Through highly participatory, interactive theatre performances, Poetic Justice Theatre Ensemble stimulates dialogue, strengthens community connections, and invites positive action on burning social issues.
Who We Are
Now in our 15th season, the Poetic Justice Theatre Ensemble (PJTE) is a collectively run, multi-ethnic, multi-generational (currently ages 18-76) team of citizen actors who share a common interest in personal growth, political awareness, and social action. Very few members of PJTE are professional actors. We are artist/activists from the community. We are students. We are parents. We are educators and workers. We are concerned citizens willing to volunteer our time and commit to being in service using Theatre of the Oppressed and Playback Theatre as our primary tools for social change.
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How We Work
Every performance is unique, whether working with a closed group serving a specific community or open to the general public. We do a combination of welcoming personal stories from the audience, presenting short pre-scripted plays on burning social issues, and problem solving with the action-oriented Forum Theatre.
We are one of the few groups in the world that combines the strengths and beauty of Theatre of the Oppressed and Playback Theatre. Learn more about our methods, listen to a podcast, or take a moment to read an article about our unique approach to social change.
Who We Serve
The ensemble is prepared to work with virtually any issue or population. We offer our services to groups in need, particularly those struggling with issues of marginalization.
Based in Port Townsend, Washington, we have partnered with various groups throughout Jefferson County and on the Olympic Peninsula. Past groups we have worked with include: the Boiler Room – youth driven coffee house, Dove House – domestic violence advocacy, Port Townsend High School, Jefferson County Health Department, Grey Wolf Ranch – residential treatment center for young men in recovery from drugs and alcohol, Peninsula Pride Alliance, Occupy Port Townsend, Port Townsend Peace Movement, Peninsula Mental Health, and Local 2020 – environmental action group, among many others.
Read below for a partial list of Poetic Justice Theatre Ensemble’s interactive performances and projects which demonstrate the range of communities served and issues addressed.
Examples of Poetic Justice Performances & Projects 2016-2001
- 2015-16: “Gambling with Our Lives” (Legislative Theatre on healthcare access), “Ellis” (immigration), “Our Indigenous Legacy” (Native issues), “The Great White Hope” (White privilege)
- 2014-15: “Activism? Why Bother!” (taking action in one’s community), “Parenting: The Great Balancing Act” (parenting), “Under the Influence” (substance use), “Hidden Hurt” (emotional abuse), “Human Rights: Being Real in a Diverse World”, “Gambling with our Lives” (healthcare access), “Tip of the Iceberg” (White privilege)
- 2013-14: “Drinkin’ & Druggin'” (substance abuse); “Eye Witness: Allies to Domestic Violence” (male bystander intervention to Domestic Violence); “One Thousand Times, No!” (unwanted sexual attention)
- 2012-13: “Behind Closed Doors” (domestic violence); “Mama Stories” (family relations)
- 2011-12: “Access” (racism & White privilege); “Occupy Port Townsend” (non-violent action)
- 2010-11: “It Doesn’t Happen Here” (racism & multi-racial families); “Makin’ it in Hard Times” (poverty); “Where’s My Life…Boat?” (systematic programming of youth)
- 2009-10: “Swastikas and Slurs: Hate Symbols — Freedom of Expression?” (hate speech)
- 2008-09: “Walking the Line” (poverty); “Dousing the Flame” (silencing of youth); “Loss” (aging)
- 2007-08: “Mending the Gap” (adultism & youth); “Save the Earth – Save Ourselves” (global warming); “Out and Proud on the Peninsula” (LGBTQ visibility)
- 2006-07: “Flying or Dying” (substance abuse); “Cracks in the Rainbow” (divisions within the GLBTQ community); “Stereotype Straitjackets” (sexual orientation & gender identity); “Crafting Community” (healthy community)
- 2005-06: “The Wisdom Keepers” (aging); “Just a Breath Away” (disability)
- 2004-05: “In Our Backyard” (depleted uranium use by the military); “Save the Earth – Save Ourselves” (environmental action); “Boiler Room Blues” (crisis in local youth center)
- 2003-04: “Paradise or Prison: Being Young in Port Townsend” (criminalization of youth)
- 2002-03: “Love and Loss” (youth deaths from drugs & alcohol); “Living on the Edge” (homelessness)
- 2001-02: “Support our Troops – Support Peace: A Paradox or Can We Do Both?” (Iraq war); “Peace Work – What Now?” (peace activism)