The 2019 New Masculinities Festival
Saturday, October 19, 2019

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New York City's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center.
208 W 13 St
Room 301 -and- the BGSQD


Set One | 4:00pm 


that was then, this is now 

Nilan (performer), Gabriel Stelian-Shanks (writer, director)

Virgo Star
Daniel Diaz (writer, storyteller, performer), Gian Marco Riccardo Lo Forte (writer, director)


troubling expectations 

Classical Violence
Chandler Black (fight choreographer, Son), Claudia H. Stein (choreographer, Mother), Ezra Brain (writer, director)

What Happens to Boys in Chelsea
Ryan F. Casey (writer/performer), C Bain (assistant director)

Paul and Apollo 


Short break                                                                                 

Set Two | 6:30pm 

bodies at work 

Tiger Barb
Nolan Blair (Cherry), Julia Babin (TB), Danny Dyer (director), Jordan Morille (writer) 

Reesa Graham (performer, collaborator), Elissa Levitt (performer, collaborator) Karron Karr (director, collaborator)

See Me || See You
IV Castellanos, Megan C. Barton, Amanda Hunt


pushing for the (im)possible                           

The Wake
Daniel de Jesús (creator, performer)

Kevin Kelly (Accoin/Nacoinc), Evan Silver (Graves and Vergas), Deniz Çam (Rian), Caitlin Brzezinski (Danielle), Liz Oakley (set, prop, puppet designer), Celeste Cahn (writer, director)

Pumping Iron, Pumping Fists!
Lawrence Graham-Brown Theatre Co                                                                   


Mingle and goodbye

Meanwhile, at the Bureau of General Services - Queer Division (room 210):


Interviews with men: a listening station. Remy Ramirez 

Curated books & zines

No tickets are required to browse the listening station or the books & zines.


Our friends at TELL present queer stories of "My Masculinity."
This is a synchronous but separately ticketed event!

Images from the 2018 New Masculinities Festival.  See 2016 and 2017 performance videos on our youtube channel. Here’s 2016 and 2017, too.

Re-Performing Manhood

At the New Masculinities Festival, we examine the impact of expectations of masculinity on people's lives and imagine new possibilities for gender expression. We use the power of theatre, dance, poetry, spoken word, performance art, and dialogue to challenge thinking and transport participants to new worlds and perspectives on performances of manhood.

We seek performances of all kinds that passionately and curiously investigate how expectations of masculinity impact people’s lives, both positively and negatively, overtly and unexpectedly. We seek pieces that have the potential to challenge audience members to experience the world and, in some cases the word masculinity, in a new way.

The festival is open to people of all gender and sexual identities. We strongly encourage proposals from people traditionally underrepresented on stage: People of color, young people, seniors, HIV positive people, disabled people, trans, non-binary, and gender nonconforming people, and lesbian, gay, and bisexual people—come on out!

past New Masculinities Festivals

Our first Festival took place on September 8, 2012 and featured "Saving Seneka," an original play by inmates at Garner Correctional Institution, directed by Keith Johnston, Artistic Director of the American Theatre of Harlem.  The other performers filled the historic Judson Memorial Church's meeting hall with dance, song, theatre, and unbridled giggles.  Friends and family filled Judon's buffet with delicious home-made food.  We ended with thirty minutes of dialog, which centered around the courage to dance.

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