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GLBTQ Teen Pride Arts

‘Déjà vu for Two’ and Overture Center for the Arts presents ‘GLBTQ Teen Pride Arts’, an evening for GLBTQ and allied youth to promote self-expression and personal growth through the arts. ‘GLBTQ Teen Pride Arts’ is a free event and open to youth ages 13 and up. It takes place on January 20, 2013 from 6PM to 8PM at Overture Center for the Arts – Rotunda Stage. A short reception will be held from 5:30PM to 6:00PM with refreshments served, and participating teens will receive a gift bag of art supplies, and coupons from Culvers and The Madison Children’s Museum (first come, first served).

 

This event is possible thanks to a generous donation from the Culver Foundation, and is supported by Overture Center for the Arts. For more information, please contact Nicole Bresnick at 608-446-2419, nicole@nicolebresnick.com, @nbresnickartist, or visit the GLBTQ Teen Pride Arts event on Facebook. You can also download the flier here.

Sol Kelley-Jones – Board Member

Sol Kelley-Jones is a second generation queer, multi-issued activist and artist who passionately believes in the interconnection between struggles for justice and the radical potential for creative coalitional organizing.

As the daughter of lesbian parents, Sol grew up on the frontlines of the LGBTQ movement in Madison, Wisconsin. She actively countered the harmful effects of heterosexism from her youngest years, developing anti-homophobic and anti-racist school curriculum, leading LGBTQ cultural competency and diversity trainings for teachers and youth, and both serving on the National Board of COLAGE and starting a thriving local chapter. Increasingly targeted for her activism and pride in her own queer identity during her middle school years, Sol refused to be silenced, and instead, turned her energies toward creating forums for other marginalized youth. In 1999, Sol co-founded Proud Theater with Callen Harty to create positive platform for LGBTQA youth voices.

A graduate of Hampshire College, Sol continued her passion for fusing art, activism, and youth leadership development through her self designed major entitled Performing Resistance: Re-imagining Justice Making. Returning to Madison in the spring of 2009, Sol wrote and directed an original play “the birds that are your hands: how to start a fire under siege”, exploring the human stories within seemingly intractable conflict in Israel/Palestine and along the U.S./Mexico border that debuted at Broom Street Theater.

Sol brings to Proud Theater years of experience creating and implementing innovative arts-based youth development, intervention, and empowerment programming serving young people in high conflict-zones and communities experiencing significant societal trauma from refugee camps in the Middle East to the militarized U.S. Mexico borderlands to a diversity of Madison communities.

Sol resides in Madison where she continues to work for racial, economic, eco and global justice, immigrant rights, and queer liberation. A tireless advocate for young people, Sol currently works full time as a counselor at Youth Services of Southern Wisconsin carving out alternative  pathways with youth who have been involved in the Juvenile Justice system.

Susan M. Slotten, Treasurer

Susan Slotten has over 28 years’ experience as a Business and Technology Manager.  She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and an Associate Degree in Finance.

Sue has a passion for supporting youth activities and mentoring whenever possible.  Her philosophy for life is that we are all teachers and have knowledge and experiences that youth can benefit from, and we can learn from our youth as well.  Sue likes to travel and explore other cultures and share those experiences with the youth.

When Sue is not working she volunteers as a coordinator for the Junior Achievement program in elementary schools, to help prepare young people for the real world, which makes their communities more robust and provides youth with a sense of becoming involved and making a difference.

She lives near Madison, Wisconsin, with her husband and their beagle “Buddy”.

Heather Renken – Board Member

Heather Renken has been active in theater since she was 12 years old. She received a Talent Grant to Illinois State University in 1988 and was awarded The Most Significant Contribution to the Theatre Department from Butler University in 1994 where she graduated Cum Laude with a B.A. with honors in Theatre. She was nominated for two Portfolio Awards in 1997 for Best Actress in a Musical and Costume Design.

 

Heather went on to perform onstage in many productions and work backstage as a Stage Manager, Costumer, Props designer and Mistress, Light board tech for lights and sound and eventually became a Playwright and Director. Heather has written 3 original plays to date, all have been performed at Broom Street Theater.  Heather has served on Board of Directors in Chicago, Illinois; Denver, Colorado; and Norfolk, Virginia. She currently serves on the board of directors of The Kathie Rasmussen Women’s Theatre, Broom Street Theater and Art and Sol here in Madison, Wisconsin. In 2010 she was appointed Artistic Director of Broom Street Theater in Madison, Wisconsin.

 

She has taught theater in camps in Chicago, a weekly drama class the YMCA in Sun Prairie Wisconsin and most recently been asked to be a teaching artist for The Children’s Theater of Madison. Her other educational experience includes being a literacy tutor for Schools of Hope and a Sunday school teacher for Bethany United Methodist Church in Madison Wisconsin.

 

Heather began working with Proud Theater as a mentor and Stage Manager in the fall of 2005.