Act Like a Feminist Artist: A Guerrilla Girl Unmasked

Marriott Conference Center A

Sunday, 2:30-3:15

Ever wonder what it’s like to be a feminist masked avenger? Donna Kaz, aka Aphra Behn, shares the story of her journey from survivor of domestic violence at the hands of a famous actor to radical activist and member of the Guerrilla Girls: feminist artists who never appear in public without wearing rubber gorilla masks and who go by the names of dead woman artists in order to shed light on sexism in the art world. As the Guerrilla Girl Aphra Behn, Kaz created comedic performance art, street theatre, and visual works that addressed discrimination in the theater world and proved feminists are funny at the same time. “Act Like A Feminist Artist” discusses the posters, protests, fax blitzes, speak-outs and street theatre actions of the Guerrilla Girls and includes readings from passages of her new memoir.

Presenters

Donna Kaz

donnakaz.com AND ggontour.com

Donna Kaz is a multi-genre writer who joined the Guerrilla Girls in 1997 and led their foray into attacking discrimination in the theatre world. Using the pseudonym Aphra Behn, she has spent the last 20 years traveling around the world with performances and street theatre actions created to address issues like gender parity, reproductive rights and an end to violence against women. Her blog, Guerrilla Activism, is featured on the Clyde Fitch Report. She has been published in Ms. Magazine, The Sun, Lilith, Step Away Magazine, Trivia: Voices of Feminism, Levitate, The Dramatist, Ful Art magazine, Girl Drive Blog, Gender Across Borders and Hawai’i Review (Ian MacMillan Award).

Her upcoming publications include Lost Horse Press’s Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse. Her plays have been produced by Live Girls Theatre, New York Musical Theatre Festival, The York Theatre, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Harlem Stage, Trinity College/Dublin, The Spit Lit Festival/London, International Women’s Arts Festival/UK, Women Playwrights International Conference/Sweden and the Tribeca Performing Arts Center. She is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from Venus Theatre, the Yoko Ono Courage Award for the Arts and a Skowhegan Medal. Her book, Un/Masked, Memoirs of a Guerrilla Girl On Tour, explores her journey to feminism, the challenges of surviving domestic violence and life as an activist and artist, creating work that proves feminists are funny while wearing a rubber gorilla mask.

Introducer

Suzanne Van Atten

Suzanne Van Atten is editor of Personal Journeys, an award-winning long-form narrative feature that appears weekly in the Sunday Living & Arts section of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She is author of Moon Puerto Rico, a travel guide now in its fourth edition, and a Pushcart Prize-nominated essayist, who’s been published in The Gettysburg Review, The Chattahoochee Review and Full Grown People. She is director of the Decatur Writers Studio and has taught writing classes at Emory University, Emory Continuing Education and Hub City Writers Project.