive spectrum of topics relating to the manifestation of identity and sense of self including gender diversity and expression, romantic freedom, ethnicity, family, sexual diversity, stereotypes, religion, social status, geography, politics, among others form the basis for the students’ performance showcase at the conclusion of each residency. No prior drama experience is required, just a willingness to learn, share and grow.
Identity Matters 2016 in-school, after-school, weekend and summer residencies are available to locations throughout the Bay Area. Please contact Ed Decker, Artistic Director at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information about the Identity Matters residency program.
IT'S GET-OUT-THE-VOTE TIME FOR PROUD THEATER
MADISON, WI - Proud Theater was chosen as one of the finalists for UW Credit Union's “Share the Inspiration” Giveaway - and you got to help decide who comes out on top! “Share the Inspiration” is sponsored by UW Credit Union in Wisconsin every year. Organizations get nominated by members of the community, and are narrowed down to five organizations in the running for a gift of up to $2500 dollars if they get the most votes. Proud Theater was honored to be one of those organizations this year!
Proud Theater is a growing LGBTQ+ youth theater organization in Wisconsin that has five chapters around the state, with more in the works for the future. To put it bluntly - Proud Theater saves lives, giving our young members of the LGBTQ community a chance to express themselves in a way that they normally can't on a daily basis, and changes their lives forever.
Many youth say that without Proud Theatre, they might not still be around - and that is an incredibly powerful reason for to continue this work. The gift Proud Theatre could receive from UW Credit Union would help continue our development of further chapters in the area - and beyond.
MEMBER PROFILE - CAROLINAS PRIDE THEATRE ENSEMBLE
Mission: To educate & empower LGBTQA youth & young adults through the theatre arts; to guide them in using the performing arts as activism.
City: Charlotte, NC
Jermaine Nakia Lee | Founder & Artistic Director / LaTanya Johnson | Assistant Director & Choreographer
Ensemble: 12 players consist of African-American, Latino, White American, transgender, cisgender and physically-challenged members.
"CPTE helps me see my life bigger...its like so many opportunities exist that could transform my life." - Keon
"I've participated in a lot of theater groups. This one is different. Feel at home here. I feel so free to express myself. This is really the only environment where I get to present the real Asha." - Asha
CPTE members have workshops/rehearsals every 2nd & 4th Sunday, 3pm, at Abundant Life Studios located on the North Davidson Arts District of Charlotte, NC.
Q&A IS ACCEPTING SCRIPTS FOR QUEERN ON!
MEMPHIS, TN - Q&A at Playhouse on the Square is accepting scripts submissions for a New Works Competition focusing on Queer Youth Theatre. In its first year, Queer On! will accept ten-minute plays/pieces for review. A panel of Queer Youth Theatre facilitators and participants will review all submitted scripts and select nine scripts as finalists to receive staged readings during the summer of 2016. After the nine readings have been presented,Q&A at Playhouse on the Square will select three that will receive a fully-staged production (with minimal technical elements) performed by Q&A in the spring of 2017. Submissions must be postmarked by April 30, 2016.
Read the full Q&A Press Release!
Visit Q&A Troupe Playhouse On The Square Online for news and event details!
Dreams of Hope Ensemble Members Work on Webs
PITTSBURGH, PA - How do we make stories, and how do stories make us? Queer-identifying young people connect with each other online every day, a post, a story, a selfie, a song. Are they writing their own mythology? Dreams of Hope’s latest play, Webs, weaves threads of storytelling from ancient Greece to Tumblr to discover how we can grow from passive victims to heroic authors of our own mythology.
Check out the Facebook photos of theatriQ ensemble members experimenting with projections, light, and shadow puppets to stage myths and online interactions!
WEBS, A NEW PLAY BY DREAMS OF HOPE theatriQ, LIVE!
PITTSBURGH, PA -- Are you excited about queer identities and live theater?
Are you interested to know what Greek myths have to do with Tumblr?
Each year, Dreams of Hope launches an original production created and performed by itstheatriQ Youth Ensemble, and developed in residence at KST’s Alloy Studios.
Webs, the ensemble’s 2016 premiere, weaves threads of storytelling from ancient Greece to Tumblr in order to discover how passive victims can grow into heroic authors of their own mythology. Two queer young people connect online, discuss Greek myths and the echoes of their own lives they find there. Yet neither is content to be defined by stories from the past, and together they struggle to make a narrative that includes their whole selves, as they connect with each other through a post, a story, a selfie, a song.
Sign on to Twitter during and after the show to tell the theatriQ ensemble what you think. Tweet any questions or comments about the show to @DreamsofHopeorg and tag them with #webslive. The theatriQ ensemble will be answering questions live after the show with the cast and crew.
MIAMI, FL. - Leaders of Equality through Arts and Performance (LEAP), led by Pioneer Winter//Collective, held their first class this week with teaching artist Octavio Campos. LEAP is a queer youth interdisciplinary theater initiative dedicated to equality, social justice, and the transformative power of the arts.
Excerpts from Performance Lab Content:
"Go to places where the pleasure in movement is awakened and not to places of pain. Maintain the connection to pleasure especially during effort (effort is different than pain)."
