Proud Theater Wisconsin to Establish New Chapter in Green Bay with Support From the LaForce Family Foundation

Wisconsin’s own Proud Theater is coming to Green Bay. Proud Theater is an award-winning program of Art & Soul Innovations that encourages LGBTQI+ and allied young people between the ages of 13 and 18 years old to share their personal stories through original theatrical works that they present to the community throughout the school year.
To establish the Green Bay chapter, which has received support from the LaForce Family Foundation, Proud Theater officials will be on-hand for an informational session for interested youth and adults on September 23, 2017. The session will be held in the University Union (Phoenix Room C, the first room on the right when entering the Union; 2420 Nicolet Drive) at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
Proud Theater – Green Bay will ultimately provide mentoring and opportunities for creative expression for area LGBTQI+ and allied youth, ages 13-19.
Establishing this chapter requires the active participation of adults with a wide range of skill sets. We especially encourage those with a background in theater and the performing arts, publicity, fundraising, and community outreach to attend, as well as those interested in being mentors for LGBTQI+ youth in the region, or who are willing to assist with the overall development of the chapter. If that’s you, please attend!
Established by the children of Joe and Eleanor “Mac” LaForce, founders of LaForce, Inc., the LaForce Family Foundation continues Joe and Mac’s spirit of generous philanthropy in the Green Bay community and beyond for efforts related to education, entrepreneurship and community-building.
If you want to help and are unable to attend, or if you have any questions, contact Executive Director Brian Wild at (608) 222-9086 or info@proudtheater.org.We look forward to seeing you for our informational session!

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-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-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.