REAL TALK / KIP TALK (World Premiere)

75 minutes / English, Italian & French / Suitable for 12 years and up

REAL TALK / KIP TALK is a series of live talk shows about the state of contemporary performance in New York City, hosted by Kippy Winston, media mogul, internet sensation, and citizen of the world. Since Kippy’s weblog took flight in 2008, Kippy’s larger-than-life persona and cottage industry empire has grown to encompass Kippy Winston Media, a boutique PR firm servicing all things theatrical; The Radish, a semi-autumnal gossip rag; Just Ask Kippy, a brief yet potent advice column; and an active social media presence. Formatted like a talk show but with room for debate, REAL TALK / KIP TALK blurs the lines between art and life and challenges participants of all stripes and creeds to engage in real talk about our starry performance landscape.

Kippy Winston’s web log began in 2008, but her peripatetic life started long, long ago. A citizen of the world, Kippy is not only a tastemaker, but also a mover and shaker and an ardent supporter of the performing arts, or quite simply “the field.” Linguist and lover of culture, Kippy’s musings on art, life, and la cultura take on unique forms all their own. She is an Andy Rooney of the PoMo age, a Gadfly of the Gilded era, a Muckraker with the Mostess. Journalism meets hedonism in Winston’s word play(s). [wink!] “Hey world. Here I am. Kippy Winston and loving life.”

“She’s this generation’s answer to Amy Sedaris: frank, weird and immensely likable.” – Time Out NY

Kippy’s work has been seen / experienced at PRELUDE 2013 ad 2014 with her gossip rag The Radish.

These performance were preceded by a December 2016 and February 2017 performance.

Panelists

RISA SHOUP
Risa Shoup is the Executive Director of Spaceworks. Previously, Risa was the Executive Director of FABnyc, the producer of artWork. Risa has worked as an administrator, curator and leader in the NYC arts community since 2005. In addition to extensive consulting work on the intrinsic and instrumental impact of the arts on community development, Risa is a consultant on CreateNYC, NYC’s first-ever cultural plan, developed in concert between a team of consultants lead by Hester Street Collaborative and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs. Risa studied City & Regional Planning from Pratt Institute and is on the board of The Invisible Dog Art Center.

GEOFFREY JACKSON SCOTT
Geoffrey Jackson Scott is a Brooklyn-based creative producer, independent curator, engagement strategist, and cultural organizer. With more than a decade in the arts and cultural sectors, Jackson Scott’s work centers around cultural equity and inclusion. He consults as Director, Community Engagement at Museum of the Moving Image and is Co-Founder and Creative Director of Peoplmovr, a communications and engagement strategy practice. Recent work as co-founder and creative director of Peoplmovr includes: Sundance Institute Theatre Program, The Public Theater, The Play Company, Ars Nova, and Weeksville Heritage Center.

STARR BUSBY
Starr Busby is an international performing, recording and teaching artist. She began her career at The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, TX and then went on to earn a bachelor of music and certificate in music theatre from Northwestern University. “Starr Busby has this beautiful voice which brings a distinctive new vocal quality to the sort of layering techniques made popular by tUnE-yArDs and Kimbra.” – Soundfly. Recent credits include: Moby Dick (workshop, Berkeley Repertory Theatre) Esperanza Spalding’s Emily’s D+EvolutionMikrokosmos (Steirischer Herbst, Graz); The Girl with the Incredible Feeling (Spoleto Festival di Mondi); The Offending Gesture (The Tank, Flint and Tender Series); La Mama Cantata (La Mama E.T.C., international tour) as well as various concerts and solo shows. She often performs with experimental soul band People’s Champs (www.peopleschampsnyc.com). Recently she released the song and video “Ms Bland”, a tribute to Sandra Bland and all other lives lost to police brutality. Her music is available via Soundcloud and Bandcamp.

