Interdisciplinary Theater Piece, “Propaganda for the Self”


On May 25th- 26th the interdisciplinary theater piece, Propaganda for the Self will run at Vashon Center for the Arts.

Propaganda for the Self is the American Dream deconstructed in order to build a bridge into a more radical reimagining of what we are capable of. The show is an essay enacted through bodies in real time. Using utopian queer love stories, dance movements inspired by superheros, and audience engagement, Manning and Steffen will excavate white America’s obsession with numbness in search of the radical possibility of desire.

The show, created through the support of a 4Culture project grant, is the co-creation of Eli Steffen and Corinne Manning. Steffen grew up on Vashon and partnered with Manning, a former resident to co-create and bring this project to the island infamously named in 2014 the most liberal place in America.

At the heart of Propaganda for the Self is a series of opportunities for the audience to answer yes/no questions, revealing their own histories and beliefs and the gap between personal truths and collective identity.

Propaganda for the Self runs May 25th-26th at Vashon Center for the Arts. Tickets are available at $8 Student, $10 Member, $12 Senior, $14 General. For more information please visit This project is supported through a grant from 4Culture.

Eli Steffen is a writer, performer, and creative facilitator whose work focuses on the intersection of community, culture, and identity. They performed up and down both coasts with such companies as Future Husband, the Community Arts Project, The Public Circus, and The Temenos Project. Most recently they have performed with Vanessa DeWolf, Gender Tender, and Kt Shores and at such venues at SITI Company Studio, The Richard Hugo House, and Studio Current.

Corinne Manning is a prose writer, literary organizer and performer whose work has been published widely. She has received grants and fellowships from 4 Culture, Artist Trust and the MacDowell Colony and founded The James Franco Review a project on visibility and reimagining the publishing process. Manning performed in an earlier conception of Propaganda for the Self at Studio Current in 2017.