Stand Up, Speak Out Theatre Project

An After School Theatre & Social Justice drop-in program for LGBTQ+ & Allied Youth

When? Stand Up, Speak Out Theatre Project Spring Session updates coming soon!

Where? CCGSD office-440 Albert st., C304 training room

How much does it cost? It’s FREE

What does it include? Programming & snacks

Register now:

Registration Deadline: April 1st, 2016

Some details: The Canadian Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity & Branch Out Theatre have partnered up to run Stand Up, Speak Out Theatre Project, a unique after school program that brings together theatre and social justice! Participants will create and perform original plays that challenge discrimination, develop theatre skills and make new friends! No theatre experience is required.

Who is program for? This program is for youth ages 11-19

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What are the dates, times and location of the Stand Up, Speak Out Theatre Project?

Spring Session: Mondays: March 21st, April 4th, April 11th, April 18th 4pm-6pm, Performance Tuesday, April 19th!

Who is this program for?

LGBTQ+ & Allied youth, ages 11-19, of every ability, race, culture, religion & socio-economic background in the city of Ottawa.

What is the purpose of the Stand Up, Speak Out Theatre Project?

The purpose of the Stand Up, Speak Out Theatre Project is to provide a safe, inclusive, supportive and creative space for LGBTQ+ and allied youth to use theatre as a tool for creative self-expression and social change. During this program participants will:

-learn new theatre skills

-build new friendships and community

-engage in personal reflection and community dialogue

-use different theatre techniques to share and address personal and witnessed experiences of bullying, homophobia and transphobia

The program will include the co-creation and multiple community performances of a forum theatre play, for youth audiences, that addresses participants’ unique and common struggles as LGBTQ+ & allied youth.  The performances will invite audience members to step into the action of the play to rehearse challenging the issues raised and resolving the conflicts presented in the play.

When & where will the community performances be:

Our closing community performance will take place at the Ottawa Public Library for family and friends.  If you have any suggestions for an after school program to share our performance with, please let us know!

What food will be provided during the program:

Healthy snacks will be provided throughout the program, we will take all allergies and intolerances into account as we make food arrangements.

What Should I wear and bring to the program:

Wear whatever makes you feel good and comfortable to move in. Please bring a re-usable water bottle.

We look so forward to sharing this program with you!!!

We would like to acknowledge funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario & the City of Ottawa