Staging Social Justice by Norma Bowles (Editor); Daniel-Raymond Nadon (Editor); Carly Halse; Megan Hanley; Cristina PippaFringe Benefits, an award-winning theatre company, collaborates with schools and communities to create plays that promote constructive dialogue about diversity and discrimination issues."Staging Social Justice" is a groundbreaking collection of essays about Fringe Benefits script-devising methodology and their collaborations in the United States, Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom. The anthology also vividly describes the transformative impact of these creative initiatives on participants and audiences. By reflecting on their experiences working on these projects, the contributing writers artists, activists and scholars provide the readerwith tools and inspiration to create their own theatre for social change. Contributors to this big-hearted collection share Fringe Benefits play devising process, and a compelling array of methods for measuring impact, approaches to aesthetics (with humor high on the list), coalition and community building, reflections on safe space, and acknowledgement of the diverse roles needed to apply theatre to social justice goals. The book beautifully bears witness to both how generative Fringe Benefits collaborations have been for participants and to the potential of engaged art in multidisciplinary ecosystems more broadly. Jan Cohen-Cruz, editor of "Public: A Journal of Imagining America" "
The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) movement is at a remarkable crossroads. The goal of securing legal equality is within sight, yet significant gaps and challenges remain. This talk addresses both the advances and challenges facing the LGBT movement. What is the difference between advancing legal equality and winning lived equality?
produced by Bill Kurtis, 1940-, in Investigative Reports (New York, NY: A&E Television Networks, 1998), 46 mins
Investigative Reports goes beyond ignorance and stereotypes for an intimate portrayal of the people who choose to change their sexuality. Among the unexpected, ferociously articulate characters we meet are a female-to-male transsexual who works for the Tampa sheriff's office, a male-to-female electrical designer who has hosted an MIT radio show called Gendertalk, and a Southern good-old-boy who we follow through his surgical transformation. The Transgender Revolution also examines the fast-growing movement to combat gender oppression, highlighting the nation's most notorious transsexual killings and a Congressional battle over including transsexuals in the Hate Crimes Act.