Through partnership-based education programs, National Queer Theater teaches acting and storytelling skills to underserved groups in the LGBTQ community to instill pride and promote creative leadership.
Theater for Elders
National Queer Theater partnered with SAGE in 2018 at the Edie Windsor SAGE Center in Midtown, NYC. Over the past year, NQT has been sending professional artists to teach acting and improv class. Working with SAGE, we have been able to bring joy and community building to the LGBTQ elders at SAGE who are often faced with overcoming issues of loneliness and isolation. SAGE is the country's largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender older adults. Their mission is to lead in addressing issues related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender aging.
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Photo courtesy of New Alternatives
Theater for Youth
National Queer Theater has partnered with New Alternatives to bring improv classes led by NQT teaching artists to LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness. Approximately 40% of LGBTQ youth experience homelessness due to rejection by families. New Alternatives increases the self-sufficiency of LGBTQ homeless youth by enabling them to transition out of the shelter system to stable adult lives. They do this by providing long-term support, weekly case management, education services, life skills training, community-building recreational activities, opportunities for self-expression, and programs for HIV+ youth. Their guiding principles are those of harm reduction, youth development, and empowerment.
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PJ Johnnie Jr., Adam Odesess-Rubin, Marcus Guy, Marcos Ospina, Donja R. Love, and James Arthur