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.

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Proud Theater Madison Presents ‘Proud Theater: Sky Full of Stars’

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Art & Soul Innovations, in collaboration with Edgewood College, presents ‘Proud Theater: Sky Full of Stars’ – 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: Sky Full of Stars’ opens May 26, 2016, at the Diane Ballweg Theatre in the Stream Building at Edgewood College, 1000 Edgewood College Drive in Madison, Wisconsin, and runs through May 28 with shows at 7:30 p.m. There will also be a special matinee showing on May 28 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $13 and can purchased in advance at squareup.com/store/proud-theater, via the Proud Theater Hotline at 608-222-9086 (leave your name and contact info for someone to return your call for ticket purchases), or at the door before each show.

 

s with acclaimed shows ‘Crystal Queer’ (2014), ‘Anthology’, (2014), and ‘Fired Up!’ (2015), ‘Proud Theater: Sky Full of Stars’ 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, racism, intersectionality, 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 Joan L. and Robert C. Gilkison Family Foundation, and Madison Gas and Electric, as well as additional support from many community organizations around the state.

For more info on Proud Theater or ‘Proud Theater: Sky Full of Stars!’ 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 to the right of this page. If you wish to donate specifically to Proud Theater-Madison, please note this on your donation.

 

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Connections: Building LGBTQ+ Relationships

Proud Theater, in collaboration with Art and Soul Innovations, 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. Members of the LGBTQ+ and Allied communities of all ages are encouraged to attend.
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‘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.

Registration for ‘Connections’ will begin on Monday, January 25, 2016, and can be downloaded here.. Space is limited, and the event is asking for a suggested donation between $5 and $20 dollars. Ramp parking is available, however parking at the church is reserved for those special with mobility needs. Event organizers are also looking for additional volunteers to assist the day of the conference. If interested in volunteering or becoming a sponsor, inquiries can be sent to the reservation email address.

For more information on ‘Connections: Building LGBTQ+ Relationships’, contact Proud Theater Executive Director Brian Wild at info@proudtheater.org, or at 608-222-9086. Tax-deductible donations to support the event can be sent to: Proud Theater, PO Box 6306, Monona WI, 53716, or made via PayPal on the right of this page. All donations for the event should be specified when submitted.

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Proud Theater Madison’s Fired Up!

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Art & Soul Innovations, in collaboration with Edgewood College, presents ‘Proud Theater: Fired Up!’ – a fun and exciting evening of theater, music, spoken word, poetry and dance written by and starring the talented youth of Madison’s premier Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, Bisexual, Queer/Questioning and Allied youth theater troupe, Proud Theater. As with critically acclaimed shows ‘Fearless Hearts’ (2013), ‘Crystal Queer’ (2014) and their recent 15th anniversary show, ‘Anthology’, (2014) ‘Proud Theater: Fired Up!’ tackles many of the issues affecting 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 gender identity, racism, bullying, Transphobia and the world at large. ‘Proud Theater: Fired Up!’ opens May 28, 2015 at the Diane Ballweg Theater in the Stream Building at Edgewood College, 1000 Edgewood College Drive in Madison, Wisconsin, and runs through May 30 with shows at 7:30 PM. There will also be a special matinee showing on May 30 at 2:30 PM. Tickets are $12 and can be reserved via email at reservations@proudtheater.org or by calling the Proud Theater Hotline at 608-222-9086. Tickets can be paid for only on the day of the show and must be picked up no later than 15 minutes before curtain, or the tickets will be made available for sale. The box office opens one hour before show time.

 

Looking forward to seeing you there!