Before the Stonewall riots, before Paris is Burning, and before cross dressing was even legal in most U.S. states, queer performance artist Flawless Sabrina (a.k.a Jack Doroshow) fought the good fight against heteronormative constraints, becoming an icon and inspiration in the process. At a special event on Friday, November 14 entitled A Flawless Evening, Sabrina will join Professor of NYU's Art and Public Policy Department and renowned performance artist Karen Finley to discuss her extraordinary journey from a child in south Philly coveting her aunt’s clothes, through years of activism and arrests, to ultimately earning the title of “den mother of NYC drag.”

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Before the Stonewall riots, before Paris is Burning, and before cross dressing was even legal in most U.S. states, queer performance artist Flawless Sabrina (a.k.a Jack Doroshow) fought the good fight against heteronormative constraints, becoming an icon and inspiration in the process. At a special event on Friday, November 14 entitled A Flawless Evening, Sabrina will join Professor of NYU's Art and Public Policy Department and renowned performance artist Karen Finley to discuss her extraordinary journey from a childhood in pre-WW2 south Philly, through years of activism and arrests, to ultimately earning the title of “den mother of NYC drag.”

Finley and Sabrina will be joined by Joe E. Jeffreys, Adjunct Instructor at the Tisch Department of Drama; Darrell Willson, teacher in the Tisch Department of Undergraduate Film and Television; civil rights attorney Mary Dorman; and will be introduced by Sheril Antonio, Associate Dean of the Tisch School of the Arts and Chair of the Tisch Department of Dramatic Writing.

The event is the most recent in a new program launched in 2014, Cross-Tisch: The Interdepartmental Faculty Series, designed to promote multi-disciplinary dialogue and collaborations across Tisch departments. Cross Tisch is a faculty-driven program, co-convened by Tisch Professor of Performance Studies Diana Taylor and FAS Professor of English, Una Chaudhuri. Its inaugural event, Black Portraitures, held on October 8, facilitated a discussion between Tisch Associate Professor of Drama, Awam Amkpa and Deborah Willis, Chair of the Tisch Department of Photography and Imaging.

A Flawless Evening is sponsored by the Tisch Department of Art and Public Policy, the Tisch Kanbar School of Film and Television and the Tisch Department of Drama. The event is free and open to the public, and will be held at 5 p.m. at the Tisch Building, located at 721 Broadway (between Washington and Waverly places) in room 109.

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