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Criminal Queerness Festival 2020

An arts festival that brings together queer artists, activists and audiences!

In partnership with


June 9 - 29




Bringing together queer playwrights, activists and audiences, National Queer Theater and Dixon Place are providing a platform for artists facing censorship, shining a light on critical stories from around the world. In order to build a truly global queer community, these writers are inspiring activism and shaping culture towards the equitable treatment of LGBTQ people everywhere. A Mayor’s Grant for Cultural Impact awardee, the festival is proud to partner with the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs for community engagement and outreach. Don’t miss this festival The New York Times and The Advocate recommended as the 2019 theatrical event of the Pride season! With a spectacular array of virtual activity, this year’s festival will include readings, panels, workshops, and even cocktail parties!

National Queer Theater is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to foster and support LGBTQIA+ communities through social justice in the performing arts. NQT's Mainstage produces new plays by, for, and with LGBTQ communities; and NQT's New Play Development invests in supporting early-career LGBTQ playwrights through developmental readings, staged readings, and public workshop productions to diversify the theater canon.

Partnering with community-based nonprofit organizations serving marginalized LGBTQIA+ communities, including the HIV+ community, National Queer Theater empowers youth, elders, activists, and educators through the transformative power of theater. These programs include workshops, classes, and long-term residencies led by expert Teaching Artists. www.nationalqueertheater.org

Established in1986, Dixon Place is dedicated to new artistic enterprise by developing and presenting original works of theater, dance, puppetry, literature, and visual art. With gender, race, sexual orientation, physical ability, and age equality as its mandate, DP is a safe haven that inspires and encourages artists of all stripes and callings to take risks and consummate new ideas and practices.

Dixon Place has been a home for LGBTQIA+ artists and audiences from its inception. In addition to 26 diverse year-round programs, our annual month-long festival HOT! The NYC Celebration of Queer Culture began in 1992 as the first comprehensive LGBTQIA+ arts festival of its kind. With 2 performing spaces and a cocktail lounge, Dixon Place embodies the richly diverse and adventurous spirit of NYC. www.dixonplace.org

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