Beth Stephens is a performance artist, filmmaker and writer. For the last 14 years her work has been made in collaboration with Annie Sprinkle. Together they are at the forefront of the growing ecosex movement. This movement engages a diverse and interdisciplinary group of outsider activists, theorists, artists, and sex workers as it creates spaces for imagining other kinds of futures, particularly in the face of climate change. Stephens received her Ph.D. from UC Davis in Performance Studies and MFA in Art from Rutgers University. She is currently a professor in the Art Department at UC Santa Cruz.
Annie M. Sprinkle was a porn star who was one of the pivotal players in the 80’s “sex positive feminist movement.” Her film, The Sluts & Goddesses Video Workshop Or How to Be A Sex Goddess in 101 Easy Steps, played over 300 international film festivals and art venues, including the Guggenheim Museum and is considered a women’s sex film classic. She’s been involved in many documentaries and features (Gendernauts, Inside Deep Throat, The Naked Feminist, NY77, Monica Truet’s My Father is Coming), and been in many TV shows such as four HBO Real Sex segments and The Sexual Revolution on the History Channel. She started out in x-rated feature films in the 70’s and 80’s. She was the first porn star to earn a Ph.D.. Her film, Annie Sprinkle’s Herstory of Porn, is an experimental film diary about her experiences in the porn industry. Sprinkle’s multi-media art projects are currently dedicated to exploring ecosex and sexecology, helping to make the world a more sustainable, love-filled, place, and helping make the environmental movement, more sexy, fun and diverse.