Got a Question? I most likely have an answer.
What the hell is larp?
Larp is a lot of things to a lot of people. It isn’t just swinging foam swords, though it is swinging foam swords sometimes. It isn’t huge emotions that leave you raw, though sometimes it is. Sometimes it is educational. Sometimes it is ethnographic. Sometimes it is done for growth. Sometime is it done for enjoyment.
Larp to *me* is a method of active imaginary play that allows a person to experience something outside their own reality. You can quote me.
Black people don’t larp.
Fight me. We do Larp. Larping is for everyone. Do not let society paint a picture of you that reduces you down to a set of narrow ideas that defines you. 3 year olds larp. 80 year olds larp. Black, White, Asians, Latinx… You don’t need an abled body or a straight body. A small body or a big one.
You got a body? You like to dream? Larp is for you.
Where can I learn about this stuff?
Larp isn’t defined by any one thing. That’s what we can all agree on. Enjoy searching!
So you say you do a lot of stuff?
Yes. Some days I’ll chat about ethnographic research, photography, narrative writing, how to dream up a world beyond this one… I am sometimes a serious academic, but mostly I am just an eclectic creative who enjoys making the world better. Here’s a smattering of what I have done:
I was a preschool teacher for 7 years and specialized in the correlation between imaginary play and empathy.
I have given safety workshops on protesting.
I have danced and taught house, vogue, waacking, Bhangra…
I write music.
I’m an honest to goodness photographer.
I’ve written several plays.
I’ve written three larps so far, and happily write narrative for others.
I’m a performer skilled in Improvisational techniques…
I’m a feminist, activist, and professional loudmouth.
I also bake a mean loaf of bread.
And this is just the list I can put up so my mother doesn’t faint!
Do you work for free?
Just kidding. Pay me. Graduate School was expensive. If you can’t and it is work for the community, let’s talk.