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The Network

Our grad­u­ates join a net­work of trick­ster activists. The net­work is for mem­bers and grad­u­ates only, and will remain secret to you too, until you pass through the pro­gram. The secret por­tal is made avail­able to those who pass through the program.

Trickster Trainers

Andy Bichlbaum

Andy Bichlbaum (AKA Jacques Servin) is a co-founder of the cul­ture-jam­ming activist group known as The Yes Men. Their exploits in “iden­ti­ty cor­rec­tion” are doc­u­ment­ed in the films The Yes Men, The Yes Men Fix the World and The Yes Men Are Revolt­ing. As Ray Thomas, he is also a co-founder of anti-cor­po­rate cor­po­ra­tion RTmark. He has held numer­ous cor­po­rate jobs from which he was fired for alter­ing the com­pa­ny prod­ucts and doing too much activism from the office. He has taught at Calarts, The New School, NYU, and CUNY, and has con­duct­ed hun­dreds of work­shops in cre­ative activism around the world.

Mike Bonanno

Mike Bonan­no (AKA Igor Vamos) is a co-founder of the noto­ri­ous group of trick­ster-activists known as The Yes Men. For over three decades Bonan­no has been pulling off out­ra­geous, atten­tion-get­ting actions for a vari­ety of caus­es. He is also a pro­fes­sor with over three decades of teach­ing expe­ri­ence, and cur­rent­ly serves as Direc­tor of Grad­u­ate Pro­grams in Art at RPI in Troy, NY. 

Gitz Crazyboy

Gitz Crazy­boy is a Dene and Black­foot activist and youth work­er who is part of a move­ment that is decol­o­niz­ing indige­nous stud­ies. Gitz is also a mis­chief-mak­er who has co-cre­at­ed sev­er­al Yes Men media spec­ta­cles, includ­ing an infil­tra­tion of a US Home­land Secu­ri­ty con­fer­ence that became the final scene in the award-win­ning film The Yes Men Are Revolt­ing. Gitz is com­plet­ing his Master’s degree in Edu­ca­tion, in Calgary. 

Jeff Walburn

Jeff Wal­burn (AKA Keil Troisi) has col­lab­o­rat­ed with the Yes Men since 2011, lead­ing work­shops and cre­at­ing media-hack­ing actions that use humor, sur­prise, and trick­ery to ampli­fy part­ner cam­paigns. He worked for a decade as a screen­play edi­tor and sto­ry ana­lyst, and in 2019 won a New York Foun­da­tion for the Arts Fel­low­ship for Screen­writ­ing-Play­writ­ing. Jeff is the lone founder of The Fix­ers, an inter­na­tion­al con­spir­a­cy to dis­rupt sys­tems of pow­er and fix kinks in the uni­verse (or make them kinkier).

Natalie Whiteman

Natal­ie White­man (AKA Mol­ly Gore) has col­lab­o­rat­ed with the Yes Men since 2019, co-pro­duc­ing cre­ative inter­ven­tions to sup­port pro­gres­sive move­ments. A for­mer jour­nal­ist, she cov­ered the cam­paign of Jon Gnarr, Iceland’s come­di­an-turned-may­or, co-authored two cook­books, and direct­ed a dadaist street the­ater project, The Salt­ed Cod­piece. Despite absurd claims to the con­trary, Natal­ie is the actu­al founder of The Fix­ers, a world-renowned scheme to fix the bad, the bro­ken, and the boring.

Megan Paradis-Hanley

Megan has been schem­ing with the Yes Men since 2012, train­ing activists and man­ag­ing projects in sup­port of immi­grants’ rights and gen­der jus­tice. She is also the Co-Artis­tic Direc­tor of The Syn­di­cate, an ensem­ble the­ater com­pa­ny that pro­duces plays by women, queer, and trans+ artists. She has col­lab­o­rat­ed with activists and artists in Peru, Mex­i­co, Brazil, Gali­cia, and Tan­za­nia. Megan teach­es the­ater at the New School, with SITI Com­pa­ny, and in NYC pub­lic schools. 

Cristian Fleming

Cris­t­ian is an activist, design­er, illus­tra­tor and the founder of two com­pa­nies. One, called The Pub­lic Soci­ety, works with part­ners all over the world to design sys­tems, cam­paigns, expe­ri­ences, and brands cen­tered around cli­mate action, social equi­ty, and the envi­ron­ment. The sec­ond, called Super­Col­lid­er, part­ners with ear­ly stage invest­ment firms focused on fund­ing world-pos­i­tive inno­va­tion to help them inte­grate design think­ing into their own process­es. In addi­tion to his pro­fes­sion­al pur­suits, Cris­t­ian also throws a con­sid­er­able amount of him­self into activist design for the same caus­es that dri­ve his work, and has col­lab­o­rat­ed with the Yes Men since 2009.