National Queer Theater

Nurturing LGBTQ+ Arts and Culture
Artistic Discipline: TheaterPerforming Arts
Category: Creative Equations Fund: Justice, Equity, & Sustainability
Grant Year: 2022
Location: Prospect Heights

National Queer Theater is an innovative theater collective dedicated to celebrating the brilliance of generations of LGBTQ artists and providing a home for unheard storytellers and activists. By serving our elders, youth, and working professionals, NQT creates a more just future through radical and evocative theater experiences and free community classes. Through our mainstage productions, free educational community programs, supporting the formation of new plays, we create and organize together, working towards a more equitable vision of a world bursting with pride. NQT’s programs include New Visions Fellowshop (a yearlong residency for Black trans and gender nonconforming playwrights), Write It Out! (a playwriting workshop for those living with HIV), DREAMing Out Loud (theater class for undocumented and immigrant LGBTQ students) and Criminal Queerness Festival (a showcase of playwrights from countries where LGBTQ are criminalized). Believing in the power of theater to effect sweeping social change, National Queer Theater cultivates a more just, joyous, and empowered intersectional queer community that is celebrated in all corners of society.