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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Guerrilla Girls On Tour! 2012 Spring Internships

Guerrilla Girls On Tour! is the only touring theatre company in the United States that creates performances that take a hilarious look at the current state of women in the arts and beyond. Using skits, sketch and improvisation, Guerrilla Girls On Tour! turns sexism, pay equity, body image, the beauty industry and even the dreaded “F” word (feminism) into theatre that both men and women find fearless and funny. Guerrilla Girls On Tour! advocates on behalf of women and artists of color in the performing arts. We create posters, street theatre actions, speak outs and networking events to create gender parity in the performing art world. Guerrilla Girls On Tour! maintains an annual GirlCott and Good News lists highlighting the current state of women in theatre and beyond. www.ggontour.com

Guerrilla Girls On Tour! is seeking interns for 8 to 12 weeks in the following two areas:

1) General assistance with our rally and speak out tentatively called “Occupy Broadway” scheduled for June of 2012. Duties will include attending all planning meetings and keeping notes, contacting theatre companies for sponsorships, assistance organizing schedule, general correspondence, contacting press and help writing press releases. DATES: March 15 to June 15

2) General office assistance specifically with our mailing list, press kit materials and book proposals. DATES: Feb 15 to April 15

As an anonymous group of activists, Guerrilla Girls On Tour! are all self-starters and volunteers and Internships with GGOT are not paid. However, interns will have access to GGOT and can expect to attend GGOT meetings, actions and participate in our how our organization functions, addresses sexism and creates art. We will work with interns to help them specifically achieve their goals within the scope of their GGOT work.

Interns should be willing to work a flexible schedule of 10 to 15 hours per week. Internship #1 must reside in the New York City area for the duration of the internship and must have access to a computer and Internet. Internship #2 can reside anywhere but must have access to a computer and Internet.

NOTE: Guerrilla Girls On Tour! does not maintain a NYC office. Interns will meet with members of Guerrilla Girls On Tour! on a weekly or bi-weekly basis at various locations in Manhattan. We are looking for candidates who are self-starters and are comfortable working on their own for part of the internship.

College level students who have completed their freshman year who have an interest in activism, art, theatre, marketing, public relations or social media should send a resume and cover letter of interest to

Aphra Behn at interns@guerrillagirlsontour.com

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Sunday, November 27, 2011

More Rollins College Diaries





It’s been nearly 2 weeks since I returned to the Guerrilla Girls on Tour headquarters from Rollins College… and I have finally recovered from the high of feminism-gone-wild, otherwise known as the Veteran Feminists of America celebration. I’ll spoil the ending by saying that our last night there, the night of our performance, we opened our dressing room door and there stood Gloria Steinem – larger than life and by that time a familiar presence to us, Ms. Steinem floated into the room and apologized for interrupting our warm-up – she needed as place to wait for her ride to the airport. At every meeting Gloria – as she insisted everyone call her - was incredibly gracious, engaged, and well, down right awesome. We all flew high during the show - truly a performance of a life-time, blessed by the goddess herself.

Now back to the beginning. We left New York on a warm late-October morning and landed in Orlando FL amongst a sea of families headed to Disney World. After a short drive to Winter Park, we met up with Gail, of the Winter Park Institute, and settled into our home-away-from-home, a condo tucked away on a ‘quiet’ street, right next to the train tracks - more on that in a bit.


It had been a while since I was in the south and the Spanish moss and technicolor palms calmed my senses immediately. We had a fun and energetic theater workshop with the students our third day there. They were open and ready to try anything - movement, vocalizing, games, and tons of improvisation followed. Then, on to a poster-making workshop the following day - talk about a group that needed nearly no guidance. They gathered, shared ideas, broke into groups, and collaborated through 3, sometimes 4, drafts of their ideas, refining their message into ready-to-go campaigns.


We participated in a panel discussion on sexual violence and gender equality the next evening of our residency. This was interesting and highlighted several things. First, the need to have a more clearly defined topic - sexual violence and equity were perhaps too broad. Second, know your audience. I have seen this a lot - a women’s center brings in speakers who are prepared to talk to students but the audience is full of advocates looking for more information. And so the group feels talked down to but people don’t really know how to say ‘OK - let’s get to the level 2 or 3 version of this talk.’ Third, a major sticking point in ‘rape education’ still seemed to be the presumed ‘yes’ and so girls need (apparently) to learn to use the ‘hard no’. Which, while frustrating is also a policy issue, as some campuses have rules that promote consensual - must hear a ‘yes’ - sex and this campus has no such policy.


Finally we are back to the show - and what a show it was! Nearly 30 minutes longer than usual because so many people were happily sharing, participating, chanting with us, hugging us, and willing to share their own stories, up-coming events, experiences, hot flashes :), and voices. Whew! Thanks Rollins for a memorable trip...I'm signing off for now...

xxx,

Eva Le Gallienne