There’s No Wrong Way to Have a Body

DATE & TIME: 4:00pm - 5:20pm EDT March 19, 2014
  • Glenn Marla
    Glenn Marla
    Erica Beckman
A Conversation on Diversity about queer/fat identity, performance and activism with MMC alum Glenn Marla

Glenn Marla is a Brooklyn-based performance artist, writer, and beauty pageant queen (Miss LES 2006 and the first ever Mr. Coney Island). The Portland Phoenix calls Glenn Marla’s work, “performance art that pushes the envelope without pushing the audience away;” Time Out New York declares Glenn a “downtown prophet” and The New York Times calls Glenn “an obese transvestite in tights.” When Glenn is not performing original visual and theatrical darings, you may find them playing such roles as the Poppy Flower in Taylor Mac’s Obie Award winning epic play The Lily’s Revenge, or Pansy Flower in Dave End’s F.A.G.G.O.T.S the musical. Glenn was also featured in Justin Bond’s ” Lustre” at P.S. 122 and Abrons Arts Center. Most recently Mr. Marla is working in collaboration with Hana Malia on My Wife’s Ass, a full-length theater piece that explores agency over and fear of the fat queer body, the “headless fatty,” unabashed consumption, “fat panic,” the backlash against gender non-conformity, and how the “war on obesity” is experienced at street level, while it tells the tale of the bravery and imagination required to fall into fat love.


Mr. Marla holds a BA in Theater from Marymount Manhattan College and will be completing a Masters Degree this May from Pratt Institute in Art Therapy and Creativity Development. 

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