Watch • Act • Propose laws • Vote!
Mandala Center for Change presents:
LGBTQ+ Youth Legislative Theatre Project
Participatory theatre created and performed by local Port Townsend / Jefferson County youth to affect policy change. The project begins with a week-long grassroots workshop in August 2017 with youth (ages 14-20) who identify as Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual, Transgender, Queer, Gender non-conforming, or otherwise outside of the dominant culture around gender and/or sexual orientation. The Project culminates with two interactive Legislative Theatre performances in September 2017.
** LIVE VIDEO STREAM & Online Participation! **
Those not able to join us in person at a performance, will be able to watch live and also engage with the event using an online interface, submitting votes and comments. More details including access information TBA.
Join legislators and community members to…
• WATCH a short play based on local youth’s real-life struggles and experiences.
• ACT onstage to offer alternative solutions.
• PROPOSE policy ideas heard by local legislators and others witnessing the process.
• VOTE on the laws you want to see passed.
Above: Audience members vote on proposals during Oct 2015 Legislative Theatre event in Port Townsend, WA.
Legislative Theatre is a unique and engaging way for regular citizens to problem solve and ultimately propose policies in the presence of local legislators who have the power to create the change. This methodology has been used to impact and change laws around the world. Open to all, this participatory event is especially for local teens and young adults who identify as LGBTQ+. Citizen voices are needed in this practice of true democracy.
Each event will have a basic structure:
- It begins with a short play created by local Jefferson County youth’s real-life experiences.
- Next audience members will be invited onstage to explore solutions to the problems presented – on the individual, institutional, and government levels.
- A community dialogue will ensue leading to the “Legislative Theatre” – a mock legislative session during which audience members will propose policy ideas and vote on those they want to see passed.
- Local legislators, who have been invited to attend and witness the process, will hear all of the information. Organizers will then follow up with legislators to explore what policies can be enacted.
History of Legislative Theatre:
Nobel Peace Prize nominee and Brazilian theatre visionary, Augusto Boal, developed Legislative Theatre when he was elected Vereador (City Councilor) in Rio de Janeiro in the 1990’s. Through this process, Boal and his team successfully put into effect 13 laws inspired directly by the opinions of marginalized, often voiceless populations including homeless youth, black students, blind people, and other groups. Legislative Theatre is part of Boal’s world renowned Theatre of the Oppressed.
Mandala Center for Change has organized two successful Legislative Theatre events:
May 2016 with at-risk youth on the failure of the education system in Port Angeles, Clallam County, WA.
Watch a video of one of the performances.
October 2015 on healthcare access/affordability in Jefferson County, WA. Two new local policies are underway as a direct result from those performances. Most notably, now in development is a low cost dental clinic in Jefferson County, covered under Apple Health.
Listen to a great radio documentary on that event.
Mon, Sept. 25 & Tues, Sept. 26, 2017; 6:30 PM
Video Livestream: TBA
Port Townsend, WA, USA
FREE (Donations welcome)
For more info, contact:
360-344-3435 or email@example.com