Feminist Acting Class

Feminist Acting Class is a series of experiments to determine if the form and content of an acting class can both be made feminist. Part art project, part intellectual experiment and part dynamic physical practice, Feminist Acting Class aims to expand the possibilities for women, trans and nonbinary people in theater and beyond. What happens when we take on male roles? Can we perform sexist material in such a way that it becomes feminist? Can we approach our acting practice in ways that resist sexist expectations of female performers? Participants will develop scenes together and explore ways to read against a text, leaving with tools to create change including an expanded knowledge of women playwrights and  a monologue that expands your range and type. Feminist Acting Class has been presented by the Hammer Museum.

“Young challenges the traditional, hierarchical structure of a learning environment, and challenges conventional notions of gender, drawing attention to the oppressive structures in place.” – Daisy Marsden, Bringing Sexy Back

This workshop is open to all levels but assumes some knowledge of theater, actor training and feminism. It is a welcoming space but also a rigorous space, so please come with an adventurous spirit and be open to physical and vocal work, trying new things and participating fully. Please wear comfortable clothes you can move in and bring water or snacks if needed.

If you have any other questions, please email gina@ginayoung.com

Gina Young studied drama at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute. She is a winner of the Jane Chambers Award for Playwriting and is a member of The Dramatists Guild.

*All members get 20% off paid programming. A limited number of free spots are also available for Warrior & Goddess level members. Email info@wccw.us to inquire about free tickets.

Our program costs go directly towards compensation of the instructors and staffers who work the event. We want to make programming as accessible as possible to anyone who is interested, however, so we offer volunteer opportunities in exchange for membership, as well as free community tickets to each program (number varies depending on capacity of the class). Email info@wccw.us for more info or to find out more about these opportunities for a specific event.