L. M. Bogad is a performer, professor and activist. He has won numerous grants and awards: a Guggenheim Fellowship, an “Art and Controversy” fellowship at CMU and a “Humanities and Political Conflict” fellowship at ASU, and has lectured and performed across Europe, North America, and in Cairo, Buenos Aires, and São Paulo. He has performed in major museums, on picket lines, and in squatted buildings from Barcelona to Helsinki to Santiago, and is the worlds best, worst, and only Economus
BiographyL. M. Bogad (www.lmbogad.com) is an author, performance artist/activist, Chair of Department and Professor at UC Davis, Director of the Center for Tactical Performance, and co-founder of the Clown Army. He has performed across the USA, Europe and South America, most recently at SF MOMA and on a squatted military base in Barcelona. He has led Tactical Performance workshops around the world, including in Cairo during the first phase of the revolution, is a Guggenheim Fellow and was the Art and Controversy Fellow and Distinguished Lecturer on Performance and Politics at Carnegie Mellon University, and the Humanities and Political Conflict Fellow at Arizona State U. He is a WPA Artist and Cabinet Member with the US Department of Arts and Culture.
Bogad’s performances have covered topics such as the Egyptian revolution, the Haymarket Square Riot, the FBI's COINTELPRO activities, and the Pinochet coup in Chile, and have received grant support from the Puffin Fund, Network of Ensemble Theatres, Bay Area Theatre Artists Fund, U.C. Institute for Research in the Arts, the British Academy and the British Arts and Humanities Research Council. His newest piece, ECONOMUSIC: Keeping Score, has been performed in NYC at the Austrian Cultural Forum and the Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics, and at festivals in Helsinki and Sao Paulo, at SF MOMA, and Barcelona. His play, COINTELSHOW: A Patriot Act was published by PM Press and recently performed at the San Francisco Mime Troupe’s Studio.
Bogad’s first book, Electoral Guerrilla Theatre: Radical Ridicule and Social Movements, analyzes the international campaigns of performance artists who run for public office as a radical prank. That book, and his many articles on political performance, are used in college classes internationally. His next book, Tactical Performance: On the Theory and Practice of Serious Play, analyzes and critiques the use of guerrilla theatre/art for human/civil rights, social justice, labor and environmental campaigns. He also wrote and produced a documentary, Radical Ridicule: Serious Play and the Republican National Convention.
Bogad has led Tactical Performance workshops, helping activists create performative, nonviolent images to contest and critique power, in revolutionary Cairo, Barcelona, Riga, Helsinki, Reykyavik, Buenos Aires, Trondheim, across the USA and Europe, and for the Center for Victims of Torture. He has been a commentator on political performance on Air America, NPR, Pacifica, Peace Radio, and other radio stations and programs.
PhD, Performance Studies, Northwestern University
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Performance and social movements, activism, performance art, creative writing, adaptation of non-fiction to performance, satire.
Political cartooning, serious game design and playtesting.
Published: May 18, 2013
A TedX talk about Tactical Performance.