Re-Role Masculinities

Cis and trans men, non-binary people, and others who identify with masculinity as a primary experience in life, come together. Through play we will discover truths, test our boundaries, and find a new way of being.

Relationships to masculinity are psychological and the experience is physical. This program will use theater and play to reconnect with bodies and emotions, a connection that is often severed to perform masculinity in this culture. Meeting weekly in October, we will begin to show up in our communities more accountable, more connected, and more whole. The program will end with Community Share Out on Sunday, October 28 at 4pm.

Sundays in October (7, 14, 21 & 28) 
1:00-6:00pm (snacks provided)
Cost $50-$200 (sliding scale)
Philadelphia, PA

Applications Due October 2nd at Noon.
This program is supported by Lutheran Settlement House.
Questions? Email

Program Goals:
* Develop an understanding of how past and present experiences of masculinities impact our lives
* Use play to practice openness and connection
* Become more resilient and accountable listeners and action partners to femme-identified people, women, and people of all genders.

Access Info: The space will be wheelchair accessible. And on the application there’s a place to name other access needs. Before our first session we’ll explicitly share how to make the space accessible for this group.

If the cost is a burden, there is a space on the application to let us know. We don't want to turn people away because of a financial barrier.

Facilitator Bios

Matthew Armstead practices cultural organizing, which weaves arts and activism, just as he interweaves blackness, queerness, faith, doubt, and curiosity. Matthew carries experiences of direct action campaigning, organizational management, and collaborative theater making alongside a movement-centered approach to working with groups. He believes in transformation through play, growth through confrontation, and accountability through action. Through immersive encounters, Matthew creates opportunities for people to experience what they dream to be possible. He is completing an M.F.A. with Pig Iron Theatre Company at the University of the Arts, and has a B.A. in Theater and Women's Studies from Swarthmore College. Matthew serves as a Core Trainer with Training for Change - a global grassroots activist training organization.

Omowale “Omi” Masika is a princess warrior that has spent nearly a decade engaging in youth work, community organizing, and facilitation. Currently they are a co-coordinator and coach as a part of the Judith C. Jones (JCJ) Fellowship for Trainers of Color - a program of Training for Change, as well as a newly certified EMT. Prior to this work, they worked as the Development and Communications Coordinator for Training for Change, served as a board member and Youth Liaison for the Trans Youth Support Network, and was a case manager for the GLBT Host Home Program in Minneapolis.

Toby Fraser is the Manager for Community Education at Lutheran Settlement House (LSH). He comes to this work through non-violent direct action based activism, and has been a part of the movement to end Intimate Partner Violence for the past 10 years. His work has ranged from doing workshops with youth about the roots of violence and social change, to training professionals on concrete skills such as screening, safety planning and supporting survivors.