Between & Beyond Gender

Drag Performance: Between & Beyond Gender (In Person)

@BAX With Kelindah Schuster AKA Theydy Bedbug

Mondays from 6:30-8:30pm
Ages 18+
November 7th, 2022 to January 23, 2023,
No class on 12/26, 1/2, 1/16. Rehearsals and Tech on 1/18, 1/26, 1/27, Show on 1/27

Applications due October 13

This class focuses on developing drag characters that expand what it means to be a drag queen, king, thing, in between or beyond what we’ve seen. Through group games, writing prompts and discussion, solo and collaborative movement exercises, we give ourselves permission to express the full range of who we are and can be while releasing narratives about how we “should” move, express, or dress based on gender norms we’ve inherited. We experiment with the tools of pantomime, clowning, lip sync, caricature, structured improv and intuitive movement to build towards in-process drag performance acts. While this class is focused primarily on performance skills, we touch upon what goes into making a drag act including: makeup, costumes, creating a musical track, movement choreography and technical production choices.

*All in person events will follow up-to-date City and CDC covid-safety recommendations.

Kelindah Schuster (they/them) is a nonbinary educator and drag performance artist known as “Theydy Bedbug” who grew up in Singapore and Indonesia. They studied Drama and Gender studies at Vassar College and have been teaching, technical directing, and creating art at BAX since 2015. As their performance persona, they have performed and produced in venues such as Pioneer Works, Gibney Dance, Dixon Place, Triskelion Arts, Coney Island USA, The Stonewall Inn, UCB, Chelsea Music Hall, The Tank, BAM, VICE Headquarters, Columbia University, National Sawdust, and The Knockdown Center. They are the current reigning Mx. Brooklyn and since the pandemic have been co-producing a monthly online drag show which raises funds for a range of Black trans centered grassroots orgs and artists. Their teaching makes space for problem-solving societal dilemmas, imagining new possibilities, and expressing differences with joyful authenticity. They believe that access to spaces of genderful play in performance and creation is a step toward collective liberation. www.kelindahbee.art/radical-educator.

Guest Teachers:

Untitled Queen is a Filipinx and Boriquén artist, drag queen, writer, decolonizer, and community organizer based on the stolen land of the LenapeHoking, (so-called Brooklyn, NY). Through the interplay of drag, sculpture, drawing, and installation, she tells deeply emotional stories on a continuum in a constant flux of construction and deconstruction. In 2020, She presented Untitled (World), the first global LGBTQIA+ digital drag show, with 47 drag artists each representing 1 country, and benefitting 3 HIV/AIDS organizations in honor of World AIDS Day. She has been a fellow at the EFA Project Space Gallery Shift Residency and Urban Glass Residency in NY.

The Cake Boys are a network and platform for live, digital, and hybrid events to showcase Drag Kings and alternative queer & trans performers.
The Cake Boys serve a unique and growing community within the NYC Drag scene and beyond, elevating underrepresented talent and introducing new audiences to varieties of drag not yet seen on television. The Cake Boys performer network includes over 100 artists and growing, with open set opportunities for new performers every month.
At the helm of our productions both on stage and behind the scenes are Muscles Monty, Richard, Senerio, and Sweaty Eddie.

Junior Mintt Drag preachercultural icon and professional businesswoman.

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Common Questions

Q: What is the cost?

A: At cost: $300 for 10 week class

If you are able to pay slightly higher than the at cost fee, you will enable someone else to take the class who may otherwise not be able to.
If you need a reduced fee, you will have the opportunity to request financial aid in the application.

Q: Will we be learning drag makeup skills?

A: This class is focused on drag performance, developing a character, and producing a 3-5 minute act. We will touch on makeup and costume as it relates to character expression but we will not delve in-depth into makeup techniques beyond general recommendations.

Q: What are some of the access considerations?

A: Show: The workshops will take place at the BAX building which is currently not ADA accessible. Any artist who would like to participate in the class but for whom the inaccessibility of the building is prohibitive will be prioritized for registration for the next zoom cycle in Spring 2023 (dates TBD). 
 
Class: The show will take place at the BAX building which is currently not ADA accessible.The show will be livestreamed for remote access. Please reach out to artistprograms@bax.org if you would like to discuss access considerations.

Q: What are the COVID considerations of the in-person rehearsal period and show?

A: Class: Applicants are required to submit proof of vaccination upon application. As of now, participants will remain masked for the majority of the class. When individuals are performing lip syncs or in-progress performances, they will have the opportunity to unmask while the rest of the class remains masked. We will have air filters, fans and windows cracked to increase air circulation. 
 
Show: As of now, the audience will show proof of vaccination and remain masked during the show. The show will be livestreamed for remote access. Performers who will be unmasked while performing will be asked to show proof of vaccination and submit a negative test.

Q: I have no experience in drag! Is this class for me?

A: This class is for anyone looking to experiment with drag as a form of creative expression amongst a supportive class community. Some people who take this class have drag experience and use this space to craft a new act or learn more about their character. Others are dipping their toes in for the first time!

Q: Why is there an application?

The purpose of this informal application is to gather information about potential participants in order to select a balanced cohort of no more than 15 participants. 

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations more than 2 weeks in advance of the class will be accepted and refunds/credits can be issued. 

Cancellations with less than 3 days notice may not be eligible for refunds.

Questions? Email info@bax.org

New York City’s Key to NYC and its masking and vaccination requirements have officially been lifted as of March 7, 2022.  However, due to the intergenerational nature of our space, BAX is choosing to keep our vaccination requirements for all eligible individuals (6 months and older) in place until specified otherwise.  

Read more about BAX’s Covid Policy Here