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 WasikParticipants Include: Jesselito Bie (STEAMROLLER), Rotimi Agbabiaka (SF Mime Troupe), Sarah Bush (Sarah Bush Dance Project), Joe Landini (SAFEhouse for the Arts), and Alex U. Inn (Carmen Alex Morrison). 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?
ARTIST BIOSJesselito 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 Present...at 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).
Virgie Tovar is an author, activist and one of the nation's leading experts and lecturers on fat discrimination and body image. She is the founder of Babecamp, a 4-week online course designed to help women who are ready to break up with diet culture, and started the hashtag campaign #LoseHateNotWeight. She pens two weekly columns, Dear Virgie and Take the Cake. Tovar edited the ground-breaking anthology Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love and Fashion (Seal Press, November 2012) and The Feminist Press will be publishing her forthcoming book of non-fiction (2018). She holds a Master's degree in Human Sexuality with a focus on the intersections of body size, race and gender.
Alex U. Inn (Carmen Alex Morrison) is the 2017 SF Pride Grand Marshal and Producer of Pride’s 2017 Resistance Contingent. Alex is an endless advocate for justice and equality, fighting for their rights and the rights of others, speaking truth to power. One of the few Drag Kings to be named to Sainthood by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Alex has been a critical force for many important LGBTQQI institutions and issues, such as: The SF LGBT Center (founder), MyNameIs Coalition (fighting Facebook for the right for a chosen name), SF Pride (ex-Board Member), NECTAR/Women’s Stage (founder), UNLEASH! Dance Party for Women (producer), and Committee for Queer Justice (founder). Alex also founded Momma’s Boyz, a Krew of Hip Hop Artivist Drag Kings and KINGDOM! a Drag King House which fundraises for the Community. Alex has been happily married to Ellen Morrison for 9 years.