Privilege, how we all have it and how we can use it for good instead of letting "it" use us for bad. We are all raised by certain ideas about what class and what privilege mean. Pooya will curate a conversation on how we can either use these ideas in a constructive way or how we can let them control us in a destructive way. She will also connect the conversation to our perception of gender and gender roles.
About the Curator:
Pooya Mohseni is an Iranian/American actor, Transgender advocate and writer.
Her most recent and challenging roles on stage have been as Madame in The OUTLIERS production of "The Maids" by Jean Genet, directed by Ben Gunderson, as Bernice in a staged reading of “Man in love” by Christina Anderson, directed by Marissa Wolf at KC Rep Theater, as the title role in "Death of a Persian Prince" at NYMITF and SAIPAF, written and directed by Dewey Moss and in Fringe NYC's "A Touch of Forever" written by Josiah DeAndrea, directed by Michael Tartaglia.
You can find her articles “I was born a Girl in a Boy’s Body” on Medium.com and “The Privilege of Passing” on Stageandcandor.com; also a biographical article done on Pooya by Mitch Kellaway for Advocate.com about her journey as a transgender woman from Iran to New York City and following her path into performance and advocacy, titled “Living Trans, from Iran to New York City”.
She’s also keeping busy in front of the camera: a recurring guest star on the new USA network drama #FallingWater premiering this Fall, a co-star role on CBS' Madam Secretary, directed by Eric Stoltz, and the Columbia Grad thesis "Day 39" directed by Jesse Gustafson that debuted at Lincoln Center in May, and became an ACADEMY AWARD FINALIST in student film category.
Learn more about Pooya at www.pooyaland.com twitter @pooyaland
This event is hosted by @Salon. Ian serves on the council of this monthly discussion group that invites thought-leaders to introduce LGBTQ-centered topics through personal narrative.