The Masculinity Project

a virtual gallery

This interactive virtual gallery will bring together the work of artists in different media to explore the nuanced social, cultural, and political roles of masculinity, and its complex relationships to the personal narratives of the artists presenting work in the gallery. The process aims to artistically analyze the history of masculinity, evaluate our current performance of it, and provide a roadmap for creating a new dynamic for the way we engage with it. The piece seeks to speak what is too often unspoken around masculine identities and hopes to elicit new and healing conversations as a result.

Project Coordinator

Maurice Palmer (they/them/theirs) is a performer, educator, and producer dedicated to using the arts as a means to inspire community engagement, and provide representation to racially diverse and LGBTQ+ communities. Maurice received their BA in Theatre from the University of Nevada Las Vegas in 2016. While studying there they operated as the president and executive producer of the African American Student Association of Theatre & Film where they produced the works of underrepresented playwrights and created safe spaces for the ethnically diverse population of UNLV. They’ve worked as an actor, director, producer, and teaching artist in the Boston area since 2017, and are currently in transition to Atlanta, Georgia where they will develop their career via television and film. Maurice is delighted to be apart of ATB’s core team and is ready to create and inspire change with the company. https://mauricepalmerd.wixsite.com/maurice

Collaborators

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Micah Rosegrant

Micah Rosegrant (they/them) is a words-worker who sings for their ancestors (blood and otherwise), and embraces rage to center presence, magic, and memory in their work of locally dismantling oppression. They are an Artist in Community Fellow at Arts Connect International; a co-founder of Asian American Theatre Artists of Boston; and a steering committee member of Boston’s API Arts Network. Their writing is published/forthcoming in The Wave, HowlRound Theatre Commons, CONSTRUCT zine, The Margins, and The Gay & Lesbian Review. They craft artwork of healing with communities including BCYF Grove Hall Senior Center, Pao Arts Center, Central Square Theater, American Repertory Theatre, SpeakEasy Stage, and StageSource. bit.ly/micahrosegrant & @micah_pdf on IG/Twitter

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Brie Ramthun

Brie Ramthun (she/her/hers) is delighted to be working with Artists’ Theatre of Boston for the very first time.  Favorite credits include When the Other Desert CitiesIn the Blood, and A Summons from the Tinker to Assemble the Membership in Secret at the Usual Place with A Public Fit Theatre Company. She has a Theatre Arts degree from UNLV and is currently living in New York City.

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Maggie Markham

Maggie Markham (they/them/we), is grateful and pumped to be exploring these concepts and working with these people at this wild and special time. Maggie’s recent performances include Black Flag with Free Soil Arts in the Idris Goodwin Project: Towards an Anti-Racist Tomorrow, as well as Rocky Horror Picture Show in Harvard Square with Moonbox Productions, and OBJECT with Kairos Dance Theatre. Thank you beloved community. Blessings on blessings, y’all!

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Andrew Child

Andrew Child (he/him) is a local director, educator, puppeteer, and designer who has worked with the American Repertory Theatre, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Moonbox Productions, Villa la Pietra, Sparkhaven Theatre, Odyssey Opera, New England Conservatory, Clark University, Emerson College, MIT Shakespeare Ensemble, Massasoit Community College, and the Family Performing Arts Center at Bridgewater State University. Additionally, he has collaborated on multiple projects with translator/ artist Nikta Sabouri, built specific works commissioned by the Charles River Museum of Innovation and Fuller Craft Museum, creates performing arts programming for the South Boston Boys & Girls Club, and writes reviews, interviews, and features for Broadway World Boston. He is thrilled to be working with ATB for the first time! Andrew’s work as part of this collaboration was executed on land that rightfully belongs to the Mashpee-Wampanoag and Massachusett people. Although a mention is only a start, he wants to acknowledge the traditions of art and storytelling that predate his own ancestors’ arrival on this land in hopes of initiating conversations around reparations.

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C. Rose Smith

C. Rose Smith (American, B. 1995 in Memphis, TN) is a photographic artist who studies the social indoctrination and performative aspects of gender, race and class. As an African-American gender non-conforming lesbian, Smith investigates the psychological impact the patriarchy has on a multiplicitous identity.

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Luz Lopez

Luz Lopez (she/her) is a Boston-based theatre, film, and commercial actor, voice over artist, and writer. She studied acting at Yale University where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Some of her recent acting credits include: Maiden Voyage (Fresh Ink Theatre), The Audacity: Women Speak* (Sleeping Weazle), and Policarpa: Apocalypse Sur Amerikka (Artists’ Theater of Boston).  Beyond acting, Luz enjoys baking (Not cooking. Please teach her!), wellness blogs, pop psychology, British comedy shows, British baking shows, art history, any and all museums, and David Tennant’s expressive eyes. You can learn more about Luz at www.luzlopez.com.

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Skylar Swift Kardon

Skylar Kardon (he/him/his) is an illustrator and narrative artist who specializes in contemplative, gay adult media and whimsical, still-gay children’s media. Storytelling is the focus of his artist practice; comics and narrative design are his two biggest passions. As a mixed race, transgender man, diversity in storytelling is highly important to Skylar, and he loves to tell stories about and for underrepresented people that everyone can relate to and enjoy. Skylar is a recent BFA graduate from PNCA, and lives in Los Angeles, California with one cat, one boyfriend, and the consequences of his actions. skylarkswift.com

Call for Artists

Artist’s Theater of Boston is looking for artists working in all media to take part in The Masculinity Project! We invite artists of all genders, ethnoracial identities, and embodiments to apply. Black, Indigenous, and other POC artists are greatly encouraged to apply.

The Masculinity Project is an artistic endeavor aiming to evaluate and redefine what it means to perform masculinity. Artists excited about analyzing and sharing their relationship with masculinity are strong candidates for this project.  Artists will work as a group to analyze the history of masculinity, discuss and critique our current practices, and imagine new ways of being masculine. Group meetings will operate as dramaturgical support and a springboard for each artist to create their own piece of art centered around their personal experience of masculinity.  The project will culminate in a presentation via a virtual gallery. The gallery will open on November 14th, followed by a Zoom Q&A with the artists. 

We want to include as many artistic media as possible to reflect the complexity and broadness of this subject—Visual Artists, Digital Artists, Writers, Theatrical Performers, and Song Writers, etc. All artists will be paid a stipend of $115 for the creation of a piece of art that encompasses their personal evaluation and performance of Masculinity.  All artists will be required to read excerpts and articles and to interact in group discussions. Those able to brainstorm, collaborate, and communicate well with others are best suited for this process. The construction of the virtual gallery is imperative to the project and therefore we will need one Web Designer/Coder. If you have those skillsets please let us know in your initial email. 

Meetings/Workshop sessions will happen once a week for 3 weeks starting the week of October 19th. Group meetings will be 90 minutes long and the meeting day will depend on the availability of the chosen group of artists. One additional meeting (30 – 60min) with Maurice (Director) will be required to design/coordinate the virtual presentation of your piece of art. 

To apply please send a resume or portfolio to mauricepalmer.d@gmail.com and a statement of 100-300 words on why this project appeals to you. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until an artistic cohort is formed. We aim to confirm artists by mid-October.

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