Proud Theater is Art and Soul Innovations’ first and largest project; the organization was founded to support Proud Theater. 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’. Proud Theater 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 (LGBTQ+). Proud Theater is also open to youth with LGBTQ+ parents. 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.
Proud Theater Beyond
Art and Soul Innovations expanded its programming with Proud Theater Beyond – a post high-school 18-24 year old version of Proud Theater dedicated to the stories told by young adults in the LGBTQ+ and allied communities. The pilot program launched in 2014 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Art and Soul Innovations will be launching its publishing arm, celebrating the works of not only Proud Theater in celebration of its 15th anniversary, but to also create a means whereby youth may express themselves with the written word. This project is still in development.
Art and Soul Innovations will also be developing a musical component to their projects, producing and recording the works of LGBTQ+ youth from across the state of Wisconsin. This project is still in development.
These are just a few of the projects Art and Soul Innovations, Inc. will take on in the next several years – all with the purpose of not only letting the voices of our LGBTQ+ youth be heard in the world, but by helping create caring, compassionate and dynamic leaders in our communities for tomorrow!