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Man Question


A theater-based organization addressing masculinity, building community, and creating possibilities for new gender expressions.

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Man Question


A theater-based organization addressing masculinity, building community, and creating possibilities for new gender expressions.

How do you stay human in the face of masculinity?

Rather than giving straight answers, Man Question poses: how does masculinity play in people's lives?  How do we learn manhood?  How can masculinity lead to isolation and violence?  How can it lead to joy?

In our Workshops, the annual New Masculinities Festival, and other participatory platforms, we approach masculinity as a performance.  We ask, how can we play masculinity to create a new world?

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New Masculinities Festival


A day of performances and dialogue breathing new life into what it means to be a man

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New Masculinities Festival


A day of performances and dialogue breathing new life into what it means to be a man

saturday, november 5, 2016
at the LGBT center.

At the New Masculinities Festival, we examine the impact of expectations of masculinity on people's lives and work to imagine new possibilities for gender expression--just like we do in our workshops.  However, in the festival, we take advantage of the power of produced theatre, dance, and performance art to challenge our thinking and transport us to new worlds and perspectives.

Dive In art by www.shaneharrington.org.

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Workshops


Custom-tailored workshops, talks, and residencies

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Workshops


Custom-tailored workshops, talks, and residencies

In our workshops, we explore key questions through the lens of gender and play unique theatre-based games to build community and develop vocabulary for talking about masculinity. 

To learn more about what to expect from a workshop and to see example models check our Workshops page.

photography by Ayse Nur Gencalp

photography by Ayse Nur Gencalp

This class allowed me to re-evaluate the stereotypes that govern so many of us (incarcerated or otherwise).
— Participant at Correctional Institution
I come from a generation where coming out was very difficult, and because of that you did t have the opportunity to participate in any kind of gender play. I found the group work very liberating. The experience felt similar to coming out because I got to explore a newly uncovered part of myself with the group.
— Participant at Nehirim at Easton Mountain
photography by Hannah Mello

photography by Hannah Mello

Through theatre games, stories, sharing experiences, open heart surgeries, and sincere, loveable, looking-into-your-eye type of communication, these two guys (or should I say men?) lead a two day workshop that dares you to ask, explore, and travel places in your mind you thought you would never see again.

I personally passed through a key moment of realization. I discovered my manhood struggling between my passions and my duties but at the end this workshop helped me in a really theatrical and therapeutic way to find answers that I was not brave enough to reveal. I will totally recommend this workshop. Can’t wait for part two!
— Participant at an open workshop in NYC
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Mission and Vision


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Mission and Vision


Working from our values of love, play, and peace, Man Question uses a theatre-based workshop to address masculinity, grow community, and create possibilities for new gender expressions--in order to create a world free of gender-based oppression in which every person has the power to play with and create their own identities.

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The Collaborators


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The Collaborators


Michael Wilson

co-founder, director

Michael began working on gender in 2008, when he ran a dialogue for middle-schoolers called "The Man Box." Bitten by the gender bug, he has spoken on panels and written articles on gender, created a solo retrospective performance on gender in Breakfast at Tiffany's; a dialogue on sex in medicine for medical students at SUNY Downstate; and Man Question. Michael brings over ten years of experience in group leadership, from leading mountain biking trips to training University of Southern Maine students in civic engagement. Michael has worked as a teaching artist and group facilitator in New York City and Assistant Director of the CUNY SPS MA in Applied Theatre, where he earned his master's degree. Michael offers coaching and photography for creative people, at www.michaelcoachandphoto.com.

A. Mert Erdem

Project manager, communications director

Azmi Mert Erdem is a Turkish multidisciplinary artist, interweaving video, photography, performance, painting and installation in his work. He completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Film and Television with honors from Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey. He continued his education in the One Year Filmmaking Program at the New York Film Academy, in New York City. In both Turkey and the United States, Mert has worked as a director, assistant director and cinematographer in several television series, music videos, and feature and short film productions. He has written and directed award winning short films featured in international film festivals. Additionally, Mert has collaborated as a video artist in site-specific performance, video and installation pieces in international platforms.
Mert is the founder of Mise en Abyme Productions, an international video production company for art organizations and companies as well as individual artists. He continues working as a videographer as well as experimenting with various mediums and disciplines in his projects.

Wil fisher

co-founder

Wil Fisher is a facilitator, producer, performer and writer. After graduating with a BFA in theatre from the Hartt School, Wil moved to New York and quickly found his energy pulled towards social rights issues- predominantly those affecting LGBTQ youth. He served as the Northeastern Regional Director of Scouting for All, a national organization working to change the Boy Scout’s discrimination policy against gays and atheists. Later, he became the director of communications and special events for the Ali Forney Center (AFC), the nation’s largest organization dedicated to housing homeless LGBTQ youth. While at AFC, Wil earned his MA in applied theatre from CUNY, and discovered the ways theatre can be used for community building, education, and for addressing social rights issues. Wil is the Executive Director of Easton Mountain, a gay retreat center in upstate New York.