Lynx Introduces Web Theater!

May 12th, 2018

We are happy to announce that we will be curating video performances on our site, that are aligned with our mission to promote empathy.  Our inaugural post is Suzanne Guillette’s beautiful, multi-media ode to empathy, Moving, for You.  

Liesl Tommy, director of Lynx’s inaugural production, gets Tony Nomination for Best Director!

May 10th, 2016

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Liesl Tommy, who directed Lynx Ensemble’s inaugural production of Christopher Durang’s “Laughing Wild,” in 2003, has been nominated for a Tony Award for Best Director of a Play for “Eclipsed,” by Danai Gurira, for which Liesl also won a Lucille Lortel Award this year.  The entire Lynx team is thrilled and incredibly proud of Liesl.

http://www.broadwayworld.com/people/news/Liesl-Tommy/

Lynx Co-Produced “A MODERN LOVE” Broadway Cabaret!

December 12th, 2014
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On November 10th, 2014, Lynx co-produced “A MODERN LOVE”: A Broadway Cabaret celebrating the launch of Mark O’Connell, LCSW’s book, Modern Brides & Modern Grooms, and benefitting IHI Therapy Center!  At The Out NYC Hotel.

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Lucas Papaelias and J Michael Zygo from ONCE: The Musical

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Jennifer Mudge

 

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Justin Deabler and Mark O’Connell

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Jon-Michael Reese

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Miss Perfidia

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Jennifer Mudge and Christina Decicco

 

DJ’s Andrew Andrew

Lynx will Co-Produce “A Modern Love Cabaret!”

October 3rd, 2014

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Mark O’Connell’s book, “Modern Brides & Modern Grooms,” is available for pre-order. Click on the links below!

June 16th, 2014

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Stay tuned for Lynx’s theatrical celebration of Mark’s book launch, November, 2014!

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Lynx is sending Bill Bowers’ to Edinburgh!!

June 11th, 2013

Lynx is proud to co-produce Bill Bowers’ phenomenal one person play It Goes Without Saying at the Edingburgh Fringe Festival this summer! Aug. 1st – Aug. 25th (not the 13th), at the Hill Street Solo Theatre (Fringe Venue 41) at 22:05 (60 min.) Fringe Box-Office: 0131 226 0000

For NYC residents, Bill will perform It Goes Without Saying at the East of Edinburgh festival at 59 E. 59th on July 12 13,19, 20, 26, and 27th.

Acting OUT!

June 19th, 2011


The following short film, entitled ACTING OUT, is a collection of interviews with lesbian and gay self identified actors, who share their professional experiences – particularly in terms of pressure they feel to contort their instinctive gender presentations, in order to appeal to casting directors, producers and other powerful people in the entertainment business. Casting director Brette Goldstein very honestly and eloquently shares her experiences working with gender nonconforming actors, and the way the business responds to them.

 

 

 

Don’t Act, Don’t Tell:
Discrimination Based on Gender Nonconformity in the Entertainment Industry and the Clinical Setting
by Mark O’Connell, LCSW, MFA

Published in the Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health, Vol 16 Issue (3)

ABSTRACT
The author describes anti-homosexual attitudes in the entertainment industry. Effeminate male actors generally have a hard time being cast, whether for gay or straight roles. Attitudes in the performing arts mirror those in society as a whole. Case reports are interspersed in the discussion to illustrate the points.

INTRODUCTION
There is a “don’t ask, don’t tell” practice in the hiring of actors for film, theater, and television—but it is certainly as ubiquitous in casting for the world’s stage as well. Here is how it works: actors can avoid discrimination so long as they do not disclose being homosexual. What is considered to be a disclosure in this case can be verbal, but is more often non-verbal, and merely a casting director’s perception or interpretation of the actor’s sexuality based on their gender presentation. This practice limits work for out and “seemingly gay” actors, and also severely limits audience perceptions of both homosexuality and gender. A simple example of this can be found in the film Brokeback Mountain, for which straight, masculine movie stars were hired to play gay men. By restricting the presence of gender-nonconforming people in film, television, and theater, the message, “you are permitted to be gay, just don’t flaunt your identity” (Yoshino, 2006), reverberates like an earthquake and without anyone having to claim responsibility or fix the problem. Until this phenomenon is brought to the surface – by naming and aggressively discussing it – homophobic discrimination will continue on and below the surface. Specifically we can expect to see more job discrimination, bullying, suicides, and hate crimes against gender-nonconforming people (both gay and straight)……

Lynx is chosen as a TOP TEN Finalist in the SPACE ON WHITE SPACE GIVEAWAY!

July 7th, 2010

http://www.spaceonwhite.com/2010/04/14/space-white-blank-canvas-give-away/

THE HEYOKAH* PROJECT

April 14th, 2010

Watch our short video entry for free space to develop THE HEYOKAH PROJET by Bill Bowers.

The Heyokah is a contrary clown who holds total wisdom and teaches the People through laughter and opposites.

2009 Benefit Gala Photos

April 2nd, 2010
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Bill Bowers.

 

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Cynthia Nixon and Bill Bowers.

 

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Mark O’Connell, Deborah C. Smith, Aileen Barry, and Lucas Papaelias.

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Lucas Papaelias and Jesse Alick.

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Didi Conn and Bill Bowers.

 

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Mark O’Connell and Justin Deabler.

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Mark O’Connell and Aileen Barry.

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Didi Conn.

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Bill Bowers, Mark O’Connell, Cynthia Nixon, and Aileen Barry.