Proud Theater: Fearless Hearts
Art & Soul Innovations presents ‘Proud Theater: Fearless Hearts’ – a fun and exciting evening of theater, music, spoken word, poetry and dance written by and starring the talented youth of Madison’s premier LGBTQ youth theater troupe, 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’. The organization is a program of Art and Soul Innovations (artandsoulinnovations.org), and enjoys generous support from the Mukti Fund (muktifund.com) as well as from the PFund Foundation (pfundonline.org).
Founded in 1999, the group is open to youth ages 13 to 19 that identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning or who are allied with the queer community (LGBTQA). Empowering and creative, Proud Theater encourages youth to share their own stories through the creation of original theatrical works which they then present to the community at large throughout the school year.
As with critically acclaimed shows ‘Proud Theater: 3D in stunning Queer-O-Rama’ (2010), ‘Rockin’ the Rotunda’ (2011), and ‘Beyond’ (2012), ‘Proud Theater: Fearless Hearts’ 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 look at politics, bullying, gender, profiling and family issues.
‘Proud Theater: Fearless Hearts’ runs May 30 and 31, and June 1, 2013 – 7:30 PM and a special matinee on June 1, 2:30 PM in the Black Box Theatre in the Stream Building at Edgewood College, 1000 Edgewood College Drive in Madison, Wisconsin. Tickets can be reserved via email at firstname.lastname@example.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.
All three current Proud Theater chapters in the state will be performing together for the first time at the Milwaukee Pride Festival being held in June on the Summerfest grounds in Milwaukee. Each performance will be 45 minutes long and will showcase original skits, poetry, and music developed by the youth involved with each chapter. Proud Theater Madison and Proud Theater Wausau will be joined by the brand-new and never before publicly appearing Proud Theater Milwaukee! The groups will be doing three joint performances on Saturday, June 8, 2013 on the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center’ Community Room Stage at 1PM, 2PM and 4PM. Please come and see us perform, and don’t forget to buy tickets to Fearless Hearts!
For more info on Proud Theater or ‘Proud Theater: Fearless Hearts’, contact Executive Director Brian Wild at email@example.com, or call Proud Theater at 608-222-9086. Tax-deductible donations to the organization can be sent to: Proud Theater, 702 Nichols Rd, Monona WI, 53716, or via PayPal at www.proudtheater.org.