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March 19, 2024 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT

ENOUGH! Plays to End Gun Violence: Using Theater to Amplify, Honor and Center the Lockdown Generation


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ENOUGH! Plays to End Gun Violence: Using Theater to Amplify, Honor and Center the Lockdown Generation


March 19, 2024 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT






Grade Level Grades 9-12, Professional Development

About This Webinar

Since 2019 and over three program cycles, the initiative ENOUGH! Plays to End Gun Violence has brought together thousands of artists at the intersection of art, activism, and amplifying teen voices in vital evenings of theater that allow communities to confront the issue of gun violence. In this 2024 Share My Lesson Virtual Conference session, Founder and Joaquin Oliver artistic producer Michael Cotey will share what has been successful with this model for calling on submissions from new teen writers, how it has created a new pipeline for young playwrights; and how it's nationwide reading has led to meaningful, lasting collaborations, with thoughts on how it can be replicable on any number of critical topics teens care about, beyond just gun violence. Attendees will also get to experience some of the work created by teen playwright through ENOUGH.


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Joaquin Oliver Artistic Producer, ENOUGH! Plays to End Gun Violence

Michael Cotey is the Joaquin Oliver Artistic Producer of ENOUGH! Plays to End Gun Violence, a ground-breaking campaign of theater activism for teens to confront the issue gun violence by writing original short plays on the topic and staging readings of those plays in theatres across the country. Readings of ENOUGH! have taken place in over a hundred locations since 2020, including flagship productions at The Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center. The work of ENOUGH! has been featured on PBS NewsHour, NPR, and the BBC, and was awarded the Golding Foundation Exemplary Project Award.

In addition to generating new plays about gun violence written by teens, Michael and ENOUGH! has collaborated with gun violence prevention activist Manuel Oliver to develop his solo theater piece GUAC: The One Man Show, about his relationship with his son Joaquin, who was one of the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglass mass shooting.

Michael has directed at Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Next Act, Nebraska Repertory Theater, First Stage, Northwestern University, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Illinois Wesleyan University and Youngblood Theatre. He has also assisted at Goodman Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Utah Shakespeare, Steppenwolf, and Milwaukee Rep, for prominent directors, like Tony Award-winners Mary Zimmerman and Robert Falls. 
In 2023 he served as the Festival Producer for World Premiere Wisconsin, an inagural and first-of-its-kind statewide new play festival. From 2009-2013 he was the Founding Artistic Director of Youngblood Theatre, regularly celebrated by the theater community and the press as one of the most exciting new Milwaukee theater ventures in decades. 

Michael graduated from UW-Milwaukee with a BFA in Acting and from Northwestern University with an MFA in Directing. In 2014 he was named UWM’s “Graduate of the Last Decade.” 

Professional Credit

Share My Lesson webinars are available for one-hour of PD credit. A certificate of completion will be available for download at the end of your session that you can submit for your school's or district's approval.

In addition, Share My Lesson has arrangements in place as follows:



ENOUGH - AFT WEBINAR v2 - Using Theater to Amplify, Honor and Center the Lockdown Generation.pdf

March 19, 2024
13.98 MB
2 Reviews
Incredible Session!
Every school needs to take part in this campaign!
Megan Ortmeyer
March 20, 2024
Such an important webinar!
This was powerful. It's a must watch for everyone!
Kelly Booz
March 19, 2024