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Can Theater Spur Public Policy Changes?

Can theater change minds or even public policy?

On May 18th, Theatre of the Oppressed NYC proved it just might be possible when it presented short plays performed by homeless LGBTQ youth that were based on the challenges they face living in New York City.

The youth were then joined by elected officials like New York City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer and audience members to improv, act out, identify, and finally vote on possible policy solutions. The result was an experience that was entertaining, eye-opening, and potentially life-changing.

PKPR secured preview features and post-festival reviews in both national and local media including The Huffington PostMetro New YorkNext MagazineGay City NewsEdge New York, and New York Theatre.

PKPR Client: Theatre of the Oppressed NYC

Theatre of the Oppressed NYC, a nonprofit organization that empowers communities on the margins to reenact their struggles in the form of plays. After each performance, audiences are invited onstage to put themselves in the protagonists’ shoes and suggest creative answers to the problems dramatized in the show.

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