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Recent Performances and Lectures/Workshops

The Summer and Fall of 2016 was a pretty active time…besides 25 radio appearances in support of the new Tactical Performance book, I was able to travel a bit and give a few talks.  More are planned for 2017, announcement coming soon.

April 16:  Yerba Buena Arts Center, San Francisco:  I performed “Exit 11,” a strange monologue about growing up in New Jersey, toxic waste, green rabbits, corporate impunity, Superfund sites and self-soothing through Vivaldi, chanting, and whalesong.  This was part of the  “Green-Collar Comedy,” one of the events of the Arts & Ecology Residency Showcase.

May 28:  Performed “The Panopticock: An Immodest Proposal,” with J. Stahl and Leslie Dreyer, a neo-Foucouldian satire of the surveillance state, as part of La Pocha Nostra’s OAKLAND VERSUS SAN FRANCISCO event, for the San Francisco International Arts Festival:  http://www.sfiaf.org/la_pocha_nostra.  I also performed a new piece, A WORD FROM OUR SPONSORS, a satire of corporate sponsorship that turns strange and existential by the end.

June 8, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts: As an opening act for Guillermo Gómez-Peña, I performed “A WORD FROM OUR SPONSORS.”

July 13:  Book talk and lecture at the “Hiedra” arts space, Buenos Aires

July 15 performance of Economusic, using the new electronic-absurd ECONOMUSIC APP (!), and some professional opera singers in the audience who didn’t know I was going to call on them to sing, but who were good sports and performed splendidly.  At Club Matienzo, Buenos Aires.

July 18 performance of PANOPTICOCK: An Immodest Proposal, with J. Stahl, at the Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics’ Encuentro, Santiago, Chile.

July 20 performative presentation of ECONOMUSIC for my workgroup, organized by Diana Taylor, Santiago, Chile.

July 26 performance of my new monologue/slide showA NOTE FROM OUR SPONSORS, Valaparaiso, Chile.

September 22 Tactical Performance talk at NYU, Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics.

September 23 Tactical Performance book launch event, Bluestockings Books, New York City.

September 24 Adaptation of Non-Fiction Texts to Performance Workshop at Queens Museum, New York.

September 26 Tactical Performance presentation, Bard College.  Sponsored by the Human Rights Project, Theatre and PerformanceProgram, and Experimental Humanities.

October 3  Tactical Performance presentation at Ryerson University, Toronto.

October 5  Tactical Performance presentation at York University, Toronto.

October 17  presentation and workshop for Rupa Marya and activist doctors and interns at UCSF medical school, San Francisco.

October 18:  at CIIS in SF as part of their “Dancing With The So Called Dead: festival, I co-performed with Guillermo Gómez-Peña a series of our original monologues and duets.  https://www.facebook.com/events/1735465340009349/

October 24 workshop for The Graduates, a group of formerly incarcerated women working on a performance critical of the prison-industrial complex, at ArtSpot Productions, New Orleans.

October 26, Tactical Performance workshop for theatre artists at ArtSpot Productions, New Orleans.

October 28, performance of my play, COINTELSHOW: A PATRIOT ACT, at ArtSpot Productions, New Orleans.

November 2nd…once again I tried my hand at telling a personal story at THE MOTH storyslam in Berkeley. Always a good time.

November 10  STREET THEATRE at the invitation of, and in support of, a coalition of progressive unions, in solidarity with Standing Rock, at the Wells Fargo bank in downtown Oakland. The performance was good fun, and my shtick was simple (and once again I was typecast as the bad guy).  The turnout was wonderful–hundreds of diverse union members from a wide array of unions who made an effective connection between Wells Fargo policy, climate justice, and indigenous sovereignty.

November 14  Guest Lecture on Carnivalesque Protest at U.C. Berkeley.

December 1  West Coast Book Launch Event at the great old City Lights Bookstore, San Francisco.  What a pleasure to present at this hallowed space with the old Beats looming over us.  Thanks to Peter Maravelis.

