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

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