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BWLI Students and Committee

Circus Amok to return to MCLA

03/10/2010

NORTH ADAMS, MA - Jennifer Miller, a bearded woman and the founder and
director of Circus Amok, will return to Massachusetts College of Liberal
Arts (MCLA) on Monday, March 29, at 7 p.m. in the Amsler Campus Center's
Sullivan Lounge.

Miller will give a slideshow presentation entitled, "Is Your House on
Fire?" The presentation will provide a short history of Circus Amok,
focusing on queer bodies, public spaces and the fostering of democracy.
She also will present some solo, circus sideshow performance pieces. A
question and answer session will follow the show.

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Miller is the founder and director of Circus Amok, an alternative queer
theater that gives free performances in poor and ethnic neighborhoods in
New York City. She has won numerous awards for her work on the circus. She
teaches at the Pratt Art Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Miller has been doing alternative circus, theater, and dance for 20 years,
including seven years on the Coney Island circuit. She also has appeared
on the Jerry Springer, Ru Paul and Joan Rivers TV shows. Circus Amok has
won several prestigious awards, such as the Bessie in 1995 and the OBIE in
2000.

Sponsored by MCLA's Office of Academic Affairs, the Honors Program, the
Susan B. Anthony Women's Center, and the Sociology, Anthropology and
Social Work Department, this year's event marks Miller's fourth
performance at the College.