Act Now, Fight Back, Fight Trump!   

LGBT Resistance to the Trump Administration

Date and Time: Sunday May 28 5:00 PM
Duration: 60 minutes
Location: Cowell Theater Lobby

General Admission: FREE 



Photo Credit: Mathias Wasik

Participants Include: Jesselito Bie (STEAMROLLER), Rotimi Agbabiaka (SF Mime Troupe), Sarah Bush (Sarah Bush Dance Project) and Joe Landini (SAFEhouse for the Arts). Moderator: Virgie Tovar

Panelists discuss the impact of the Trump administration as it pertains to the LGBT community(ies)—in particular vis-à-vis the subjects of trans civil rights, gay marriage, health care and immigration. What are the immediate threats, how can the queer community respond, and what is the role of the artist in shining a torch on these issues and galvanizing the community?


Jesselito Bie moved to the Bay Area in 1992 to dance with the High Risk Group and has since performed with many local companies such as Scott Wells and Dancers, Stephen Pelton Dance Company, Cid Perlman/Nesting Dolls, Kulintang Arts, Erika Shurch Performance Project, Jerome Bel, Krista DeNio/ETS, Joe Landini and Kim Epifano/Epiphany Productions. He has also received awards for his choreography from the SF Bay Guardian, the 360 Award from CSUEB for all around Outstanding and Outrageous Queer Dance Work and the Tobie from Bay Area Dance Watch for Best Male Solo. He was also a participant in ODC Theater's Sandbox residency program. He is currently a lead artist at Safehouse Arts.

Rotimi Agbabiaka is an actor, writer, director and teaching artist. He most recently appeared in Schooled with the San Francisco Mime Troupe, Sojourners and runboyrun at Magic Theatre, Hair with Bay Area Musicals, Holiday High Jinx with Word for Word, Choir Boy at Marin Theatre Company, The Amen Corner with Alter Theater, We Are Proud To Just Theater, and Raisin in The Sun at Cal Shakes. He is a collective member of the SF Mime Troupe, a former cast member at Beach Blanket Babylon, and his solo play, Homeless, won Best Solo Performance at the SF Fringe Festival. Mr. Agbabiaka directed the world premiere of VS. at TheatreFirst. He studied at Moscow Art Theatre and earned his MFA from Northern Illinois University. 

Sarah Bush integrates modern, pop, and liturgical dance to create a unique movement vocabulary and choreographic voice. She teaches group and private lessons and serves as a guest artist and choreographer for schools and other companies. She is currently a member of Dance Brigade and has been a guest performer with Bill T. Jones and choreographer for Axis Dance Company. Sarah has been interviewed for articles in SF Bay Times, The Monthly, and East Bay Express, and on KALW’s “Open Air” and “Out In The Bay” radio programs. Her work has been recognized with awards from Curve Magazine and Bay Area Dance Watch. 

Joe Landini is a local choreographer/curator who received his BA from UC Irvine and his MA from Laban Centre (UK). He has been choreographing for thirty years and received the GOLDIE Award from the SF Bay Guardian in 2012. He founded SAFEhouse Arts (Saving Art From Extinction) in 2004 and produces the West Wave Dance Festival, SPF (summer performance festival) and RAW (resident artist workshop).

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