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!

Proud Theater-Milwaukee Presents ‘Gay-ly Forward’

Art & Soul Innovations, in collaboration with the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, presents ‘Proud Theater Milwaukee: Gay-ly Forward’ – a fun and exciting evening of theater and spoken word written by and starring the talented youth of Milwaukee’s premier Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, Bisexual, Queer/Questioning and Allied youth theater troupe, Proud Theater.

‘Gay-ly Forward’ opens on Saturday, August 6, 2016, at 7 p.m. in the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center – 1110 North Market Street, 2nd floor- located in downtown Milwaukee. There will also be a special matinee showing on August 7 at 2 p.m. Doors open 45 minutes before each show, and a suggested donation of $5 can be paid at the door. Seating is limited, so reservations can be made via email at reservations@proudtheater.org or by calling the Proud Theater Hotline at 608-222-9086.  Reservations will be held until 15 minutes before each show and will be opened to anyone on the waiting list after that time.

Proud Theater is an award-winning, exciting and innovative youth theater program 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 LGBTQ and allied youth through the tenets of art, heart, and activism’. Founded in 1999 in Madison, Wisconsin, the Milwaukee troupe is one of 4 chapters in the state and is open to youth ages 13 to 19 who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning or who are allied with the queer community (LGBTQA). Empowering and creative, Proud Theater encourages young people to share their own stories through original theatrical works which they then present to the community at large throughout the school year.

The Proud Theater Milwaukee chapter started in April of 2013. Their first-ever full length show, ‘Proud Theater Milwaukee: Gay-ly Forward’ tackles many of the issues affecting Milwaukee youth 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 coming out, racism, religion, 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 (muktifund.com), the Pride Youth theater Alliance, UW Credit Union, and through the support of many community organizations from around the state including the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center.

For more info on Proud Theater Milwaukee or ‘Gay-ly Forward’, please contact Art and Soul Executive Director Brian Wild or Milwaukee Artistic Director Callen Harty at info@proudtheater.org, or at 608-222-9086. Tax-deductible donations to the organization can be sent to: Proud Theater, P.O. Box 6306, Monona WI, 53716, or via PayPal at www.proudtheater.org. Unless otherwise specified, all donations from Milwaukee will be earmarked solely for the development and growth of the Milwaukee chapter.