SHEETAL PRAJAPATI
Sheetal Prajapati is Director of Public Engagement at Pioneer Works Center for Art and Innovation in Red Hook Brooklyn. She previously held programming positions in the department of education at The Museum of Modern Art (New York) and Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. From 2014-2016, Sheetal co-organized Open Engagement, an international conference on art and social practice. Currently, she is adjunct faculty at Moore College of Art and Design (Philadelphia); co-curator of GAME NIGHT (New York), a series of public events presenting artist-made games for play; and a 2017 Artist and Community Council member for The Laundromat Project, a community-based arts organization in Harlem. Sheetal has spoken and advised on topics including art education, social practice, and public engagement at institutions ranging from the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, Museo Jumex (Mexico), and Museum of Fine Arts Houston to Creative Time (New York) and the Magnum Foundation (New York) amongst others. She received her BA from Northwestern University and her MA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

DIANA SCHOLL
Diana Scholl is ACLU’s social media manager, where she keeps ACLU’s more than 3 million social media followers plugged into the Resistance. Diana is also cofounder of We Are the Youth, a photojournalism project sharing the stories of LGBTQ youth in the United States. She graduated from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and currently lives in Brooklyn.

LUCY SEXTON
Lucy Sexton works in dance, theater and film as choreographer, director and producer. A Brooklyn native, Sexton formed the seminal feminist dance performance duo DANCENOISE with Anne Iobst in 1983, performing at such venues such as WOW Café, the Pyramid, 8BC, Performance Space 122, Franklin Furnace, The Kitchen, La Mama, Lincoln Center’s Serious Fun, and King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut–where they also hosted weekly performance nights.  DANCENOISE has toured across the country and the world;  received a New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award in 1989; and was featured in a performance retrospective at the Whitney Museum in 2015. They performed in Lost and Found; Danspace Project Platform 2016 and are currently part of NY Live Arts Live Feed residency program where they will premiere a new work in 2018. Sexton’s film work includes producing the Charles Atlas documentaries “The Legend of Leigh Bowery”(2002) and “TURNING”(2012) with Ahnoni and the Johnsons. In theater she directed “Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell” (2007) with Kathleen Russo, and Tom Murrin’s “Talking Show; the Magical Ridiculous Journey of Alien Comic” (2011), and served as dramaturg for Heather Litteer’s “Lemonade”(2016) and Nora Burns’ “David’s Friend”(2017), both at La MaMa. Since 2010, Sexton has served as Director of the New York Dance and Performance Awards, The Bessies. She also teaches at Playwrights Horizons Theater School at NYU, and serves on the boards of Tuesday’s Children and the Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen. 

GEORGE SANCHEZ
George Emilio Sanchez is a writer, performance artist and educator. He has received two New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships in Performance Art/Emergent Forms, a Rockefeller MAP Grant and is a Fulbright Scholar. As well as serving as chairperson at the City University of New York’s College of Staten Island Performing and Creative Arts Department, he also is the Performance Director of the Hemispheric Institute’s Emergenyc performance project that aims to explore the intersection of arts and activism. He has worked as an arts-in-education consultant with the Bronx Museum of the Arts for over a decade. His most recent solo work, Buried Up To My Neck While Thinking Outside The Boxwas presented by El Museo del Barrio in the summer of 2015. In addition, he travels nationally and internationally to present workshops on Augusto Boal’s Theater of the Oppressed techniques. He currently serves as a Senior College Officer on the Executive Council of the Professional Staff Congress, the union for faculty and staff within in the City University of New York.

AMY KHOSHBIN
Amy Khoshbin is an Iranian-American Brooklyn-based artist merging performance, video, collage, and fabric arts to examine our individual and collective compulsion to create, transform, and sometimes destroy the stories of who we are and who we think we should be. She produces media and mythologies using humor and a handmade aesthetic to throw a counterpunch at the high-definition, profit-generating codes that American audiences are trained to consume. She has shown her solo and collaborative work at venues such as Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Abrons Arts Center, Mana Contemporary, NURTUREart, National Sawdust, The Invisible Dog Arts Center, and festivals such as River to River and South by Southwest. She is currently in residence at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace Residency 2014-17, and has completed residencies at The Watermill Center, Mana Contemporary, Banff Centre for the Arts, Team Effort! in Scotland, and at the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. She received a Rema Hort Mann Artist Community Engagement Grant and is on Creative Capital’s On Our Radar for her recent project, The Myth of Layla. Khoshbin has bachelor’s degrees in Film and Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and a master’s degree from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University. She has collaborated with Laurie Anderson, Karen Finley, Tina Barney, and poets Anne Carson and Bob Currie among others.