The Men’s Story Project at The University of Alabama will explore social ideas about masculinity in public forums—through men’s own voices and stories. Founded in 2008, the MSP aims to strengthen social norms that support healthy masculinities and gender justice. The University of Alabama is proud to be the first school in the SEC is bring this important initiative to our campus.
Men of all ages and backgrounds are invited to apply to participate in the Men’s Story Project. This project will bring together men’s real stories to create a production about men’s life experiences—with a focus on exploring and challenging social ideas about masculinity, and taking a public stand together for health, justice, love, peace, resilience, and equality.
We’re seeking stories from men of diverse race/ethnicities, ages, sexual orientations, cultural backgrounds, etc. Anyone who identifies with maleness in any way and to any extent is welcome to submit a piece. The pieces can be in diverse mediums like poetry, prose, monologues, music, comedy, dance, with accompanying visuals – on topics like how you’ve responded to expectations on how you should be as a “man”; violence; promoting peace/healing; sexuality; gender identity; relationships; fatherhood; body image; journeys of personal change; breaking silences; etc. Duos and group pieces are welcome if they’re about your own life experience. Contributions of all kinds are welcome: funny, serious, vulnerable, risk-taking, triumphant, etc. – the main theme is REAL. Our aim is to create a powerful public moment of truth-sharing and dialogue. Pieces should be a max of ~7 minutes; some can be longer if needed.
The stories will be presented on the evening of Tuesday, April 14th in the Ferguson Student Theater. To prepare, presenter workshops will take place from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM on January 27th, February 10th, February 24th, March 9th, March 23rd, March 30th and April 6th. At the workshops, we’ll hone works in progress, discuss topics raised in the pieces and learn together, and prepare for the live events. To participate, you must be available for the event and the workshops.
To learn more about the MSP: www.mensstoryproject.org
To learn more about The University of Alabama MSP production, contact Allison Kumar.
Submissions deadline: January 17th, 2020