Kai Hazelwood is the founder of Good Trouble Makers and producer of the upcoming first annual Unicorn PARTy in honor of Bisexual Awareness Month. Produced by Good Trouble Makers, the event will take on September 14 at the The Bootleg Theatre in Los Angeles, CA.
Good Trouble Makers are artist-agitators based in Los Angeles and working internationally. Inspired by the words of John Lewis, they are committed to making art, making room, making change, and making good trouble.
Over the past five years, Hazelwood’s community of bi+ movement artists has grown to 12 members. Under the title inVISIBLE, they have created four dance theatre works about bi+ identity, hosted five bi+ community storytelling workshops, and two bi+ story silent discos. In recognition of her work leading the collaborative, Kai was named an artist in residence for the city of Los Angeles.
1. Describe yourself in a six-word sentence.
LA-based dance maker, trouble maker.
2. What was the last thing you shared on social media?
A flyer for Unicorn pARTy! I’m super excited for this event, and I can’t wait to see the amazing line up of bi/queer artists hit the stage and sell their crafts.
3. What do you think is the main challenge facing LGBTQ people in your community?
In my community, the bi+ community, the biggest struggle is visibility. Many people still think bisexuality isn’t real, is often portrayed terribly on television and in media, and the bi+ community faces high rates of depression and suicide due to isolation and discrimination.
4. What is your favorite LGBTQ business where you live?
Bloom and Plume! It’s a fabulous café that I frequent and I love the community they’re building around it. I’ve never had anything less then yummy there.
5. What advice do you have for people looking to get into the dance industry?
Love it so much you couldn’t imagine doing anything else, otherwise go do something else. It’s a harder path than you can imagine, definitely not for the faint of heart, but if you love it, there is nothing better on earth.