DONNA KAZ is a multi-genre writer and the author of “UN/MASKED, Memoirs of a Guerrilla Girl On Tour.” She has been published in Variety, Theatre Topics, Ms. Magazine, Bitch Media, Bust, Alternet, Role Reboot, Stonecoast Review, Crab Orchard Review, The Dramatist, Ful Art magazine, Girl Drive Blog, Lilith, The Sun, Gagibi, Levitate, Gender Across Borders and Women in Hollywood. She is a currently a research fellow at Winterthur in the US and the director of the Kaz Conference Writing Workshop. donnakaz.com @donnakaz
UN/MASKED, Memoirs of a Guerrilla Girl On Tour
“UN/MASKED, is a vivid memoir of an eager, energetic woman of the theatre confronting sexism in love and art. It’s also a rare first-hand account of life inside the famed Guerrilla Girls, those gorilla-masked artists and performers who made feminist protest daring, original and fun.” – Katha Pollitt, The Nation Columnist, poet, essayist and author
“Fierce, funny and shrewd, much like the Guerrilla Girls themselves, Donna Kaz aka Aphra Behn has written a memoir filled with so much hope and frustration it’s impossible to put down. UN/MASKED is a page-turning how-to about changing the world, and the challenges therein.” – Theresa Rebeck, playwright (Seminar), television writer (Smash) and novelist (I’m Glad About You).
“I loved UN/MASKED, by a woman with dreams that don’t get realized but she makes her life work, no matter what, and tells her story with such honesty and clarity. An incredible achievement. It is unique, original and Donna Kaz/Aphra Behn is what Arthur Penn would say, somethin’ else.” – Estelle Parsons, Oscar winning actress
“UN/MASKED is more than a wildly entertaining snapshot of 80s art culture. More than an answer to the question of, “Who were those crazy feminist activists behind the gorilla masks?” It is a generous, fearless, often hilarious coming of age tale that takes Kaz from being a victim of domestic abuse in Hollywood to becoming an artist and part of one of the most unforgettable art protest groups of our time.” – Elissa Schappell, author of “Use Me” and “Blueprints for Building Better Girls”
“UN/MASKED is a unique chronicle of an artist/warrior’s journey through love, politics, creativity and violence, from someone who has lived through the social issues of our time. A compelling read and ride written in the voice of both an observer and participant of an engaging and relevant life.” – Patti Occhiuzzo Giggans, Executive Director, Peace Over Violence
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Awards and Recognition
- Elizabeth George Foundation Grant
- Skowhegan Medal for outstanding contributions to artmaking
- Yoko Ono Courage Award for the Arts
- Art is a Hammer Award
- Jason Miller Award
- Venus Theatre Lifetime Achievement Award
- Named a “Notable Woman in American Theatre” by CUNY-TV
- Research Residency Fellow Winterthur 2022
- Jerry Kaufman Award for Excellence in Playwriting
Press and Media Mentions
- If I am your diversity hire, it will not go well. Essay now on Theatre Topics. #theatre #theatrelife #acadamia #fem2 If I am your diversity hire, it will not go well.
- William Hurt’s Former Partner Donna Kaz on Surviving Abuse and Speaking Her Truth. “UN/MASKED, Memoirs of a Guerrilla Girl On Tour” is the memoir.