Radical Queer Theater - Culminating Project

The LOFT LGBTQ+ Community Center in collaboration with The Storytelling Project of Life Jacket Theatre Co. presents
Radical Queer Theater a monthlong storytelling series for LGBTQ+ young adults ages 18 to 29.

Join us for the culminating performance on Thursday, Oct. 29th 2020, at 7pm EST.

Radical Queer Theater engages artists at the intersection of theater, personal narrative, and queer power. Participants devised original work via processes of personal reflection, theatrical skill building, and peer consciousness raising. COME AS YOU ARE!

Led by Teaching Artist Julian Goldhagen, Radical Queer Theater was a series of 4 consecutive hour-long storytelling workshops taking place on the Zoom. 
More information on Julian below.

When: Culminating performance will take place on Thursday, Oct. 29th 2020, at 7pm EST.

Where: Virtually, via Zoom!

Hear our participants tell their amazing stories!


Details about Teaching Artist Julian Goldhagen:

Julian Goldhagen is an artist and social worker based in Brooklyn, New York.  His original performance work has been featured at the NYC Fringe Festival, The Beacon Theater, and the United Nations Palais de Nacion. Julian is an instructor with The Moth's Community and Education programs, where he has worked with groups such as Just Leadership USA, The Urban Justice Center, and SAGE--as well as in public schools across New York City. He is a proudly sex-positive socialist, and recently helped organize the country's first unionized sex shop

Details about The Storytelling Project of Life Jacket Theatre Co.

The Storytelling Project is an educational outreach effort of Life Jacket Theatre Company dedicated to helping young people in marginalized communities tell true, unvarnished, and undertold stories in personal, engaging, and creative ways using various theatrical languages including, but not limited to, drama, poetry, visual art, music, and dance.

Part storytelling, part theatrical adventure, this groundbreaking outreach project provides students with a safe environment in which they can share their authentic, urgent, and necessary stories in front of a live supportive audience.

From an artistic perspective, this educational project helps young people explore the power of the spoken word, visual art, dance, and music to tear down the theatrical fourth wall, foster a deep relationship between storyteller and audience, and unleash the true transformative power of human storytelling. This project is an exciting excavation and exploration of the human condition in the 21st century: persuasive, inspiring, and mythic. 

Learning Objectives & Goals:

Our workshops are designed to help students find their true artistic and storytelling voices, foster stronger bonds and ties with other members of their communities, diminish the silence surrounding controversial and taboo topics, ignite constructive and powerful dialogues about undiscussable topics, and elevate enthusiasm and energy for community empowerment, leadership, individuality, diversity, inclusion, community, and social justice.

Students will actively experiment with diverse forms of storytelling including, but not limited to, spoken word, visual art, music, and dance. Through intensive study, practice, and coaching, students will deepen their skillful repertoire of persuasive storytelling abilities as they discover unique and authentic voices as artists, theatre-makers, storytellers, and humans.

During our workshops, students will actively apply and practice narrative theories from multiple disciplines – theatre, dance, musicology, communication, psychology, literature, and neuroscience – to critically analyze the anatomy of effective and persuasive human stories. Students will actively explore and investigate historical folklore and narrative paradigms from the 21st century. They will analyze why some stories and forms are more persuasive, inspiring, and mythic than others.

Details about Life Jacket Theatre Co.




Life Jacket’s mission is to tell bold, challenging, and undertold stories – those that are currently or historically rejected, erased, or forgotten. We build all of our shows using interview transcripts, documentary materials, and other found texts. We blend these disparate materials together to create highly theatrical, visually inventive, viscerally engaging, genre-defying, and lyrically rich works that provoke meaningful conversations about socially excluded communities – particularly outsiders, non-conformers, and outcasts.


We have been nominated for a Drama Desk Award, two American Theatre Wing Henry Hewes Design Awards, and seven New York Innovative Theatre Awards. Our work has been selected as Critics’ Picks from The New York Times, Time Out New York, Fest Magazine, Voice Magazine, and The List as well as listed among the Top 10 Plays of the Year by New, Now, Next. We have been awarded grants from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Center, New York State Council on the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, ART/New York, Howard Gilman Foundation, Puffin Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Off-Broadway Angels, Drama League, John Golden Fund, Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, Jenner and Block Foundation, and Okapi Fund.