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!
Patrick Kowalczyk, PKPR