L. M. Bogad is an author, performer, and the founding Director of the Center for Tactical Performance, based in Berkeley, California.
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Bogad writes, performs, and strategizes with mischievous artists such as the Yes Men, Agit-Pop, and La Pocha Nostra. He is a veteran of the Lincoln Center Theatre Director’s Laboratory, and a co-founder of the Clandestine Insurgent Rebel Clown Army.
Electoral Guerrilla Theatre: Radical Ridicule and Social Movements, tells the stories of performance artists around the world who run for public office as a radical prank.
Tactical Performance: On the Theory and Practice of Serious Play, analyzes and critiques the use of guerrilla theatre, activist art, and pranks for human and civil rights, and for social justice, labor, and environmental campaigns.
The British Academy and British Arts and Humanities Research Council funded his documentary, Radical Ridicule: Serious Play and the Republican National Convention.
Bogad’s plays have covered topics such as the Egyptian revolution, the Haymarket Square Riot, the FBI’s COINTELPRO activities, the Pinochet coup in Chile, and global climate chaos.
Bogad has performed on picket lines as Saint Francis, the Angry Banker, and Sam Walton. He has also performed original work such as EconoMusic: Keeping Score in venues from Helsinki to São Paulo to New York City, from major museums to a squatted military barracks in Barcelona.
Bogad has led Tactical Performance workshops in Egypt, Iceland, Argentina, Latvia, and across the USA and Europe. He has worked with the Center for Victims of Torture, been the “Humanities and Political Conflict” Fellow at Arizona State University and been a guest at Carnegie Mellon University as both an “Art and Controversy” Fellow, and as a Distinguished Lecturer on Performance and Politics. He has been a commentator on political performance on Air America, NPR, Pacifica, Peace Radio, and other news outlets.
L.M. Bogad is also a Professor of Political Performance at the University of California at Davis where he mentors graduate students and teaches classes such as “Satire, Irony and Protest,” “Tactical Performance,” and “Oppositional Performance and Social Movements.”
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