The mission of this Pacific Northwest festival is to celebrate the contributions of the LGBTQIA+ community to the art of theatre by reading, staging, and developing both original and classic works while creating an incubator for new LGBTQIA+ works, artists, and audiences.
In 2011, Portland, OR based Fuse Theatre Ensemble produced the Gay Pride Reading Series. After immense popular demand, Fuse reinvented it in 2013 as the much more ambitious and inclusive OUTwrightTheatre Festival.
OUTwright's 2018 production of Cabaret garnered 11 Portland Area Theatre Alliance Drammy Nominations and took home six awards including Outstanding Ensemble in a Musical and Outstanding Production of a Musical. In 2016,OUTwright's production of Under the Influence, by Ernie Lijoi, won the DrammyAwards for Best Original Score andBest Actor.
Along with reconnecting us with classic LGBTQIA+ texts, OUTwright has paved the way for numerous scripts to receive fully staged productions at theatres across the world. In fact, this year's Feature Production, The Pursuit of Happiness, by Portland's own Ernie Lijoi,started out as a workshop in last year's festival. 2014's Animals Commit Suicide, by festival favorite J. Julian Christopher, has received full productions in NYC and Chicago.2015's workshop of How to be a Sissy, by Brian Haimbach, was selected to perform at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. OUTwrightholds firm the belief that there is no greater canon of the LGBTQI+ civil rights experience than the theatre. Our hope is to educate future generations on the struggles and successes of our predecessors by sharing these stories, both new and old, while also engaging our audiences in numerous outreach programs by providing workshops, panel discussions, and artistic opportunities.
Gwendolyn Duffy and Sofia Molina in Cabaret (2018)
Winner of 6 Drammy Awards
Photo: Greg Parkinson
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