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Globally recognized as Hollywood’s first openly gay actor, and then following an announcement on Entertainment Tonight as the first actor in Hollywood to come out as HIV-positive, Michael Kearns has been a provocative and impassioned voice in the cultural and artistic landscape of America and beyond for nearly fifty years. In addition to teaching private and group writing classes, Kearns is presently an Artistic Associate at the esteemed Skylight Theatre in Los Angeles, Artist-in-Residence at Housing Works, and Artistic Director of QueerWise, a Spoken Word Collective he founded in 2011.

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by Michael Kearns
Likely sensing my trepidation, she made eye contact from across the spacious outdoor rehearsal space. She smiled and I smiled back, believed to be acknowledged on the first day of rehearsal. My mom had told me about her: the first actress to have her own television series (yep, pre Lucy), short-lived early marriages, a long-standing on-air flirtation with talk show host Jack Parr, and popular among both men and women. As soon as the lunch
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“Trace and Miggs Burroughs speak with the incredibly engaging, witty and passionate actor Michael Kearns, who made news in the 1970s as being the first Hollywood actor to come out as being gay. He pulls back the curtain on Hollywood, some of its players, the dark side of adoption, and living with HIV.”  Oh Brother, Not Another Podcast
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LOS ANGELES, CA – September 13, 2021 – Echo Park’s stalwart indie bookstore, Stories Books & Cafe, is pleased to present a special evening with esteemed Los Angeles playwright Michael Kearns on Wednesday, September 22, 2021, from 7:00 to 9:00pm. To commemorate the publication of his eighth theatre book, Who’s Afraid of Michael Kearns?, the author will be joined by special guest JoNell Kennedy who will reprise her role from Bang Bang—one of the plays from this anthology—with a
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Kearns asks, “Ready for your HIV/AIDS vaccine?” in his fourth episode of Michael Mentors, a blogcast in which the artist-activist speaks to  current issues that move him or infuriate him or confuse him. In this edition, the commentator compares the generational LGBTQ response to AIDS and the response to COVID; he applauds Moderna for their movement in making a vaccine come true; he wonders if the 21 st Century gay boys are missing something and
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  Perhaps one of the most cherished men of the Los Angeles theatre is Steven Leigh Morris, a playwright, novelist, and theatre critic whose crisp intellect and unwavering energy has given him a powerful voice on the cultural landscape. And I was lucky enough to do the fortieth episode of “Animal Farm: Conversations on Theatre and Politics with Steven Leigh Morris and Guests.” Steven is a class act; he carries himself—if you can carry yourself
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Join us on Saturday, June 26th at 7pm for QueerGender  a livestream spoken word by my writing group QueerWise.  Here’s a little taste of the show.    
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