Tuesday, March 8, 2011

"Make it Better, Iowa" Project Launches!

 View the Main website HERE!

About the Project
The mission of the project is to use theatre training and storytelling to help make Iowa a better place for LGBT youth to grow up. Make it Better, Iowa  is a collaboration between Working Group Theatre, The UI Center for Human Rights, and Iowa Pride Network with support from Prairie Lights Bookstore and Hotel Vetro. It is divided into 3 parts. Read about them below to find out how you can be a part of Make it Better, Iowa.

Part One: The Training
Theatre Training for WGT Company members with Dr. Karen Mitchell, a Theatre of the Oppressed/Forum Theatre specialist from the University of Northern Iowa. Don’t know about Theatre of the Oppressed? Dont know about the Theatre of the Oppressed?  Read up.

Part Two: The Workshop
April 2nd: 9am-12pm, 1:30pm-4:00pm
WGT and UICHR will offer a free public workshop, open to anyone who works with LGBT youth and is interested in using theatre as a tool to combat oppression and facilitate discussion.  Led by Dr. Karen Mitchell with assistance from WGT. Interested in participating? Send an email here to register and receive more details.

Part Three: The Event
IOWA CITY— Working Group Theatre has teamed up with The University of Iowa Center for Human Rights, Iowa Pride Network, Prairie Lights Bookstore, and The Hotel Vetro to present Make it Better, Iowa. It will be held Sunday, April 17th at 4pm in the Hotel Vetro’s Grand Ballroom. The event will feature a theatrical performance, personal storytelling and a Skyped in appearance by Dan Savage who will be talking about the release of “It Gets Better” the book. Prairie Lights will have the book available for purchase at the event and a portion of all proceeds will go to the Iowa Pride Network and United Action for Youth. Admission is free and open to the public.

Check out the "Make it Better, Iowa" website!