Scott Turner Schofield
Debutante Balls
October 6 - 8, 2010

"Debutante Balls" is a theatrical stand-up comedy dance through the fascinating culture of the Southern Debutante Ball. Schofield's wicked sense of self-aware humor and poetic sensibility guide us gently (or is that genteel-ly?) through the many ways he "came out" into Southern Society (as a lesbian, radical feminist, and finally, as a transgender man), poking fun at gender roles and sniffing the vapors of nostalgia gone-with-the-wind in these modern times. Applauded by Judith (Jack) Halberstam and the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity alike, this is a generous, insightful, not-to-be-missed solo show. An excerpt from "Debutante Balls" can be found on YouTube.

Scott Turner Schofield
is a man who was a woman, a lesbian turned straight guy who is usually taken for a gay teenager. As a full time performance artist, Schofield tours year-round, working on college campuses as often as at theatrical institutions. In addition to consistently sold-out performances, his residencies include lectures, workshops with youth (including fraternities and sororities) and administrators in college, municipal, and corporate settings. This combination of advocacy and art has significantly changed non-discrimination policies nationwide.

Main Performance: "Debutante Balls"
Friday, October 8
Location: Black Box Theatre

Trans 101: Queer Theory in Practice Workshop
Wednesday, October 6
9:00p.m. - 10:30p.m.
Location: Carnegie 9

Participants are introduced to definitions of gender, and the sticky parts of our labels, through interactive lecture and personal Q&A. Heritage, class, physical ability, sexuality and more are discussed as complimentary and complicating factors to aid participants in deciding how to be good allies, and build community.

Page to Stage: Making Performance for Social Change Workshop
Thursday, October 7
4:30p.m. - 6:30p.m.
Location: Noble Center 109
Spaces are limited. Sign up today - e-mail Zachary Dorsey.

Participants are introduced to the many ways that performance is used to make social change, and are then challenged to create their own. Ideas are performed and/or discussed, with attention paid to clarity of content and message, audience, and venue. Participants leave with a performance kernel and tactics for completing and spreading their art.



Photo Credit: Maximillian Corwell