Mother Tongues – Community Workshop Conversation


Call for LGBTQ2S+ Participants with English as as Additional Language (EAL)*

WHEN: April 21st and 23rd 2021
2 four-hour sessions, with breaks.
Times to be determined.
WHERE: Online, over Zoom
COMPENSATION: $240 honorarium
Live Closed Captioning will be provided

Deadline to submit: April 12, 2021

*We highly encourage applications from queer immigrants and newcomers who feel the burden of language when it comes to queerness and expression.

We are looking to connect, converse and share stories with LGBTQ2S+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Pansexual, Trans, Non-binary, Queer, Questioning and Two Spirit) community members whose native language is not English, who have learned it as an additional language.

With facilitation by Jen Sungshine, we will provide a safe space for community members to reflect on their lived experiences as multi-lingual queer people. How has language shaped who we are? How does English succeed or fail to express our feelings, our gender, or our sexuality? What barriers have we faced due to having English as an additional language?

If these questions interest you, and you’d like to meet with other LGBTQ2S+ folks with English as an Additional Language, we invite you to join us!

Participation Requirements

-A computer
-A stable internet connection
-Zoom downloaded on your computer
-A willingness to engage. This is an interactive process, and participants will be asked to keep their video and audio on during the conversation.

How to Submit

Please email your name, email, and phone number, as well as a short paragraph about why the project interests you, to Artistic Director Fay Nass at fay@thefranktheatre.com, and CC Associate Producer Anais West at anais@thefranktheatre.com

About Mother Tongues

This conversation is the first phase in a larger, community-devised theatre project, Mother Tongues, produced by the frank theatre in collaboration with MOSAIC. The project investigates how language shapes queerness outside of Western, English-speaking contexts. There will be the opportunity for several participants from this phase who are excited about the project to continue on to later stages of creation, depending on budget and availability.