Larry Bogad


Larry Bogad is an author, performer, and activist. His book Electoral Guerrilla Theatre: Radical Ridicule and Social Movements, is an international study of performance artists who run for public office as a prank. Bogad works on the intersection between art and activism, and on the role of humor and imagination in organizing social movements.  He has taught “Tactical Performance” workshops internationally, and as “Art and Controversy” Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University and “Humanities and Political Conflict” Fellow at Arizona State University.  He contributed to the Special Edition of the New York Times and recently co-wrote and edited a smiliar project: Bogad’s darkly humorous performances have covered topics such as the Haymarket Square Confrontation, the FBI’s COINTELPRO activities and the PATRIOT ACT, and global climate chaos. He is a veteran of the Lincoln Center Theatre Director’s Laboratory, cofounder of the Clandestine Insurgent Rebel Clown Army, and has written and performed with the Oil Enforcement Agency, Reclaim the Streets/NYC, Absurd Response, and Billionaires for Bush, and in film, theatre, and street theatre across North America and the UK.  His writings include "Tactical Carnival", "A Place for Protest," "Carnivals Against Capital," "Radical Simulacrum, Regulation by Prank," "Upstaging the Establishment," and many more that try to examine with some rigor and a little humor the ways in which performance can be used, not only as decoration for "serious" activism, but as a central aspect and element of impactful work. Bogad has served people popsicles made from the last glaciers on earth, and led a Funeral for the Last Ice on Earth as ironic ritual in support of a lockdown blocking Chevron's headquarters. With Steve Duncombe, he was part of an radical labor drama with SuperBarrio in the streets of New York, starring hundreds of police.  With Steve Lambert, he staged the radical conversion of Ronald McDonald to the cause of eco-sustainability, biodiversity, and shawarma.