Proud Theater-Madison Presents ‘Fearlessly Queer’

Madison, WisconsinThursday, May 4, 2017 — Art & Soul Innovations, in collaboration with Stage Q, presents ‘Proud Theater: Fearlessly Queer’ – an exciting evening of theater, music, spoken word, poetry and dance written by and starring the talented youth of Proud Theater Madison, the city’s premier Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, Bisexual, Queer/Questioning and Allied youth theater troupe.

‘Proud Theater: Fearlessly Queer’ opens May 25, 2017, at the Bartell Theatre, 113 East Mifflin Street, in Madison, Wisconsin, and runs through May 27 with shows at 7:30 p.m. There will also be a special matinee showing on May 27 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for Adults and $10 for students with ID and can purchased in advance by calling the Bartell Theatre Box Office at (608) 661-9696, or by visiting the Bartell Theatre Ticket Page at bartelltheatre.org. Tickets can also be purchased at the door before each show.

As with acclaimed shows ‘Anthology’, (2014), ‘Fired Up!’ (2015), and ‘Sky Full of Stars’ (2016), ‘Fearlessly Queer’ tackles many of the issues affecting young people today and does so with humor, heart and honesty. Sometimes outrageous, sometimes profound, the youth share their voices with the community in a no-holds barred and uncensored way.  This year the youth take a look at gender identity, politics, body image, transphobia, and the world at large.

Proud Theater is a program of Art and Soul Innovations (artandsoulinnovations.org), and enjoys generous financial support from the Mukti Fund, The LaForce Family Foundation, By Youth For Youth, and from many other community organizations around the state. Trinity United Methodist Church hosts the organization throughout the rehearsal season.  This will be Proud Theater’s 6th collaboration with Stage Q since 2005.

For more info on Proud Theater or ‘Proud Theater: Fearlessly Queer’ contact the organization at info@proudtheater.org, or call Proud Theater at 608-222-9086. Tax-deductible donations to the organization can be sent to: Proud Theater, PO Box 6306, Monona WI 53716, or via PayPal at www.proudtheater.org. If you wish to donate specifically to Proud Theater-Madison, please note this on your donation.

Proud Theater-Wausau Presents ‘A Rainbow Appears’

On June 2nd and June 3rd, Proud Theater-Wausau will present its 2017 show, ‘A Rainbow Appears’. It will be an evening written and performed by the youth of Proud Theater-Wausau.

Proud Theater-Wausau is a youth LGBTQ+ and allied theater group that writes original material based on the life experiences of the members. The evening is filled with laughter and tears, song and spoken word.

‘A Rainbow Appears’ is presented with help from a grant from The Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin, The Grenheck Foundation and The Wisconsin Arts Board.

Friday and Saturday evenings June 2 & 3 at 7 pm
Wausau Community Theatre Building
136 Summer Street
Schofield

Adults $10 Students $5
tickets sold at the door

Proud Theater-Sun Prairie Presents ‘NuQueer Reaction’

Art & Soul Innovations proudly presents Proud Theater Sun Prairie in ‘NuQueer Reaction’, the latest theatrical production from Sun Prairie’s very own youth-driven Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, Bisexual, Queer/Questioning and Allied theater troupe. ‘NuQueer Reaction’ promises an explosive evening of original theater, spoken word, poetry, and dance written by and starring youth from in and around the Sun Prairie area, and is part of the statewide Proud Theater LGBTQ+ youth theater organization.
 
Proud Theater Sun Prairie uses theater and the theater arts to explore the complex and often difficult lives of the youth it serves. The innovating programming encourages youth to share their own stories through the creation of original theatrical works, which they actively present to the community at large throughout the school year. This year’s production tackles many of the issues affecting young people today and does so with humor, heart and honesty. Sometimes outrageous, sometimes profound, the youth share their voices with the community in a no-holds barred and uncensored way.  This year the youth take a look at gender identity, transphobia, relationships, micro-aggressions, bullying, and the world at large.
 
The show runs April 28 and 29, 2017 – 7 p.m. at the Sun Prairie United Methodist Church, 702 North Street, in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. The run-time of the show is 75 minutes and will be followed by a talk-back and special meet-and-greet with the members of the Sun Prairie Troupe. Doors for ‘NuQueer Reaction’ open at 6:30 p.m., and tickets are available at the door for a suggested donation of $10 for adults and $5 for students with I.D. Reservations for the show can be made by writing to reservations@proudtheater.org. All proceeds from the show go to support Proud Theater Sun Prairie.

Second Annual Connections Conference is March 11th

Proud Theater, in collaboration with the Outreach LGBT Community Center, Trinity United Methodist Church, PFLAG-Madison, and the First United Methodist Church of Madison will hold its second annual LGBTQ+ intergenerational conference. Entitled “Connections: Milestones”, the event will be held on Saturday, March 11, 2017, at the First United Methodist Church, 203 Wisconsin Avenue in Madison, Wisconsin, from 9am to 4:30pm.

Designed to bring together multiple generations of the LGBTQ+ community, Connections was developed in 2016 with the express purpose of building positive bonds among LGBTQ+ community members of all ages.

The conference is a laid back day of fun, storytelling, and interactive activities that explore the intersectionality between LGBTQ+ generations and promotes mutual sharing and understanding between all who attend. This year, the Connections conference will focus on the many milestones that define the LGBTQ+ community – both globally and personally. Lunch and snacks will be served throughout the day.

We had a tremendous amount of fun at last year’s conference, getting to know so many people in our community.

Wild developed the idea of an LGBTQ+ intergenerational conference 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”, Wild stated. “Likewise, I started thinking about how much I, personally, have learned from the youth over the years and felt that other older members of the LGBTQ+ community could not only get a chance to share their stories, but would also gain valuable insight and inspiration from the incredible work our youth are doing as they propel LGBTQ+ equality forward. We all need role models, no matter how young or old we are.”

To register, email reservations@proudtheater.org. Space is limited, and a donation between $5 and $20 dollars is suggested to attend. Parking is available at the Dayton/Pinckney Ramp across from the church; however, parking at the church is reserved for those with special mobility needs.

If you would like to become a financial sponsor of the event, tax-deductible donations can be sent to Proud Theater-Connections at PO Box 6306, Monona WI 53716, or made via PayPal through the link on the Proud Theater website. Various levels of sponsorship are available, and all donations should be specified for the Connections event when submitted.