Donna Kaz - a leading feminist voice in the nation on how to combine activism and art.
For the past 20 years I have spoken at conferences, universities and festivals, addressing advocates on trauma transformation, social change via art, grassroots activism and the feminist art movement. I have written for and been featured by media outlets including Ms. Magazine, Bitch Media, Bust, Mother Jones, NPR, Alternet, Role Reboot, Women in Hollywood. Kaz is the recipient of the Venus Theatre Lifetime Achievement Award, Yoko Ono Courage Award for the Arts and the Skowhegan Medal.
CURRENT KEYNOTE SPEECHES
PUSH/PUSHBACK – 9 Steps to make a difference with art and activism because the world has gone bananas.
In 1997 I became a member of the Guerrilla Girls; activist/feminists whose mission was to shed light on discrimination in the arts. As a theatre artist I spearheaded the Guerrilla Girl campaign to address sexism in the theatre world and in 2001 formed Guerrilla Girls On Tour, a touring theatre company which created visual works, performances and street theatre actions that focused on promoting gender parity in the arts and other issues effecting women and artists of color. On November 1, 2016, I published a memoir about my life as the Guerrilla Girl Aphra Behn entitled, UN/MASKED, Memoirs of a Guerrilla Girl On Tour. As I toured the country reading from the book someone always asked me this: What can I do? How can I effect change? Even though I had shared some of the tactics of the Guerrilla Girls in my memoir I quickly came to the conclusion that another, more detailed guide, was needed to help people deal with the craziness of the twenty-first century. People are angry, scared, sad and feel helpless. The problems of the world appear to be untenable. There is so much that needs changing, how can one person tackle it all? PUSH/PUSHBACK is a forty-five minute motivational speech detailing how one person can push against the status quo. Inspired by my twenty years on the front line of feminist activism it is a humorous and enlightening journey toward becoming an effective artist and activist.
Survivors Stories in the #MeToo World – How to Harnass the Power of Truth.
Survivors of violence, whose stories had been met with everything from hushed skepticism to bald-faced doubt just a short time ago, are now being listened to and believed. How can the power of these voices rising be captured to raise awareness and find solutions to eliminating violence in our world? Survivor turned activist, Donna Kaz, discusses in detail how to support survivors who are ready to speak power to their personal truth via memoir, visual work, public speaking and community collaborations with local art organizations. SURVIVORS STORIES in the #MeToo WORLD is a forty-five minute motivational speech on the use of writing, drawing, theatre and storytelling to thread survivors stories into the fabric of the movement to end violence against women.
FOR Rates and Dates: Email: Donna Kaz
PAST SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS:
2017 Northern Arizona University, AZ Cal Poly Pomona, CA NY Society Library, NY Venus Theatre, MD Peace Over Violence, CA Hugo House, WA Decatur Book Festival, GA Baltimore Book Festival, MD Montana Book Festival, MT William Paterson University, NJ Devil’s Kitchen Liteary Festival, IL Marist College, NY Eileen Fisher, Madison Avenue, NY 2016 Reed College, OR Seton Hall College, NJ Monmouth College, NJ North Seattle College, WA