Biographies: MoveForChange and the Brooklyn Culture Jammers

Do you want to know who we are?(updated 4/10/2018)

Daniel Kinch is a playwright, actor, teacher, and historian of activist movements. His play A CLOWN, A HAMMER, A BOMB, AND GOD premiered at the first New York International Fringe Festival in 1997 and was performed over 200 times in the United States and Europe. A CLOWN, A HAMMER, A BOMB, AND GOD is based on the true story of activist Priest Father Carl Kabat, who disabled a Minuteman Missile on Good Friday 1994. Mr. Kinch’s other plays include PETRA KELLY SPEAKS TO POWER (a biography of the founder of the German Green Party which received a one-year development residency for Artists In Search Of…, a NY-based theatre development company), GOODNIGHT LBJ (a collaboration with a Vietnam Veteran about his wartime experiences treating heroin addicts in-country at Cam Ranh Bay), and THE STORY OF FALLING DON (an auto-biographical play about Mr Kinch’s surviving 9/11 produced in 2002 at Theater for the New City). Mr. Kinch’s 2012 play about Occupy Wall Street, HOW TO STOP THE EMPIRE WHILE KEEPING YOUR DAY JOB is the story of Jerry, a middle-aged troublemaker/activist. No longer able to keep in a more ‘active’ mode in the Movement, he has cobbled together a list of the things that work when bringing truth to power. HOW TO STOP THE EMPIRE WHILE KEEPING YOUR DAY JOB has been performed over two dozen times since its current debut at the Occupy The Empty Space event in March of 2012, and a video of that performance has received over 12,000 views on YouTube and an updated version of the play was performed in Washington DC as part of the Take Back Democracy event in 2016. The new version will be performed at the Tampa International Fringe Festival.

 

Mr. Kinch’s latest project, Planet Hospice (a Theatrical Romp through Human Extinction), premiered at the 2016 Ithaca Fringe Festival and was showcased by the United Solo International festival of one-person shows in November of 2016. It was then produced as part of the first Tampa International Fringe Festival. Planet Hospice is a play about the ramifications of climate warming as explained by Dr. James Light, a cashiered university professor whose job was taken away because his lectures upset his students. In Planet Hospice, Dr. Light talks about the characteristics of human nature that doom us to a near term extinction. Using balloon animals, musical instruments and other accoutrements of clowns, he paints the picture of our continuing efforts to control our own consumption of the world’s resources.

 

Mr. Kinch received a BA in Theatre performance at the University of South Florida and a MFA in English (creative writing for the theater) at Brooklyn College, where he studied under Off-Off Broadway pioneer Jack Gelber. While at Brooklyn College, he received the MacArthur Fellowship for play writing.

Kathleen Stansell, originally a southern gal, graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with an Honors degree in Performance and Choreography and many acting and leadership experiences. She currently teaches various forms of dance to young students and special needs adults in Brooklyn, NY. When Kathleen is not teaching, she is rehearsing dances for other choreographers in New York or working on her own projects. She also has a segment on WBCR radio’s Sex and Politics show called ‘The Dumpster Diver’. She is the artistic director of Move for Change, a movement collective whom brings awareness to social issues to its’ audience.

EMPTY SPACE: this is where you can add your own name if you wish to join us. Do yiou want to do work about people who are troublemakers? Do you wish to support our work? Drop me a note at the e-mail address below.

If you would like to share our work or work with us, you can contact me at bkculturejammers (at) Gmail.

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