Leah James and Mars Hobrecker are transgender artists who use performance to explore the concepts of family and radical marriage. They incorporate ritual and healing into their works, which take instruments that have historically been used by institutions to dissect and quantify to instead create bonds that will bring queer bodies closer together, and test the limits of the physical form. They are currently learning how to inhabit their bodies and earning their BFAs at the School of Visual Arts.
Leah James II is a photographic, video, and performance artist based in New York City.Â Her work is primarily focused on the importance of representation, as well as the deconstructionÂ and disillusionment of societal concepts. Her still works function as a type of mark making whichÂ often refer back to and attempt to rewrite history. Meanwhile her video and performance work,Â like puzzle pieces, fill in the blanks to speak about the contemporary complexities of herÂ experiences and identity as a trans woman.
RUDY RAMIREZ is a director, writer and performer living in Austin, Texas. He is Associate Artistic Director of The VORTEX Repertory Company and has directed for the Austin Bike Zoo, Sky Candy Aerial Theatre, Shrewd Productions and The University of Texas at Austin. As of about noon on Tuesday, Oct 28th he became a paid New York theatre director after receiving $5 from the Lark. He has written two full length autobiographical performances–Promised Land: A Radical Queer Revival and Footnotes for People Who Don’t Speak Spanish–and has created two devised pieces on topics ranging from queerness and Greek mythology (Sing Muse) to astrophysics and pasta (Cosmicomics).Â He is about to begin work on his third devised show, Emma When You Need Her, which will connect the life of anarchist and feminist revolutionary Emma Goldman to the work of activists today.
Alejandro RodrÃguez AKA Lady Quesaâ€™Dilla Â — Alejandro is a native Tejan@ from the El Paso and Ciudad JuÃ¡rez border. Their work is at the intersection of cultural identity, drag, and community. â€œThe Brown Queen,â€ an autobiographical solo performance about growing up queer in the southwest, premiered at HERE Arts Center in the spring of 2010. Most recent solo performances include â€œMy Tia Lupeâ€ and â€œThe Faggot in the Pink Houseâ€. Alejandro has performed in New York City, El Paso, Texas, Chiapas, Mexico, and Montreal, Canada. Alejandro is a member of The Â House of Bushwig, as Lady Quesaâ€™Dilla, duties include Volunteer Coordinator for the annual Bushwig Festival. Lady Quesaâ€™Dilla is the reigning Miss Coney Island Queen of Drag.
Alejandro can also be found as an Information and Referral Specialist at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center in Manhattan; and as a Teaching Artist in The Bronx and Brooklyn. Alejandro holds a BA in Theater from Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts, and a MA in Performance Studies from Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, and is an alum of The Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics.