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Queer Arts Initiative Spring 2019

Queer Arts Initiative

Spring Quarter
Thursdays Weeks 1-9 from 5:30-7:00pm
Roble Gym (Acting Studio 136 & Room 139)

All students welcome, regardless of major, experience or background!

Ready to activate your bodies, your minds, and your souls? During this weekly drop-in workshop, we will contemplate and make performance through a variety of themes: the senses, affect, rhythm, drag, metamorphosis, animality, eroticism, intersectionality, and more! Workshops taught by the lead instructor will begin with mindfulness and movement meditations, followed by performance activities and discussions about queer performance. Snacks provided.

Comfortable clothing suggested. Curious, playful, and sensuous minds encouraged. For more info, contact

RSVP encouraged but not required. RSVP here:

Guest Artist Visits:

4/4 – Women Who Drag with Fauxnique and Madd Dogg

Fauxnique & Madd Dogg 20/20 will examine the transformative art of drag. They will share their performance practices including costume, makeup and lip sync through image and video and engage the group in performance exercises. They will introduce their unique stories and discuss their distinct experiences in the boys’ club of the drag world as a faux queen and a drag king: women who drag.

4/18 – Queer Performance Action Magic
Keith Hennessy will offer an expansive approach to queer performance that fuses the psycho-magical with the anarcha-feminist, using collaborative play as core material.

5/9 – Live Storytelling! The Art and Craft of Storytelling with Juliana Delgado Lopera
From Cuenteros on the streets of Bogotá, to auntie gossip at the dinner table, to drag queens on stage. This artist talk/workshop asks, what makes a good storyteller? What elements of everyday life can we incorporate in our practice as storytellers?  What is live storytelling?”

5/23 – Tapping the Velvet
Vero Black, FKA Vixen Noir will teach a fun and sexy workshop using theater, improv, dance, burlesque, storytelling, visualization, writing, and trust exercises to help participants tap into and celebrate their “erotic power.”

Workshops on 4/11, 4/25, 5/2, 5/16 & 5/30 taught by Gigi Otálvaro-Hormillosa (lead instructor and curator)
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Vero Black, FKA Vixen Noir, is an international entertainer and teacher with more than twenty-five years of experience in the creation, execution and training of a wide spectrum of performance genres. She is a singer, songwriter, recording artist, performance artist, dancer, choreographer, dance teacher, poetess, spoken word artist, burlesque & striptease artist, costume designer, make-up artist, and producer and director of live performance and video. Vero is the Founder, Director and Performance Empowerment Coach of Unleash Your Fire Performance Academy for Women, a pop-up school that uses a performance-based experimental approach to help participants discover, tap into, reclaim and celebrate “erotic power” as a viable resource for healing, transformation and creative empowerment. For more about Vero visit

Madd-Dogg 20/20 has been rocking the Bay since 2006 as a premier Drag King.  He has won multiple pageants and is an inspiring community leader.  Along with racking up crowns for SF Drag King and Switch Hitters, he led the fundraising for the Grand Ducal Council as the first ever Drag King Grand Duke of San Francisco.  Madd-Dogg 20/20 values his voice as an inspiration to other performers and works tirelessly to elevate drag kings and women in the drag world.

Fauxnique AKA Monique Jenkinson performs locally and internationally in wide-ranging contexts from nightclubs to theaters to museums. Honors include residencies at Headlands Center for the Arts and Atlantic Center for the Arts, an Irvine Fellowship at the de Young Museum, GOLDIE and BESTIE awards, 7X7 Magazine’s ‘Hot 20’ and TBA and Izzie award nominations as well as support from CHIME, SF Arts Commission, and the Kenneth Rainin and Zellerbach Foundations. She has performed her solo works at SF venues: YBCA, ODC, CounterPulse, Joe Goode Annex, and the DeYoung; NY venues: Joe’s Pub, New Museum, and Movement Research; and venues in in London, Berlin, Rome and Zürich. Jenkinson created curriculum for San Francisco Art Institute and St. Mary’s College and has engaged in public conversations with Judith Butler and Michelle Visage. She is working on a drag memoir for Amethyst Editions/Feminist Press.

Keith Hennessy, MFA, PhD, is a dancer, writer, choreographer, activist, and ritualist. Raised in northern Ontario, living in San Francisco since 1982, he tours internationally. Keith’s recent collaborators include Peaches, Meg Stuart, Snowflake Towers (Yoeme, Mayan), Yen-Fang Wu, Scott Wells, Jassem Hindi, J Jha, Annie Danger, Gerald Casel, and the team from Winter Circle X including the punk metal band Hemorage. Awards include Guggenheim, USArtist, NY Dance & Performance (“Bessie”), Sui Generis, and several Izzy awards. Hennessy directs Circo Zero and was a member of Sara Shelton Mann's Contraband from 1985 to 1994. Recent gigs include ICI-CCN Montpellier (France), New Tretyakov / VAC Foundation (Moscow), Impulstanz (Vienna), Ponderosa (German), Warsaw Flow, TBA Festival (Portland), Movement Research (NY), American Realness (NY), and San Diego State University, Mills College, St. Mary's College, and Hollins University. More info:

Juliana Delgado Lopera is an award-winning Colombian writer, speaker, historian and performance artist based in San Francisco. She’s the author of Quiéreme and ¡Cuéntamelo!, an illustrated bilingual collection of oral histories by LGBT Latinx immigrants, which won a 2018 Lambda Literary Award and a 2018 Independent Publisher Book Award. Juliana has received the 2014 Jackson Literary Award, her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and she’s appeared in publications including: Eleven Eleven, Foglifter, Four Way Review, Broadly, and TimeOut. She’s the creative director of RADAR Productions, a queer literary non-profit in San Francisco. She recently presented a TEDx Talk. Follow her @julianadlopera. For more information visit

Gigi Otálvaro-Hormillosa, Ph.D. (lead instructor and curator) is a San Francisco-based interdisciplinary performance artist-scholar, writer, and psychogeographer. She obtained her doctorate of philosophy in Theater & Performance Studies with a minor in Art History from Stanford University. She is the recipient of the first-ever Stanford Theater & Performance Studies Department Carl Weber Prize for Integration of Creative Practice and Scholarly Research for her doctoral work and dissertation entitled Erotic Resistance: Performance, Art, and Activism, in San Francisco Strip Clubs, 1960s-2010s. Her performance and video works have been presented nationally and internationally, and her writing has been published in Performance Research, San Francisco MOMA’s Open Space, Art Practical, and Latin American and Latinx Visual Culture (forthcoming April 2019), among others. For more information about publications, performances, and other projects, visit

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Queer Arts Initiative: PERFORMANCE MAKING WORKSHOP & GUEST ARTIST SERIES is presented by Queer Student Resources and is co-sponsored by the Department of Theater and Performance Studies, the Institute for Diversity in the Arts, and Black and Queer and Stanford.