QuTheatr Ensemble

Ros and IndiaAkron’s New LGBTQ+ Youth Performance Ensemble Seeks to Empower and Employ Young Artists

QuTheatr Holds Workshops in February and March

 Akron, Ohio–QuTheatr, a new performance project aimed at employing and empowering LGBTQ+ youth and young adults in greater Akron, will hold two workshops this winter to identify participants for the project.  The first workshop will be held at The Balch Street Theatre, 220 South Balch Street, Akron 44302, on Saturday, February 24th from 2-4pm. The second workshop will be held at The University of Akron Student Center, third floor, on Tuesday, March 6th at 7PM on The University of Akron campus. QuTheatr is the recipient of a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, as part of its 2017 Akron Knight Arts Challenge. The Knight Arts Challenge funds the best ideas for engaging and enriching Akron through the arts. Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/381774695612909/

The QuTheatr workshops focus on theatre as a vehicle for personal healing and empowerment. They’re offered free of charge and open to any LGBTQ+ youth between the ages of 13-21. Those interested in acting, writing, directing and the use of technology in the arts are encouraged to participate.

These workshops are designed to provide a safe meeting place for LGBTQ+ youth to explore their creativity. Some participants may be selected for longer-term participation in QuTheatr and offered a modest stipend for future work in the company. Over the next two years, QuTheatr ensemble members will train, research, rehearse and present new theatre pieces based on their personal experiences and LGBTQ+ life in Akron.

QuTheatr is being formed as a project of New World Performance Lab (NWPL) and the Center for Applied Theatre and Active Culture (CATAC). NWPL co-artistic directors James Slowiak and Jairo Cuesta serve as producers of the project. The company will evolve under the direction of Coach House Theatre Artistic Director JT Buck.

QuTheatr Project Director, JT Buck, says: “This project will empower and ultimately employ our local queer youth at a very challenging time in their lives. We’ll set the expectation that young artists deserve to be paid, and that the voices of LGBTQ+ artists deserve to be heard, nurtured and respected. “

Anyone interested in participating in QuTheatr workshops is encouraged to RSVP by calling 330-867-3299 or emailing nwplab@gmail,com. Participants may attend the workshops without RSVP.

About CATAC and NWPL

CATAC serves as the administrative umbrella for NWPL, an internationally acclaimed ensemble of theatre artists that has been active in Northeastern Ohio for 25 years. Since taking up residence at The Balch Street Theatre in 2011, CATAC has produced a number of exceptional NWPL productions including “The Devil’s Milk Trilogy,” “Virginia Woolf’s ORLANDO” and “Gilgamesh: He Who Saw Everything” as well as hosting various theatre companies such as Studium Teatralne from Poland, Akropolis Performance Lab from Seattle, TAPIT Theatre Ensemble from Madison, WI, and Ma’Sue Productions. CATAC/NWPL spearheads numerous community projects, training sessions, educational programs, and performances throughout the region, nationally, and internationally.

About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Knight Foundation is a national foundation with strong local roots. We invest in journalism, in the arts, and in the success of cities where brothers John S. and James L. Knight once published newspapers. Our goal is to foster informed and engaged communities, which we believe are essential for a healthy democracy.


JT Buck: 802-274-3499 or buckjam@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/381774695612909/

CATAC/NWPL:  James Slowiak, nwplab@gmail.com, 330-867-3299

Website:  http://www.nwplab.com

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/nwplab/

Knight Foundation: Adam Ganuza, Program Officer/Arts, ganuza@knightfoundation.org