Guerrilla Girls On Tour Activist Art Lectures and Workshops include:
PUSH/PUSHBACK – 9 Steps to make a difference with art and activism (because the world’s gone bananas!)
– Reading/Book Signing and Lecture. In 1997 Aphra Behn became a member of the Guerrilla Girls; activist/feminists whose mission was to shed light on discrimination in the arts. As a theatre artist, she spearheaded the Guerrilla Girls’ campaign to address sexism in the theatre world and in 2001 formed Guerrilla Girls On Tour, a touring theatre company which created Guerrilla Girls On Tour Activist Art, visual works, performances and street theatre actions that focused on promoting gender parity in the arts and other issues affecting women and artists of color. On November 1, 2016, she published a memoir about her life entitled, UN/MASKED, Memoirs of a Guerrilla Girl On Tour. As she toured the country reading from the book someone always asked her this: What can I do? How can I affect change? Even though she had shared some of the tactics of the Guerrilla Girls in her memoir she quickly came to the conclusion that another, more detailed guide, was needed to help people deal with the craziness of the twenty-first century. People are angry, scared, sad and feel helpless. The problems of the world appear to be untenable. There is so much that needs changing, how can one person tackle it all? Push/Pushback is a humorous and enlightening interactive lecture detailing how one person can push against the status quo. The talk culminates in a motivational step-by-step conclusion to inspire audience members to think of themselves as citizen artists who have the power to change the world.
OPTION TO ADD a 2.5-hour poster or street theatre workshop. Workshops give participants a hands-on experience in the art of collaboration and everyone leaves with a finished piece of protest art.
NEW! Survivors Stories in the #MeToo World – How to Harness the Power of Truth. Reading/Book Signing and Lecture.
Survivors of violence, whose stories had been met with everything from hushed skepticism to bald-faced doubt just a short time ago, are now being listened to and believed. How can the power of these voices rising be captured to raise awareness and find solutions to eliminating violence in our world? This interactive lecture focuses on the use of writing, drawing, theatre and storytelling to thread survivors stories into the fabric of the movement to end violence against women. Survivor turned activist, Aphra Behn aka Donna Kaz, discusses in detail how to support survivors who are ready to speak power to their personal truth via memoir, visual work, public speaking and community collaborations with local art organizations.
CURRENT TOUR – Spring 2020
January – Southampton Creative Nonfiction Writers Conference in Southampton, NY.
March – Comedy Writing Intensive for Women, Southampton, NY.
March – Tate Modern, London. Join Aphra Behn, Alma Thomas and Gerda Taro for a panel on “What is there left for the Guerrilla Girls to tackle?”
April – Interview on BBC World
May – Venue Theatre, Washington D.C. and various Keynote Speeches across the US.
ALSO ON TOUR:
If You Can Stand the Heat: The History of Women and Food – Performance. A hilarious, flour-dusted, theatrically surprising stage conversation meant to dissolve fears of food and encourage freedom of the fork. Spoiler alert: We wouldn’t be surprised if somebody got a pie in the face. Guerrilla Girls On Tour Activist Art.
Silence is Violence – Performance Statistics and strategies for combating violence against women are combined with an up-to-the-minute commentary on hot political topics and an overview of our most famous posters, performance art and protests. Guerrilla Girls On Tour Activist Art.