Madison, Wisconsin - Wednesday, April 22, 2015 -- 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.continue at Isthmus
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, 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 '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.
The identity of Edgewood College flows from the Mission of Sinsinawa Dominicans, a Catholic Congregation of Women Religious. The Catholic tradition is a rich complexity embracing faith and reason, Scripture and tradition, nature and grace, conscience and law, authority and freedom, unity and diversity. Because of this inclusive embrace of the whole reality and of the human experience, Edgewood College welcomes an interfaith and diverse community of faculty, staff and students.