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.

Proud Theater Named Fair Wisconsin Organization of the Year

Proud Theater has been recognized by Fair Wisconsin as its Organization of the Year. Fair Wisconsin works to build a fair, safe, and inclusive Wisconsin for all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people by advancing, achieving, and protecting LGBT civil rights through lobbying, legislative advocacy, grassroots organizing, coalition building and electoral involvement.

Fair Wisconsin is recognizing its award winners at its annual Milwaukee Gala Dinner and Leadership Awards Celebration on Saturday, February 25th at Milwaukee Marriott Downtown.

Proud Theater is looking for people to sponsor donations in order to bring more Proud Theater youth to this event from all over the state. Each seat at the banquet is $125 and an entire table is $1,000. If you are able to help, please contact executive director Brian Wild at brian@proudtheater.org.  let’s fill the event with the voices of our youth!

Save the Date: Connections, Proud Theater-Sun Prairie, and Proud Theater-Madison

Connections

Our 2nd LGBTQ+ intergenerational conference, Connections, will be held March 11, 2017! Last year’s event was a resounding success, and this year our theme is ‘Milestones’, where together we’ll be sharing our own personal moments in history with each other in a really, really fun and engaging way! All members of the LGBTQ+ Community are invited to attend! This is an amazing opportunity for generations within the LGBTQ+ community to bridge those gaps that exist between generations, and make new friends from all walks of life. Save the date, and please join us. More details to come after the first of the year!

Proud Theater-Sun Prairie

Proud Theater Sun Prairie will have its second show April 28 and 29, 2017. More details to come, but mark your calendars!

Proud Theater-Madison

Proud Theater Madison’s next show will be May 25-27, 2017. Each day will have a show at 7:30pm, and there will be a matinee show on May 27, 2pm. All shows will be at the Bartell Theatre in downtown Madison. Tickets will go on sale May 1. Tickets go pretty fast when they go on sale, so mark your calendars and watch this space for more info on where you can get tickets!