CRIMINAL QUEERNESS INITIATIVE
GLOBAL STORIES FOR GLOBAL IMPACT
ABOUT CRIMINAL QUEERNESS
Criminal Queerness is an initiative of National Queer Theater that supports the development and production of new plays by international and immigrant theater-makers and playwrights experiencing censorship or criminalization in their countries of origin. Co-founded in 2018 with Egyptian playwright and playwright Adam Ashraf Elsayigh, the initiative is comprised of the annual Criminal Queer Festival (CQF), which stages international plays that dramatize queerness internationally, and the upcoming Criminal Queerness Lab (CQL), an annual virtual residency that will support emerging international queer artists and storytellers to develop new plays in a rigorous laboratory environment.
To provide a platform and resources to emerging international and immigrant playwrights who are endangered or censored due to their queerness or artistic expression.
"Can't miss...The National Queer Theater is giving a censorship-free voice to four international playwrights whose stories of love, oppression, and injustice shed light on the paucity of civil rights progress made in other parts of the world."
- New York Times
WHERE ARE CQF ARTISTS FROM?
ALL OVER THE WORLD.
"Brilliant...The work itself will charm the socks off you. Another resounding success by National Queer Theater."
- Hi! Drama
"One of six ways to resist at WorldPride"
- The Advocate
A world where queer artists globally are free from censorship and have a platform to share their stories.