Legislative Theatre

We are all actors: being a citizen is not living in society, it is changing it. -Augusto Boal, 2009

Legislative Theatre – a particular type of Forum Theatre – brings citizens, legislators and policymakers together into creative dialogue about the policies and laws that affect communities facing oppression.

At TONYC’s annual Legislative Theatre Festival, you will watch original plays based on the actors’ lived experiences of discrimination in New York City. You will act onstage alongside the actors to offer alternative responses to these systemic problems on an individual, institutional, or policy level. And you will submit ideas to representatives from City Council, the Mayor’s Office and the federal government, and then vote to carry these ideas forward to their respective chambers. You will use theatre, in other words, to spark concrete civic change.

2016 Legislative Theatre Festival:

At the 2016 Legislative Theatre Festival, The Housing Circus, we made creative policy change towards housing access for LGBTQ youth and veterans in NYC. Performances by actors from the Ali Forney Center and The Fortune Society. Featuring Council Members Carlos Menchaca (District 38) & Jimmy Van Bramer (District 26), Commissioner Vicki Been & Chief of Staff Leila Bozorg of Housing Preservation and Development, and more!

Missed the festival? Didn't get a chance to vote on the policy proposals created by actors and audience members? 
Check out the proposals here and vote now!


Press inquiries:
Patrick Kowalczyk, PKPR
(212) 627-8098

Past Festivals

2015: Inside/Outside
2014: Can't Get Right
2013: Save the Drama

Design: Risa Takeuchi '16; Design Corps
Pratt Institute, designcorps.pratt.edu

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Design: Risa Takeuchi '16; Pratt Institute, designcorps.pratt.edu
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