Queer Histories//Queer Futures (QHQF) is a program of monthly events including workshops, salons and creative intensives administered by Last Call in partnership with the New Orleans LGBT Community Center. This summer QHQF kicks off with a series of intergenerational oral history and audio production workshops open to LGBTQ people ages 16 and up. Led by experienced Last Call collaborators, these workshops will teach oral history protocols as well as technical skills in audio editing and podcasting. Workshop participants will conduct and transcribe interviews with elders in the Queer community and remix those interviews into new episodes for a special season of the Last Call podcast under the theme: Stories of Queer Resistance.

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Oral History and Transcription

 Wendy Gaudin (Educator, Xavier University) will lead participants in exploration of the ethics and practical skills needed for taking oral histories, and Last Call organizers will lead a transcription workshop. This intergenerational workshop series is open to 10 individuals ages 16 and up. All participants will be paid $250 after completing one interview and transcription outside of the workshop time.

May 7, 2017 10am-3pm Oral History 

June 3, 2017 12pm-5pm Transcription

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Podcast Creation

Free Feral (Producer, Last Call podcast) and Laine Kaplan-Levenson (Tripod New Orleans, WWNO) will teach participants basic audio editing and podcast creation.  Participants will receive oral history audio which they will listen to and select their story before the workshop on October 21.  Throughout the weekend, students will learn to craft these stories into radio pieces that may be featured on a special season of the Last Call podcast. This multigenerational workshop is open to 10 individuals ages 16 and up.  Participants will receive a stipend of up to $250 once their piece is completed.

October 21 and 22, 2017

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Creative Interpretation

Last Call and Alleged Lesbian Activities Co-Directors indee mitchell and Bonnie Gabel will lead a group of artists through a two week generative creative process.  Centering stories and themes pulled from oral history interviews taken for Queer Histories/Queer Futures, participants will meet regularly for a crash course in performance making as an ensemble. The QHQF Creative Intensive will start on November 26 and culminate on December 8th with a public sharing of the work created. 

January 2018

Queer Histories//Queer Futures is a partnership with the LGBT Community Center of New Orleans and is possible because of the generous support of Alternate ROOTS through the Partners in Action program supported byThe Nathan Cummings Foundation, Surdna Foundation and the Ford Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Additionally, this project is made possible, in part, through a grant from the Network of Ensemble Theaters' Travel & Exchange Network (NET/TEN), supported by lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The National Performance Network is the fiscal sponsor for Last Call.