Clowning for Bystander Success!
Ever witness something harassing in the wild (world) and want to help, but don’t know how?
We believe clowning techniques can help!
In this workshop, we will cover bystander intervention best practices, and collectively practice clown tools that can help us become excellent bystanders.
Ania Upstill is a performer, creator, educator and clown. They identify as queer and genderqueer, are passionate about queer representation and center their theatrical practice around LGBTQIA+ characters and stories, utilising clown, drag, physical theater and music. Ania graduated in 2018 from Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theater, and before that spent six years in New Zealand working as a director, performer and producer. They are currently training at the Circus Warehouse in LIC, NY in Partner Acrobatics and Chinese Pole.
Emma Kaywin (she/they) is a sexual health educator, consultant, writer, and activist based in Brooklyn, NY. She consults for a number of nightlife communities and radical arts organizations across the East Coast, where they develops trauma-informed policies and procedures and trains staff. She further delivers tailored workshops and trainings on topics of consent, trauma, and sexuality to party collectives and young scientist groups internationally. Emma received a Master’s of Arts in health education from Teachers College, Columbia University and holds a Certificate in Conflict Resolution from the Teachers College Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution. They is currently working towards a doctorate in health education (EdD) at Teachers College, where she is researching what supports queer and gender-diverse individuals in feeling sexually safer in nightlife spaces.
This workshop was created in collaboration with Omari Soulfinger, who is too busy and fabulous to co-teach this first round but will be hopping in for future events!