"Be aware. Get inspired by other people in the room. Be aware of everyone around you, the space that they need, and the interaction if any."
Feedback from participants:
"This felt like freedom."
"Can we do this everyday?"
"I entered a different world."
LOUD Youth Ensemble
NEW ORLEANS, LA - This month, the LOUD Youth Ensemble held an encore presentation of Pursuit Of Justice, a play devised and written by the ensemble. This powerful show was performed at the North Shore Unitarian Universalist Society.
“Pursuit of Justice focuses on the stories of give young people who all attend the same community Gender and Sexuality Alliance in days leading up to a fateful event. Their experiences are funny, romantic, enraging and real as they discover what it means to stand in solidarity with each other.”
Visit LOUD online for future events and program information!
Looking At A Broad
NEW ORLEANS, LA - Rebecca Mwase, Co-Producer of LOUD, is performing her latest project, Looking At A Broad, next week at The Theatre at St. Claude. Check out the trailer above and visit Rebecca’s website for information on future events and projects.
“A black woman’s body is bound by multiple oppressions, by expectations and constructions of race, gender, and sexuality. Looking At A Broad is a solo performance piece that encounters one woman’s struggles to break free of those bonds and find home within her body.”
Looking At A Broad | November 6 - 22 | The Theatre at St. Claude, NOLA
RICHMOND, VA - November marks the return of TheatreLAB and Richmond Triangle Players’ collaborative LGBTQ youth outreach program, SPECTRUM. In an October TheatreLAB blog post, Chelsea Burke, SPECTRUM Program Director, shared her enthusiasm for the start of a new season and the impact of her experience at the 2015 PYTA Conference in Lexington, KY.
"Aside from the individual sessions and the forging of friendships [which are still so incredible – hi, friends! See you next year in Memphis!], the part of the conference with the most impact was meeting other programs just like ours. Being the only program of our kind in this area can feel like a lonely road. But seeing programs like True Colors at The Theater Offensive, I realized just how far this work can reach. How many lives can be changed. This realization was thrilling and terrifying and challenging and igniting."
SPECTRUM is a youth outreach theatre residency where a group of LGBTQ-identified youth (and their straight allies!) will create an evening of theatre based on their own personal stories. Through a series of masterclasses and workshops, the participants will learn the basics of storytelling and performance, production and playwriting, and marketing as we collectively produce their original piece of theatre.
Visit SPECTRUM online to find updates on TheatreLAB’s programming and read Chelsea’s full blog post.
Take The US Trans Survey
PITTSBURGH, PA - Cavanaugh Quick, the Office Manager at Dreams of Hope, shot a short video urging Trans People of Color to take the US Trans Survey, conducted by the National Center for Trans Equality, which is only available online until September 21. The survey is for people who are transgender, trans, genderqueer, or non-binary, 18 years or older, and currently living in the U.S. Watch the video,Take The Survey (in English or Spanish), or head to the NCTE website to learn more about the survey and how to spread the word about transgender equality.
Nic Kay to Perform
CHICAGO, IL - Artist, educator and organizer, NIC KAY, will be performing at multiple venues and events throughout Chicago this month, with work that reflects on black femininity and queerness. As a 2014 grantee of the Chances Dances Mark Aguhar Memorial Grant, NIC will share excerpts from the forthcoming experimental solo piece lil BLK. Later this month, lil BLK will premiere at Links Hall, as part of the LinkUP Residency at Links Hall. Visit NIC's website for more information about lil BLK and other projects.
Making Chances | September 11 | Gallery 400
CHRYSALIS | September 19 | Rainbo Club and Subterranean Lounge
PLATFORMS: Critical Fierceness Grantee Panel | September 26 | The Franklin
The Year We Thought About Love On DVD
BOSTON, MA - The Year We Thought About Love, a new documentary about a year in the lives of youth participants in True Colors OUT Youth Theater Ensemble, has been selected to join New Day Films, a film-maker-run distribution company that specializes in social issue documentaries. Contact your local community group, high school, public library, PFLAG chapter, LGBT community group, college, or university to buy a copy. All DVD’s purchased from New Day are for screenings where no admission is charged. If you’d rather hold a fundraiser by selling tickets to a screening of The Year We Thought About Love, contact Ellen Brodsky about setting up a screening event
Out & Allied Youth Theatre
WATERVILLE, ME - Out & Allied Youth Theatre and Waterville CREATES! are announcing a new partnership. Waterville CREATES! is providing Out & Allied with access to their stage, backstage, and rehearsal space for two community performances during the school year and summer programs. In exchange, Out & Allied will be managing the spaces and providing technical assistance for lighting and sound systems to other groups who rent the space. In the past, the youth at Out & Allied have used multiples spaces to meet, develop performances, or rehearse. To have a place the group can call home is an incredible meaningful opportunity for the Out & Allied.
BURMINGHAM, UK - Cathy Plourde, Director of AddVerb Productions, is reaching out to all Queer Youth Theater directors, artists, and playwrights to collect original QYT scripts or songs for publication. AddVerb Productions has published a number of QYT scripts in the past with great support and collaboration from PYTA. If you or anyone in your local queer youth arts community is interested in this opportunity, contact Cathy Plourde with any ideas, concerns, or questions at email@example.com