3, 2, 1 Action: Legislative Theatre
Participatory democracy on stage
How does it work? #WatchActVote
WATCH: In collaboration with local partners, community members create and present original plays based on lived experiences. These plays, which can be created over several days or weeks, address timely, local issues.
ACT: In public performance forums, audiences are invited to improvise alternative responses to systemic problems onstage. Together with advocates and stakeholders, these ideas are then developed into specific and feasible policy proposals.
VOTE: Public events lead to debate and amendments, until the proposals are ready for a community vote. Finally, policymakers (e.g. city council, the mayor’s office, institutional leadership) carry these proposals forward to their respective chambers–using theatre to spark concrete change.
“Legislative Theatre reinforces my belief that constituents should have a direct impact on forming policies, setting budget priorities and determining legislative actions. It also offers a practical experience for both the constituent participants and the elected or administrative officials present. We need to continue to increase the number of opportunities for elected officials, agency personnel, and City staff members to participate directly in Legislative Theatre.”
— Carlos Menchaca, NYC Council Member
Where's the evidence?
"Yesterday’s Legislative Theatre was amazing. It’s such a brilliant format for community outreach, engagement and education. This process is an innovative and effective model for community-based policy-making that should be replicated.”
— Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan Associate Counsel, LatinoJustice PRLDEF & President, National Lawyers Guild