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BOY IN A DRESS : lajohnjoseph

A perverted polymath of the highest order, La JohnJoseph is the performer, playwright, journalist, actress, activist and chanteuse, Time Out calls an “icon in the making.” She is a British born, American educated artist who explores the creation and dislocation of power in cultural matrices through performance, text, and song. Drawing on queer theory, identity politics, drag, chanson and literary tradition, La JohnJoseph has created an interdisciplinary body of work that encompasses everything from performative lectures on contemporary art, to Dada pantomimes.

Educated at a Catholic high school in Liverpool, earning his BA in American Studies between King’ College and Berkeley, and receiving an MA in Performance Design and Practice from Central ST. Martins, she has lead classes on visual culture and performance at the University of California Berkeley, and Bard College, New York.

The author of five ensemble plays, three solo plays, and a libretto, La JohnJoseph’s writing has also appeared in Out There, Attitude, Next, Bent, AXM, and the ‘zines Birdsong, Fat Zine, and P.S. I LOVE YOU. Her face has graced the covers of Siegessaule (Berlin), Dance Theatre Journal and Boyz (London), the pages of The New Yorker, POP, Indie, and MixMag, as well as The New York Times online and Vogue.com.

He has performed across Europe and the USA, including shows at the MoMA (San Francisco), Bios (Athens), Dixon Place (New York), and The Schwules Museum in Berlin. A regular on London’s performance scene he has appeared at The Royal Opera House, The Southbank Centre, Duckie, The Soho Theater, Bistrotheque, and co-starred in the West End production Infinite Variety. Known for her keen satirical humor and gracious gender fuckery, she is a protégé of New York performance legend Penny Arcade, whose performance style has been compared to everyone from Joan Crawford to Noel Coward via David Bowie and who is proving himself a captivating and consistent stage presence.

She is currently editing his debut novel Everything Must Go.