December 4  on a panel at the Howard Zinn Book Fair in San Francisco with my dear old New York City comrades from Reclaim the Streets and other misadventures, Ben Shepard and Ron Hayduk.

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MY NEW BOOKS ARE PUBLISHED: Tactical Performance and Electoral Guerrilla Theatre, Second Edition!

Tactical Performance front cover

EGT front cover

Routledge Press has now published my new books! TACTICAL PERFORMANCE and ELECTORAL GUERRILLA THEATRE, Second Edition!

Dear friends,

After years of research, revision, and readjusting the clown nose on my gasmask, the new book is out and ready. It’s based on 15 years of research on, and participation in, creative and performance-based activism. I hope you find it useful and even a little entertaining. You may even find yourself in there.

Please order it, or request it for your town or campus library. Ask your local bookstore to carry it. Consider using it in your curriculum, discussion group, or flip through it for ideas when planning a creative action.

Please share this on social media and just pass the word in whatever way you can. Write a review about it for a journal or magazine or blog. Any or all of the above will help get the word out about the book.

I’d love to hear your feedback.

Here’s where you can find the book to order. It’s also available on other websites:
TACTICAL PERFORMANCE: The Theory and Practice of Serious Play


Tactical Performance explores creative protest in unique depth, looking at the possibilities for direct action and theatrical confrontation with some of the most powerful institutions in the world. It effectively combines theory and practice, illustrating the basic principles of artful activism in an absorbing, accessible manner.

L.M. Bogad draws on his own experience as a writer, performer, and strategist working with groups such as the Yes Men, the Clown Army, Reclaim the Streets, and La Pocha Nostra, to share the most effective nonviolent tactics and theatrics.

An inspiring practical and theoretical guide, Tactical Performance is essential reading for anyone interested in creative pranksterism, subvertisement, cultural sabotage,and the global justice movement.

Lucid, sharp, funny, Bogad’s Tactical Performance is the book we’ve been waiting for on creative activism.

— Diana Taylor, Director, Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics; Professor of Performance Studies, New York University; author of Performance

Tactical Performance rehearses theatre and social justice strategies at their best: historically connected, culturally informed, alive and nimble in their responses to the political moment. With the savvy of a participant/observer and the acuity of an historian and critic, Bogad provides a lively overview of important activist performances, asking us to reconsider its effects and its promise. A crystal-clear argument in a must-read book for all who care about performance and social change.

— Jill Dolan, Annan Professor of English, Princeton University, and author of Utopia In Performance: Finding Hope at the Theatre

Beautifully written; a playful, potent mixture of history, how-to, and theory, informed by the author’s many years of personal front-line experience.

— The Yes Men (Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno)

The love child of Lenny Bruce and Saul Alinsky, Bogad has worked, on the street and behind the scenes, at the nexus of some of the most compelling art-interventions of the past 15 years. He brings his truly original and bizarre performance-art sensibility both to his activism and to this ground-breaking book. Read it!

–Guillermo Gómez-Peña, writer, performance artist and pedagogue

Appalling bad taste and worse judgment make Bogad’s interventions memorable and frequently effective. Don’t try this alone at home. These actions should be undertaken with friends, and preferably with very good friends.

— Peter Sellars, theatre and opera director

PS: the 2nd edition of Electoral Guerrilla Theatre: Radical Ridicule and Social Movements is also out! New! Updated! Improved! With over 20% more prank election campaigns! You can find it at this link, with stories of radical prank election campaigns from the Gnomes of Amsterdam to Pauline Pantsdown to Joan JettBlakk and Stephen Colbert, from Einstein the Dog to the Best Party in Iceland:

PPS You can still by my bizarre and darkly satirical play about COINTELPRO here for just $5. We just did it at the San Francisco Mime Troupe’s Studio to some very generous and enthusiastic crowds:


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Bogad TEDx Talk: “Tactical Performance: Thinking Theatrically for Powerful Protest”

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