Artist Talks

Diane Torr @ Stanford

Performance artist Diane Torr has been experimenting with the performance of gender for thirty years — exploring everything from feminist go-go dancing to masculine power play. One of the key pioneers of “drag king” performance, Torr has been celebrated internationally for her gender transformation workshops, in which she has taught hundreds of ordinary women how to pass as men on city streets around the world. This cultural subterfuge appeals to participants for many different reasons: personal confidence-building, sexual frisson, gender subversion, trans-curiosity, or simply the appeal of disguise and role play.

Emmetrop, Bourges, France 2013
University of Groningen, The Netherlands (also a book launch) 2013
Tempo Film Festival, Stockholm (also a book launch) 2013
Stanford University, Palo Alto California (also a book launch)  2012
Schwuz, Berlin (also a book launch) 2012
Freie University, Berlin – (also a book launch) 2012
Rome: Agender Film Festival, December (also a book launch) 2011
Brasilia: University of Brasilia, Psychology Department (also a book launch) 2011
Humboldt University, Berlin 2011
Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Vienna 2011
Workshop Theatre, University of Leeds 2011
Hordaland Art Centre, Bergen 2011
Bard College, New York 2010
TSOA, New York University 2010
Nortumbria University, Newcastle 2010
Rutgers University, Fine Arts Dept., New Jersey 2009
Glasgow School of Art 2008
University of Leeds, Workshop Theatre 2007
University of Boulder, Colorado 2006
University of Massachusettes, Amherst 2006
University of Aberystwyth, Wales 2006
University of Leeds 2006
Glasgow School of Art 2006
Glasgow School of Art 2005
University of Preston 2005
University of Aberystwyth 2005
University of York 2005
Northumbria University 2004
New Georges Theatre, New York 2004
Dartington College of Arts, Devon 2003
Cornerhouse, Manchester 2003
R.S.A.M.D., Glasgow 2003
Simon’s Rock College, Gt. Barrington, MA 2003
Glasgow School of Art, Friday Lecture Series 2002
The University of Chicago – Centre for Gender Studies 2002
Women in the Director’s Chair, Chicago 2002
Rutgers University Fine Arts Department 2002
NYU Performance Studies, Visiting Lecturer Series 2002
Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, New York 2001
Brighton University Department of Fine Art 2000
R.E.A.L., Lisbon, Portugal 2000
College of Art and Design, Philadelphia 2000
Lee High University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 1999
Central St. Martin’s School of Art &Design, London 1994/5/7
Leeds University – Performance Studies 1997
Chichester College of Education, England – Dance Dept 1997
Hull University – Critical Studies 1997
Goldsmiths College, London – Drama Department 1995/6
Winchester School of Art, England – Fine Arts Dept 1996
Kingston University, London – Fine Arts Dept 1996
Dartington College of Arts, England – Drama Dept 1996
New York University – Critical Studies 1996
Minneapolis University – Critical Studies 1996
Chicago Art Institute – Outside Lecturer Series 1995
Middlesex University, London – Women’s Studies 1995
H.D.K. Berlin (Art Academy) – Outside Lecturer Series 1995
Goldsmiths College, London – Dept of Textiles & Design 1994
Glasgow School of Art – Outside Lecturer Series 1994
Simmons College, Boston – Women’s Studies 1994
Harvard University – Department of English 1993



“25 Years of Sex and Drag”