Joan Lipkin will serve as Artist-in-Residence for the American Men’s Studies Association’s Twenty-fourth Annual Men ans Masculinities Conference, March 31-April 3, 2016 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She will offer workshops that aid in telling and developing stories about masculinity of both personal, professional, and collective significance.
Lipkin is a nationally recognized playwright, director, educator and social activist with a focus on community based work, civic dialogue and the human potential movement. In addition to serving as Artistic Director of That Uppity Theatre Company in St. Louis, Missouri, she is a critic and artist in residence at the Trinity/La MaMa Performing Arts Program in New York City.
Much of her recent work has been centered around gender, including teaching workshops and creating performances at Davidson College, Stanford University, The Transgender Spectrum conference, and The Spot, a community center for gay and bisexual men of color. Her honors include a Visionary Award, the 2015 Award for Leadership in Community-Based Theatre and Civic Engagement, James F. Hornback Ethical Humanist of the Year, Diverse Business Leader, Award for Activism and Performance from WTP, Arts Innovator of the Year, Pride ULTRA Award and many others.
At the Conference on the mornings of Friday, April 1st and Saturday, April 2nd, 2016, Lipkin will offer a 3-hour long workshop for conference registrants. The workshops will share techniques, including paired sharing, conversation circles, writing prompts and authentic movement to break down barriers and assist participants in telling and developing stories about masculinity of both personal and collective significance that are essential for health and well-being. Space is limited to 20 individuals per morning workshop, so sign up now through the conference registration portal to reserve your space.
“Beyond the Masks of Masculinity: Performance Art,” conference registrants who have attended workshops with Lipkin will take the stage and perform their artistic creation. The workshop group will share their production which is intended to look beneath socially constructed masks and ask how they benefit or impede our growth and development.