The Out & Allied Project, focuses on youth-written and performed pieces on queer and allied issues.
Out & Allied Anthology Vol 1 (2011) and Vol 2 (2014) features royalty free plays, monologues spoken word, and music written by, with or for youth activism. Vol 1 includes a handbook with guidelines and suggestions for using theater for social change, in addition to a glossary of LGBTQ terms courtesy of GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network). Vol 2 highlights dialogue and youth leadership in faith-based communities. These books are designed to be used as a resource for staging performances and bringing to light the stories of LGBTQ youth.
The Out & Allied Youth Writing Project was developed under Plourde’s leadership and has been noted with several funding awards including:
- “Best Start Up Youth Project,” Portland League of Voters, 2011
- “Best Anthology,” Maine Writers and Publishers, 2011
- A nod from the Southern Poverty Law Center’s magazine Teaching Tolerance.
The Out & Allied Project received funding from a range of sources including the National Recreation Foundation, the Maine Community Foundation’s Equity Fund, and chiefly the Mukti Fund and represents Add Verb’s commitment to not only providing quality performance material but serving to strengthen communities.
Plourde is available for workshops and trainings on script development and cultivating allies for LGBTQ youth.
Ask your local bookstore for the Out & Allied Anthologies, or order on-line.
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