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Larry Bogad Introduced as Founding Director

The Center for Artistic Activism is proud to introduce Larry Bogad as the Founding Director of its new West Coast branch. Based in Berkeley, CAA/West Coast will expand the work of the Center, contributing its own unique focus on performance and playful theatrics for social movement organizing.

An activist, author and performer, Bogad is a 20-year veteran of guerrilla theatre and performance art and has collaborated with some of the field’s most respected artists and activists. Currently a theatre professor at the University of California at Davis, he has worked extensively with other US universities and leads Tactical Performance workshops with activists involved in revolutionary projects, most recently in Cairo, Reykjavik, and Buenos Aires. A successful playwright, Bogad also writes widely for activist and academic journals, produced the documentary Radical Ridicule: Serious Play and the Republican National Convention, and is the author of the book, Electoral Guerrilla Theatre: Radical Ridicule and Social Movements. All his work has generated critical popular and academic discourse on the political potential of playful theatrics.

Bogad has participated in CAA projects for a number of years, beginning with the College of Tactical Culture in 2009 and, most recently, the School for Creative Activism in 2011. With global activism in an upswing, CAA co-directors Stephen Duncombe and Steve Lambert decided the moment was ripe for a more formal collaboration with Bogad. “We’ve been working together for years on projects, and we’ve long admired his ability to make activism artistic,” says Lambert. “By working together we can extend the Center’s reach while deepening its creative skill-set,” adds Duncombe. Bogad agrees: “Lambert, Duncombe and I have worked together as militant clowns, professional wrestlers, faux newspaper publishers, and on many other artistic activist projects so why not join forces for the purposes of synthesizing some of our techniques and training methods?”