Minority Voices TheatreTheatre That Creates a Sense of Belonging
Welcome to Minority Voices Theatre
MVT is a theatre project that is designed to offer an opportunity for members of minority or marginalized communities to participate in staged readings of plays as actors, writers, directors, designers, and/or audience members.
MVT is just finishing up our first year, and it has been a very exciting and illuminating time. We produced staged readings of three plays (Having Our Say, Vita & Virginia, Now I Am Your Neighbor). We helped sponsor two community events (DisOrient Film Festival, Eugene Children’s Film Festival), and we offered a scholarship to a summer film/animation camp to a young person of color through the Academic Achievement Center Foundation.
Approximately 1000 people came to see our productions, and our email list have passed 110 people. Our productions raised approximately $6000 in donations to local non-profits (NAACP of Lane County, LCC MultiCultural Center, Soromundi: Lesbian Chorus of Eugene, Community Alliance of Lane County, Centro Latino Americano, the Islamic Community Center of Lane County), and MVT broke even for the year, giving us the seed money to continue. It has been a good year, in hard times.
We are having conversations with community members and organizations about what next year might bring. We are working with TransPonder to present the play Transfigurations – a play that explores the lives of Oregonians who identify as transgender. We are exploring the possibility of creating an ongoing series of workshops that walk people through the process of writing and performing slices of their own lives – leading to an evening of local stories reflecting the diversity of our community. A person connected with the local tribal communities is taking preliminary steps to create a performance piece that MVT has agreed to produce when they are ready. We are in talks with CALC to do additional performances of Now I Am Your Neighbor. We are reading plays and wondering what 2018 will include.
We are also thinking about creating a crowd funding project to build a fund that can provide grants to community organizations working to tell the stories in our community that don’t often get told.
To learn more about the history of MVT, please check out the About MVT page. Our upcoming productions can be found in the panel to the right. Other relevant performances and community events can be found on the Related Events page.
Please use the form below to sign up for our periodic e-newsletter or to contact us with ideas for future productions, related events you’d like us to help promote, and any messages of encouragement you’d like to pass along.
MVT Upcoming Productions
We want to thank everyone who helped to make our first year an amazing success.
Coming in 2018
Transfigurations and The Trans Monologues
Twenty years ago, local playwrights Eliza Roaring Springs and Deltra Ferguson captured the lives of 10 Oregonians who identify as transgender in the powerful play, Transfigurations. In it, a wide spectrum of what that means to be gender non-conforming is explored. We follow their experiences as they pass through the many milestones that lead to self acceptance.
Together, MVT and local group, TransPonder, will create a companion piece to this play, The Trans Monologues, that will give audiences a chance to feel and experience the Trans community’s journey over the past 20 years, from Transfigurations to these new monologues created by members of our local community.
MVT of honored to produce this evening of Trans – Then And Now in partnership with TransPonder, a grassroots, completely transgender founded and led non-profit based in Eugene, Oregon. It provides support, education, and advocacy for the Trans/Gender Diverse community and its allies.
Dates and location TBD.
Now I Am Your Neighbor
A shortened version of this play, which tells the stories of immigrants living in Lane County, will be available beginning in February or March of 2018 to be performed in schools, places of worship, at community events – Free of Charge! For more information and to book a performance, use the contact MVT form at the bottom of this web page.
An encore performance of the full-length play is being planned for September or October of 2018. Check back for more information.