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Meet the Facilitators
... for the Feminist Acting Class Summer Camp Intensive 2023 ...
GINA YOUNG (she/they) is an award-winning writer, director, and curator whose primary interest is queering content and form. Devoted to elevating the stories of queer and trans people across all media, they have been creating queer plays, musicals, and experimental short films and music videos for two decades now. Gina founded Feminist Acting Class in 2016 as a radical experiment in eliminating bias in actor training, and the class has since been presented everywhere from the Hammer Museum to the Association for Theatre in Higher Education Conference. They are also the founder of SORORITY, a platform for new short work by women, trans, nonbinary, and queer performing artists, which will be presented by the MOCA in July 2023. Gina is a winner of the Jane Chambers Award for Playwriting, a two-time finalist for Center Theatre Group’s Sherwood Award for boundary-pushing theatre artists, and a winner of the Humanitas/PLAY LA Prize.
CHELS MORGAN (they/them and xe/xem) is an Afro-Latinx, Autistic, pansexual, polyamorous and non-binary writer, filmmaker, sexuality and social justice educator and intimacy coordinator focused on curating justice-centered, emboldening spaces guided by the intersectional, disability justice and transformative justice frameworks developed by the Black women and Black trans scholars that have come before them. They practice trauma responsive, inclusive sex, kink and identity education, mental health advocacy, intimacy direction for theater and intimacy coordination for film and television, with emphasis on cultural competency, scenes of BDSM and Kink, LGBTQ+ populations, Non-monogamy and scenes of non-consent.
HOWL SPACE With over 20 years of experience working, performing and creating with the voice, sound artists and vocal experimenters Carmina Escobar and Micaela Tobin have united their unique praxises to create Howl Space, a laboratory for the voice. Howl Space serves as a boundless and focused space for exploring, expressing, and connecting the relational, artistic, musical, and medicinal possibilities of the voice and vocal traditions. This space was created for anyone interested in expanding the possibilities of their expressive voice. All ranges of experience, creative goals, artistic practices and styles are welcome.
Allison M Keating trained in experimental acting techniques and at the California Institute of the Arts and New York University, specializing in devised experimental theater and exploratory practices.
NOGA WIND (they/she) is an actor, writer, director, drag king, and queer activist. They are the co-founder and CEO of Queer UP, the first all-inclusive queer management agency in Hollywood. Originally from Jerusalem, and a CalArts graduate, their activism is at the forefront of their artistic practice and professional life. Previous acting credits include Dave (FX/Hulu), The Flight Attendant (HBO), over a dozen commercials, voice-over work and theater. Additionally, Noga toured their original solo show Red and Boiling at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, REDCAT, Highways LA, Limmud Festival and multiple universities. With over a decade of experience as a queer activist with organizations and nonprofits, Noga's expertise is helping LGBTQIA+ artists maximize their professional opportunities without compromising their identity or values. "Queer UP and change the world."
KIMBERLEA KRESSAL (she/her) comes to television following a twenty-year career in New York as a playwright and theatre director. Now an LA-based TV writer, she sold her semi-autobiographical queer dramedy to UCP, and has developed numerous projects with Gavin Polone/Pariah, MGM-Orion, ABC/Signature and others. A queer activist and artist, Kimberlea has twice been named one of Go Magazine’s “100 Women We Love.” She is the Founder/Producer of Tisch Represents, a community of NYU Tisch School of the Arts alumni elevating underrepresented voices in television and film. Kim received her BFA in Drama from NYU Tisch School of the Arts.
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