Youth Ensemble Project: New Orleans Meetup by L'llerret Allith of New Orleans Queer Youth Theater

I had been asked a  long while ago, amidst all of the drama trying to put on our own production and school ending, to do a write up on my experience with The Theater Offensive’s youth ensemble True Colors meeting our New Orleans Queer Youth Theater group. But now that I am on summer break, I have had time to really sit and think about how this experience impacted me and write on it. To be honest, I felt like it was a very significant transformative experience for me. Don’t get me wrong, the whole experience with NOQYT was transformative for me but when True Colors came, they had us really examine ourselves and how we define our person. I was really enlightened. We did a ROOTS exercise where we created a recipe that defined who we were and that really had all of us sitting in our chairs cracking our heads trying to figure out who in the world we were. What can we say to describe our making? Our cohort is made up of so many young queer folk trying to find their way and looking for ways to feel validated, to feel like they are enough, and to not have other people define them and here we were given the opportunity to do that. We were given the opportunity to define who we are for ourselves. I loved it! From that point on, we dug deeper and deeper into ourselves and every day we reminded one another that we are beautiful and are our own individuals. I value sharing space with other queer cohorts because we get to really see the work of individuality in action. It is a blessing to be able to share space with amazing queer folk and to learn from one another.

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

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