The Lab

The Lab is a nonprofit experimental art and performance space located in the Mission District of San Francisco.

Dynasty Handbag: Writing for a Performance Persona Workshop

1-4pm Workshop
$40 Guests / $30 Members
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During the Writing for a Performance Persona workshop we will explore various exercises designed to help you access deep crevasses of your personal experience that can become the driving desire behind a performance persona. The goal is not to leave the workshop with a developed piece of work, but rather to learn some new ways of accessing material within yourself. Writers, performers, dancers, drag showgirls, thinkers, visual artists all welcome!

Here are some of the activity titles (without explanations - you can just use your imagination for now):

• All about my mother
• Ultimate fighting machine
• Personal ad for dad
• Heartbreaking singer/songwriter
• I am so sick of m’self

Jibz Cameron is a performance/video artist and actor living in Los Angeles. Her work as alter ego Dynasty Handbag has been presented at such institutions as MOCALA, PS1, Joe's Pub, The Kitchen, REDCAT, The Broad Museum, Hammer Museum, New Museum of Contemporary Art New York, among others. She has been heralded by the New York Times as the funniest and most pitch perfect performance seen in years and outrageously smart, grotesque and innovative by The New Yorker. She has written and produced 6 evening length performance pieces and countless short works that have been performed in clubs and venues internationally. She has produced numerous video works and 2 albums of original music. In addition to her work as Dynasty Handbag she has also been seen acting in films, theater and television (internet web series no one has seen). She also works as a professor of performance and comedy related subjects at Cal-Arts and NYU, as well as lecturing at such institutions such as Cornell University, Wesleyan University, Yale, among others. Cameron also produces and hosts Weirdo Night, a popular monthly alternative comedy and performance event.  Jibz recently moved from New York to Los Angeles and is in development with Electric Dynamite on a television series about a performance artist that moves from New York to Los Angeles.

Photos by Charlie Gross