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Building Sustainable Masculinity: Decolonizing Edition

Building Sustainable Masculinity:
Decolonizing Edition

Monday, October 8 (Columbus Day)
X Marks the Loft
405 Johnson Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11206
Workshop fee: $25

Shake up Columbus Day in this special workshop in collaboration with Choose Love Now!

We’ll use our signature playful, physical Man Question approach to unpacking masculinity. But we’ll put a special emphasis on the impacts of white masculinities in particular: what parts of our lives and ourselves have been pushed into corners by the likes of C. Columbus and his ghosts? We’ll call on the work of W.E.B. Du Bois, Sherman Alexie, Ngugi Wa Thiong'o, Edward Said, Richard Dyer, and Frantz Fanon to help bear witness and reclaim some ground.

People of all genders welcome.

Also, this is the second installment in collaboration with Choose Love Now, after a fantastic workshop in August. We were deeply moved by the courage, curiosity, playfulness, and purpose people brought into that session. We’re looking forward to turning it up even more this October.

Facilitated by Michael Wilson and Steven Gordon.

The New Masculinities Workshop

The New Masculinities Workshop
Wednesday, October 24
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center
208 W 13 Street
New York, New York 10011
Free with Fest ticket; $20 at the door

Come to the first EVER(!) Post-New Masculinities Festival Workshop! Through activities and dialogue, we will dive deeper into the provocative subject matter introduced at the festival that includes: toxic masculinity, definitions of what it means to be a man, gender roles, and more! Tickets are FREE for festival attendees, or $20 for folks who couldn't make it to the fest but want to join the conversation (RSVP here then pay at the door). 

People of all genders welcome.

Facilitated by Wil Fisher, Michael Wilson, and Steven Gordon.

The New Masculinities Festival itself is on October 20th. Follow the link to learn more and get your tickets.


 What to Expect from a Man Question Workshop

In our workshops, we invite you to peek up the skirt of masculinity.  That can be a bit awkward.  With this in mind, we start the workshop by releasing the butterflies--the hopes and fears--that everyone feels about the question.  We then connect around power, which is a major axis of masculinity, using tools from artist and activist Augusto Boal's Theatre of the Oppressed.

What comes next depends on the unique group in which we are working. At Roanoke College, we led a public presentation, visited classes and student groups, and ended with a community celebration. With a group of men that came together to meet in Brooklyn, we focused on debates about how masculinity came to be and challenges in expressing emotions and finding closeness.  With a group of incarcerated men at a maximum security prison in Connecticut, we focused on similar questions but with more intense focus on power, and we also supported the group in developing seeds of scenes that they are now crafting into an original piece of theatre.  As we work, we alternate between action and discussion, spiraling towards an essential question and project that will unite and culminate the group's work.

photography by Hannah Mello

photography by Hannah Mello

Designed in dialogue

Together we design custom-tailored workshops for your organization.

In past workshops and residencies, we have addressed:

  • Sexual assault, #metoo and masculinity

  • Love and intimacy

  • Freedom of expression in the arts

  • Manhood historically expressed in literature and its implications

  • Meanings of manhood in gay men’s communities

  • Undoing gender binaries: fluid and trans explorations of masculinity

  • Feminist me? Men’s roles in achieving gender equity

  • Addressing internal and external homophobia.

  • Exclusivity in different men’s groups (sports teams, Greek life, etc.)

  • Incarceration and masculinity: racism and the school-to-prison pipeline

  • Masculinity and the Black Lives Matter movement

Some workshops culminate with deep dialogue. Longer workshops may culminate in performance, to sharpen and articulate the discoveries and questions arising in the workshop. Some examples of theatrical culminations include:

  • A ritual we perform together to close the workshop

  • A piece in a community variety show

  • A piece shared as a part of a broader community dialogue—for example, in 2014 we presented a piece in an evening about sexual violence for activists, artists, and care providers in Brooklyn.

  • A piece performed at the New Masculinities Festival

photography by Hannah Mello

photography by Hannah Mello

For booking and inquiries


Selected Past Projects


Roanoke College Residency | April 2018
All-campus evening presentation on the history and impact of the expectations of mainstream masculinity; visits with the lacrosse team, fraternity brothers, and the LGBTQ+ support group; five class visits; and the fabulous return of the Roanoke College Drag Ball.

Masculinity and #Metoo | April 2018
Public workshop in NYC for people of all genders, exploring the #metoo movement, masculinity, and the revolutionary potential of the moment. Covered by The Guardian.

American Men's Studies Association Annual Conference Artist in Residence Project | March 2016
Collaborated with AMSA Artist-in-Residence Joan Lipkin to create an original play with conference participants.

Re:Gender Gala | March 2015
Spoke to invite men's participation in research and organizing for equity.

Garner Correctional Institution | October 2011 to present
Facilitate theater-based workshops for a group of inmates at a maximum security men’s prison in CT.

The New Masculinities Festival  | June 2012 - Present
Our annual performance festival, produced at various venues in NYC (most recently at the LGBT Center for the past two years), inviting multidisciplinary artists to explore the impacts of the expectations of masculinity. Click here to learn more about the fest.

photo: Gregory Rosenthal

photo: Gregory Rosenthal

Easton Mountain | December 2012 to May 2017
Facilitated personal growth focused workshops at various retreats hosted at this LGBTQ retreat center in Upstate NY.

Rowan University | February 2013
Presented about past work and facilitated a workshop for students in a gender studies class.

Eastside Institute | June 2012
Session for human development professionals.