The Politics of Pleasure: An Artist Talk with Rachel Lark & Rachel Dart

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Rachel Lark is an LA based singer/songwriter known for her feminist activism and sex-positive anthems surrounding female sexual empowerment, kink, queerness and polyamory. Heralded for her blending of heartfelt lyrics with biting political satire, fearless authenticity, and raunchy wit, Lark’s recent rock musical “Coming Soon” premiered in a sold out run in San Francisco and was directed by NYU Tisch Alum and NYC theatre director Rachel Dart. In addition to her directing work in NYC Rachel Dart has worked with the NYC Mayor’s office to end gender-based violence, and is the founder of Let Us Work - an advocacy group that combats sexual harassment in the theatre by effecting change in policy and culture. This evening will feature musical performances by Lark, followed by a discussion between Lark and Dart about the feminist possibilities of staging sexuality and pleasure in the wake of #MeToo, using humor as a vehicle for feminist theory, and how of art and live performance plays a role in shifting the sexual culture. This event is curated and moderated by Performance Studies MA candidate Jessamyn Fitzpatrick.


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Left: Rachel Lark, Right: Rachel Dart

Speaker Bios:

Rachel Lark is a singer/songwriter, producer, and playwright known for her incisive take on sex and relationships through a comedic feminist lens. She recently relocated to LA from San Francisco where she was named one of the most powerful LGBTQ voices by San Francisco Magazine. Her original rock musical, Coming Soon, had a sold out run and received the most favorable review from the San Francisco Chronicle. Lark’s work empowers people to chase connection and pleasure by celebrating polyamory, queerness, and kink. Lark's writing is a tool that shifts the sexual culture away from shame and towards consensual, authentic, and pleasure-centered connection.

Rachel Dart is a New York-based director and educator. Recent credits include the regional premiere of Dance Nation (Nashville Story Garden); IVANKAPLAY (Theatre503, Edinburgh Fringe); and two Princeton University Triangle Club shows (McCarter Theatre Center). New plays, musicals, and classics at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Williamstown, Ensemble Studio Theatre/Youngblood, EST/Sloan, Ma Yi, Rutgers University, and The Atlantic Alumni Workshop and Acting School. Assisting includes The Vineyard, BAM, Roundabout Theatre Company, and on Broadway at Manhattan Theatre Club (Friedman Directing Fellow).

Since 2008, Rachel has facilitated over five hundred workshops on sexuality and relationships with Sex Discussed Here and the NYC Mayor's Office to End Gender-Based Violence. She is the founder of Let Us Work, an advocacy group that combats sexual harassment in theater by effecting change in policy and culture, and is passionate about voting rights, having knocked 5,000 doors in Pennsylvania and Georgia in the 2020 elections.