#BreakingTheBinary is a free and public symposium focusing on accessibility for trans* people working in the arts presented by the American Repertory Theater at the Oberon. The event included a panel discussion of trans-identified theatre workers—livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network howlround.tv Monday 30 January at 12 p.m. EST to 1:00 p.m. EST (Boston) / 11 a.m. CST to 12 p.m. CST (Chicago) / 10 a.m. MST to 11 a.m. MST (Denver) / 9 a.m. PST to 10 a.m. PST (San Francisco)/ 17:00 GMT—18:00 GMT.
The opening panel discussion features trans* theatre workers from a cross-section of the field (artists, arts administration, production, development, management), who will discuss barriers and what it looks like to retain staff with these identities and this knowledge.
The event is a direct response to the need for education around TGNCNB2-S (trans, gender non-conforming, non-binary, Two Spirit) identity in the theatre field (and arts in general). This includes acknowledging the ways in which local arts ecosystems in cities across the country have vibrant queer and trans* arts community that are largely separate from the regional theatre community and the importance of highlighting the work of local artists.
#BreakingtheBinary is a project, conceived and organized by Lisa Evans and SK Kerastas, that works with theatre arts organizations to create sustainable practices for TGNCNB2-S (trans, gender non-conforming, non-binary, Two Spirit) inclusion.
Panelists (from left to right):
Dr. P. Carl, Artistic Director ArtsEmerson/HowlRound
Vic Quintanar, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Lexi Adsit, Managing Director Peacock Rebellion
Kat Nakaji, Production Supervisor American Repertory Theater
NIC Kay, Independent Artist
About the Facilitators
Lisa Evans is a black, non-binary femme actor, poet, and cultural worker based out of Oakland, CA, where they currently work at the California Shakespeare Theater as the Associate Director of Artistic Engagement.
SK Kerastas is a white, trans non-binary social justice theatremaker, educator, and arts organizer also based out of Oakland.
Together, they form the team behind #BreakingtheBinary and are working with American Repertory Theater at Harvard University to deepen the programming around the show Trans Scripts Part I: The Women and the ID Festival, two works that center trans* voices.
About HowlRound TV
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