National Queer Theater is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to foster and support LGBTQ communities through social justice in the performing arts. By producing socially-conscious plays about issues in the community, the theater raises awareness about LGBTQ rights in the general public. Through partnership-based education programs, National Queer Theater teaches acting and storytelling skills to underserved groups in the LGBTQ community to instill pride and promote creative leadership. The theater accomplishes its mission through three primary programs:
1. Mainstage Productions: The National Queer Theater Mainstage produces new plays by, for, and with LGBTQ communities. From selecting plays to planning, rehearsals and performance, Mainstage productions are developed by a community of professional LGBTQ artists in pursuit of artistic excellence and social justice through positive representation. Through post-show discussions with the artists, they activate audiences to create change in their communities through civic engagement.
2. New Play Development: National Queer Theater invests in supporting early-career LGBTQ playwrights through developmental readings, staged readings, and public workshop productions. These early stage programs help playwrights develop their work to become more effective advocates and artist-activists in the cultural sector. The program also promotes the creation of new plays by writers of underrepresented backgrounds to diversify the traditional theater cannon.
3. Education and Community Programs: National Queer Theater partners with community-based nonprofit organizations serving marginalized LGBTQ communities, including the HIV+ community, to empower youth, elders, activists, and educators through the transformative power of theater. These programs include workshops, classes, and long-term residencies led by expert Teaching Artists