Arts-Based Community Development Convening
Transforming Post-Industrial Cities through Art and Innovation
April 12 through 14, 2012 - St. Louis

Joan Lipkin

St. Louis, Missouri


Joan Lipkin divides her time between St. Louis, New York City and other parts of the country. A playwright, lyricist, director, educator, activist and social critic, her award-winning work has been featured on network television, National Public Radio, the BBC and the Associated Press and published in numerous anthologies including HERE COME THE BRIDES (Seal Press), BEST AMERICAN SHORT PLAYS (Applause), FEMINIST DISABILITIES STUDIES (University of Indiana), UPSTAGING BIG DADDY: DIRECTING THEATER AS IF RACE AND GENDER MATTER (University of Michigan), MYTHIC WOMEN/REAL WOMEN (Faber & Faber) and AMAZON ALL STARS (Applause), and her play THE STATE OF MARRIAGE was featured in American Theatre in March.

Joan specializes in creating work on topical issues and with marginalized populations including people with disabilities, LGBT youth and adults, women with cancer, people with Alzheimers and early stage dementia, college students and youth at risk. A James F. Hornbeck Ethical Humanist and recipient of a Visionary and many other awards, Joan was recently honored as the 2012 Arts Innovator of the Year by the Arts & Education Council. Her work has been published and presented throughout the US, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland and Australia. This year, she will return to Yale University to direct the Kaleidoscope Project and will help implement Mosaic, a new student advocacy theatre ensemble at Auburn University.




The Girl Who Lost Her Voice

Day 3 / Apr, 14 @ 12:45 pm
1st Floor : Regency Room

A solo performance that tells the story of a woman who loses her voice when provoked and inspired by an artist who takes risks.

Bring your lunch and join the discussion about some of the issues and questions that the piece raises: from what part of ourselves do we speak? Do we have moments when we want to speak but don’t? What are the circumstances in which we can’t speak? What is required to access or recover your voice? How does censorship around gender and sexuality contribute to a silencing of the voice and the self? For ourselves and also our students, our audiences and constituencies? What are your/our voiceless tracks?



Day 2 / Apr, 13 @ 8:00 pm
Top Floor : Starlight Room

FRED. Fresh Radical Educational Dialogue. With a “night cap.”

10 minute talks / presentations / performances in the* or PechaKucha** models. Fast paced, big ideas presented in a compelling way. Plus a challenge from the presenter to the audience to create change.

And still plenty of time for schmoozing and chatting. Cash bar is open.

Conference attendees are invited to come for a casual “night cap” in the Starlight Room. And to be challenged with big ideas for change. This is a great opportunity to test an idea, make a case for something a little wild, introduce an inquiry or just tell about a particularly interesting project.

Presenters have 10 minutes. A relaxed atmosphere. A laptop. A projector.

Chris Clark will MC to keep it flowing. FREDtalkers include:

Joan Lipkin: Why Bayard Rustin Just Might Be the Greatest Man You Never Heard Of

Mallory Nezam: StL Improv Anywhere

Jessica Ruhlin: The Type One Project

Michael Allen: Pruitt Igoe Now

Jack Storey & Rick Stockburger: Saving Cities & Mega-Region Coalition

Dan Reus: Openly Disruptive

Kathleen Richert: An Instaconomy

Kara Holland: Reclaimed Places: Picnics

Zoe Scharf & Matt Strom: Brain Drain: Light up and connect St. Louis

Lyndsey Scott: Recalibrating Presence

*TED is a nonprofit devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading.” It started out in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. TED includes the award-winning TEDTalks video site and the annual TED Prize.

**PechaKucha Night was devised in Tokyo in 2003 as an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work. It has turned into a massive celebration, with events happening in hundreds of cities around the world, inspiring creatives worldwide. Drawing its name from the Japanese term for the sound of conversation (“chit chat”), it rests on a presentation format that is based on a simple idea: 20 images x 20 seconds. It’s a format that makes presentations concise, and keeps things moving at a rapid pace.