Guerrilla Girl, Author, Activist
DONNA KAZ aka Guerrilla Girl Aphra Behn, is a multi-genre writer, speaker and the author of UN/MASKED, Memoirs of a Guerrilla Girl On Tour. Along with her alter ego, Guerrilla Girl and Guerrilla Girl On Tour, Aphra Behn, she creates visual art and performances to attack sexism and prove feminists are funny at the same time. Find out more about this Guerrilla Girl, Author, Activist at ggontour.com @donnakaz!
GUERRILLA GIRL, AUTHOR, ACTIVIST
Donna Kaz has a new book:
Inspiring, insightful, hilarious and fun – PUSH/PUSHBACK challenged the audience to think about how misogyny and sexism infiltrate the arts and left us with ideas about how we can use activism and art to change the world. – Missoula Art Museum
“I just learned how to better be an activist,” junior graphic design major Harland Reid said. Aphra Behn had a ton of depth and levity to her story.” – Bradley University Scout
All of us have creative DNA pulsing through our bloodstreams. We are pissed off and searching for a way to change the world. PUSH/PUSHBACK is an insiders look at what went behind the posters, protests, fax blitzes, speak outs and street theatre actions that I, as a member of the Guerrilla Girls and Guerrilla Girls On Tour, used to attack and expose sexism and racism in the theatre world and beyond. It uses my personal stories from the front line of activism to formulate a step by step guide to the art of collaboration: how to huddle up, gather evidence, tap into your your own expertise to generate ideas, use humor, be intersectional, fund projects, ensure response and guarantee momentum. It shows how personal storytelling can weave together the fabric of a movement designed to effect change.
RECENT: 5 STAR REVIEW of UN/MASKED, Memoirs of a Guerrilla Girl On Tour in BUST March/April 2017 Guerrilla Girl, Author, Activist.
As an aspiring playwright and actress arriving in N.Y.C. with stars in her eyes, Donna Kaz immediately experienced the industry sexism keeping women’s stories and meaningful roles off the stage. While working as a waitress, she met Bill Hurt, a successful stage and film actor. They began a seemingly fairytale romance, but it soon turned abusive. At this point, the memoir shifts to its real focus – Kaz’s involvement with the Guerrilla Girls, an anonymous, renegade feminist group that formed to protest sexism in the arts in 1985.
The tale of Kaz’s life as a feminist activist becomes interwoven with her tale of being in an abusive long-term relationship – her political enlightenment happens as she opens her eyes to the realities of her damaging home life. Her story is a compelling page-turner, packed with inspiring stories about the Guerrilla Girls’ plans and protests. But it’s also an inside look at a woman who allows herself to be trapped in a violent partnership. Kaz’s journey to find herself, both as an artist and as a woman, is an inspiring and enthralling one that also gives necessary credit and attention to the Guerrilla Girls. – Adrienne Urbanski
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PUSH/PUSHBACK, 9 Steps to Make a Difference with Activism and Art (because the world’s gone bananas) the eBook is HERE!
August – December 2019 I will be an artist in residence and on the faculty of Concordia College in Moorhead, MN.
January – Southampton Creative Nonfiction Writers Conference in Southampton, NY.
March – Advanced Manuscript Boot Camp Writers Conference. Southampton, NY. Get your book ready for publication.
March – Tate Modern, London. Join me and other Guerrilla Girls for a panel on “What is there left for the Guerrilla Girls to tackle?”
April – Tour Stops to Japan and Australia
May – World Premiere of a new movement based theatre piece, NYC.
In the summer of 2017 I was interviewed on KOBRA TV, Sweden about how the Guerrilla Girls began to attack the theatre world in 1997 and why I unmasked.