Proud Theater: Rockin' the Rotunda

By Proud Theater

Directed by Brian Wild - Artistic Director

Proud Theater shakes the establishment and has a lot of fun along the way!

Art & Soul Innovations (ASI), in conjunction with StageQ, Outreach, Inc., James Reeb Unitarian Universalist Church and The Mukti Fund presents ‘Proud Theater: Rockin’ the Rotunda!’, a fun and exciting evening of theater, music, poetry and dance written by and starring the talented youth of Proud Theater, Madison’s very own LGBTQ youth theater troupe.

Proud Theater is an award-winning, exciting and innovative youth theater program designed to foster self-expression and self-empowerment for Madison-area youth ages 13 to 19 who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer/questioning (LGBTQ), or who are the sons or daughters of LGBTQ parents, or who are allies of the LGBTQ community at large. The youth rehearse during the year at James Reeb Unitarian Universalist Church in Madison.

Founded in 1999 by Sol Kelley-Jones and Callen Harty, Proud Theater’s mission is to change the world in a positive way through the power of theater and theater arts. Using heart, art and activism, the teens of Proud Theater collaboratively create original theatrical pieces, poetry, music and dance utilizing improv, group discussion and guidance from Proud Theater Artistic Director Brian Wild and prominent adult members of the Madison community.

Proud Theater is currently a program of Outreach, Inc – Madison’s LGBTQ resource center, and is associated with Art & Soul Innovations, dedicated to the advancement of queer youth nationwide. “Proud Theater: Rockin’ the Rotunda!’ is also sponsored in part by a generous grant from the Mukti Fund. This event is co-produced by StageQ, Madison’s other LGBTQ theater company.

As in the past with critically acclaimed recent shows ‘Proud Theater: Loud and Clear’ (2008), ‘Proud Theater: Full Circle’ (2009), and last year’s ‘Proud Theater: 3D in stunning Queer-O-Rama’ (2010), ‘Proud Theater: Rockin’ the Rotunda’ tackles many of today’s issues that affect youth and does so with humor, heart and honesty as only the young adults of Proud Theater can do. 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, holidays, profiling and family/

‘Proud Theater: Rockin’ the Rotunda’ runs May 19, 20 and 21, 2011 - 7:30 PM and a special matinee on May 21, 2:30 PM in the Drury at the Bartell Theatre, 113 E. Mifflin Street in Madison, Wisconsin. Tickets are 10 dollars each, and can be reserved by calling 608-661-9696, ext 3. All reserved/will call tickets must be picked up no later than 15 minutes before each performance, or the tickets will be made available for sale.

Doors for ‘Proud Theater: Rockin the Rotunda’ will open at 7:00 PM for the evening performances and 2:00 PM for the Matinee performance. For more info on the show, contact Proud Theater at, or visit .

Tax-deductible donations to Proud Theater can be written out to Proud Theater and sent to Outreach at 600 Williamson Street, Madison, WI 53703-3588. Come shake the foundations with ‘Proud Theater: Rockin’ the Rotunda’ and prepare yourselves for a wonderful evening of theatrical excitement - loud and clear, proud and queer - as only the talented youth of Proud Theater can offer!

Produced by Proud Theater at Bartell Theatre, 113 E. Mifflin Street, Madison

Performances: May 19-21, 2011

Performance Times: DATES: May 19 and 20, 2011 – 7:30 PM
May 21, 2011 – 2:30PM and 7:30 PM
WHERE: In the Drury at the Bartell Theatre
113 E. Mifflin Street – Madison, Wisconsin

Ticket Prices: $10

Call 608-661-9696, ext 3 for reservations or more information.

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