post-title The theater of gender play | Jo Michael Rezes | TEDxTufts

The theater of gender play | Jo Michael Rezes | TEDxTufts

The theater of gender play | Jo Michael Rezes | TEDxTufts
Motivation and Coaching

The theater of gender play | Jo Michael Rezes | TEDxTufts

Does watching someone fall apart on stage give you secondhand embarrassment? Do you think you have stage fright? Are you nervous to to perform your gender on a daily basis? “Gender Rehearsativity” discusses the expansive, freeing, and experimental ways that playing with gender in theatrical rehearsal and acting classrooms can be applied to our everyday lives. Pulling from their own experiences as a nonbinary theatre educator, professional actor, and director, Rezes even riffs on the TEDxTalk form with a new take on a classic half-and-half performance style. Jo (they/them/theirs) is a second year M.A./Ph.D.
student in Theatre and Performance Studies at Tufts
University currently writing an auto-ethnographic
thesis which explores queer time ruptures and the
disintegration of bodies in Camp performance spaces.
Since beginning their career as a theatremaker at Vassar
College, Jo has worked to disrupt the gender binary on
and off the stage as an actor, director, and educator in
the Greater Boston Area. Most recently, they’ve had the
irreverent joys of playing Dr. Frank N. Furter in Entropy Theatre Company’s New England Tour of The Rocky
Horror Show, assistant directing The Nora Theatre Company’s Cloud 9, teaching workshops on gender-bending at Somerville Arts for Youth, and instructing Introduction to Acting in the Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies at Tufts. Jo cannot
wait to play with gender at TEDxTufts! Learn more: This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

About Juan Rodulfo

Defined by Nature: Planet Earth Habitant, Human, Son of Eladio Rodulfo & Briceida Moya, Brother of Gabriela, Gustavo & Katiuska, Father of Gabriel & Sofia; Defined by the Society: Venezuelan Citizen (Human Rights Limited by default), Friend of many, Enemy of few, Neighbor, Student/Teacher/Student, Worker/Supervisor/Manager/Leader/Worker, Husband of Katty/ Ex-Husband of K/Husband of Yohana; Defined by the US Immigration System: Legal Alien; Defined by the Gig Economy: Independent Contractor Form 1099; Studies in classroom: Master Degree in Human Resources Management, English, Chinese Mandarin; Studies at the real world: Human Behavior; Studies at home: Webmaster SEO, Graphic Web Apps Design, Internet & Social Media Marketing, Video Production, You Tube Branding, Trading, Import-Exports, Affiliate Marketing, Cooking, Laundry, Home Cleaning; Work experience: Public-Private-Entrepreneur Sectors; Other Definitions: Bitcoin Evangelist, Human Rights Peace and Love Advocate. Author of: Why Maslow: How to use his theory to stay in Power Forever (EN/SP); Asylum Seekers (EN/SP); Manual for Gorillas: 9 Rules to be the “Fer-pect” Dictator (EN/SP); Why you must Play the Lottery (EN/SP); Para Español Oprima #2: Speaking Spanish in Times of Xenophobia (EN/SP). Social Media profiles: Twitter/FB/Instagram/VK/Linkedin/Sina Weibo: @rodulfox
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