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LGBTQIA+ Theatre

This section contains content about work created by and for the LGBTQIA+ community. Dive in with the series Gender Power and Politics, curated by MJ Kaufman, or Beyond Angry Lesbians and Gay Best Friends: Writing Gender and Sexuality in the 21st Century, a panel from the Dramatists Guild.

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SAY GAY PLAYS: A Call for Theater Activism for LGBTQ+ Rights
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SAY GAY PLAYS: A Call for Theater Activism for LGBTQ+ Rights
How Theatremakers and Educators Can Engage Local Communities Through Storytelling
Wednesday 26 June 2024
Panel: Consultants, Advocates, and Coordinators
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Panel: Consultants, Advocates, and Coordinators
Collaborating with Specialists on Stage and Screen
Wednesday 5 June 2024
United States
Dark & Delicious
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Dark & Delicious
A Safe Havens Freedom Talk
Thursday 28 March 2024
Speedo Activism
Essay

Speedo Activism

Intimacy and the Aesthetics of Resistance

26 September 2016

Priscilla Page on Ricardo Gamboa and Sean James William Parris’ Space Age at Free Street Theater in Chicago, Illinois.

Art in the Time of Fear and Loathing
Essay

Art in the Time of Fear and Loathing

12 September 2016

Playwright Cherry Lou Sy discusses Vineyard Theatre’s production of Indecent, reflecting on the culture of fear and the queer artists who have influenced her.

Notes from the Skybridge Production of Romeo and Juliet
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Notes from the Skybridge Production of Romeo and Juliet

9 September 2016

In this installment, Briandaniel Oglesby shares updates leading up to the performance of his students’ queer adaptation of Romeo & Juliet.

On the Normalization of Queer-themed Theatre
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On the Normalization of Queer-themed Theatre

21 July 2016

Playwright John J. Caswell, Jr. meditates on the trajectory of queer theatre, and the tendency to normalize the form.

Gender Responsive Casting
Essay

Gender Responsive Casting

29 June 2016

Meg Greene explores the casting process as a socially responsible practice that considers and values gender identity.

Conversation Trans in the Indie Theatre Scene at The Trans Theatre Festival
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Conversation Trans in the Indie Theatre Scene at The Trans Theatre Festival

Wednesday 8 June 2016
Brooklyn, NY, United States

The Brick in Brooklyn, New York presented a panel discussion Trans in the Indie Theatre Scene livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Wednesday 8 June at 2 p.m. PDT (Los Angeles) / 4 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 5 p.m. EDT (New York) / 21:00 GMT / 10 p.m. BST (London). Share your thoughts on Twitter with hashtags #transfest and #howlround.

Making Queer Theatre with Young People…in Texas
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Making Queer Theatre with Young People…in Texas

The Project

30 May 2016

In the first installment of his series, playwright Briandaniel Oglesby discusses adapting Romeo & Juliet with youth.

WOW Café Theatre
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WOW Café Theatre

Celebrating the Beginnings of a Historic Women’s Theatre

24 May 2016

Playwright Kathleen Warnock reports on WOW Café Theatre’s reunion and book launch for Memories of the Revolution, which chronicles the first ten years of WOW Café.

Breaking the Binary: A Symposium on Building Trans* / Gender-Non-Conforming / Non-Binary Inclusive Theatre
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Breaking the Binary: A Symposium on Building Trans* / Gender-Non-Conforming / Non-Binary Inclusive Theatre

Monday 16 May 2016
Berkeley, CA, United States

Breaking the Binary is a half-day symposium focused on building trans*/ gender-non-conforming/ non-binary inclusive theatre, co-presented by Berkeley Repertory Theatre and California Shakespeare Theater—livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network howlround.tv Monday 16 May at 3 p.m. PDT to 7:30 p.m. PDT (San Francisco) / 5 p.m. CDT to 9:30 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 6 p.m. EDT to 10:30 p.m. EDT (New York) / 22:00 GMT - 02:30 GMT. Follow the conversation on social media via the hashtag #breakingthebinary2016.

Going Solo
Essay

Going Solo

Self-Producing Purple Eyes

16 May 2016

Playwright Josh Inocéncio shares his experience self-producing and touring his autobiographical solo show Purple Eyes.

The Holly Woodlawn Memorial
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The Holly Woodlawn Memorial

Saturday 14 May 2016
New York, NY, United States

La MaMa in New York City presented the Holly Woodlawn Memorial livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Saturday 14 May at 10:30 a.m. PDT (San Francisco) / 12:30 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 1:30 p.m. EDT (New York) / 17:30 GMT / 6:30 p.m. BST (London) / 19:30 CEST (Berlin). Share your thoughts on Twitter with #howlround and follow @LaMaMaETC and @HowlRoundTV.

Dragging Our Art, Crafting Our Drag
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Dragging Our Art, Crafting Our Drag

The Politics of Drag Performance and Acting

28 March 2016

In this first installment, C. Fischer starts their series, exploring the intersections of gender, drag performance, and acting.

Notes from the Trans Theatre Artists Convening
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Notes from the Trans Theatre Artists Convening

11 March 2016

Azure D. Osborne-Lee and Kestryl Cael Lowery recap the Trans Theatre Artists Convening that took place in December, 2015.

A Town Hall Meeting: Gender Identity, Representation, Theatre
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A Town Hall Meeting: Gender Identity, Representation, Theatre

Monday 7 March 2016
New York, NY, United States

The Public Theater in New York City presented A Town Hall Meeting: Gender Identity, Representation, Theatre livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Monday 7 March at 4 p.m. PST (Los Angeles) / 6 p.m. CST (Chicago) / 7 p.m. EST (New York) / 00:00 GMT Tuesday, March 8 (London). Join the conversation in Twitter with #HowlRound and #PublicForumNY. Follow @howlroundtv@PublicForumNY

An Informal Response to “Preaching to the Converted” by Tim Miller and David Román
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An Informal Response to “Preaching to the Converted” by Tim Miller and David Román

26 January 2016

Dramaturg Alexander Charles Adams writes a response to Tim Miller and David Román’s 1995 essay “Preaching to the Converted.”

Oh Gender, Up Yours!
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Oh Gender, Up Yours!

18 November 2015

Three transmasculine playwrights discuss working in the theatre.

Full of Grace, a Catholic Docudrama
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Full of Grace, a Catholic Docudrama

4 November 2015

Henrik Eger reports on the trajectory of the Catholic docudrama Full of Grace from vision of the late Bishop Joseph Sullivan of Brooklyn to the stage in Philadelphia.

The Hir Symposium Moderated by Author Taylor Mac
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The Hir Symposium Moderated by Author Taylor Mac

Monday 2 November 2015
New York, NY, United States

Playwrights Horizons in New York City presented the Hir Symposium moderated by Hir playwright Taylor Mac livestreamed on the global, commons based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Monday 2 November at 4 p.m. PST (San Francisco) / 6 p.m. CST (Chicago) / 7 p.m. EST (New York). In Twitter, follow @PHnyc@howlroundtv—and use hashtag #howlround.

About Us Without Us
Essay

About Us Without Us

Trans Women, Labor, Power, and Performance

2 November 2015

This installment of the Gender Power and Politics Series is written by Rosza Daniel Lang/Levitsky, who discusses the lack of opportunities for trans women artists.

Conversation: Exploring the Difference between Real and Imagined Bodies on Stage
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Conversation: Exploring the Difference between Real and Imagined Bodies on Stage

Tuesday 13 October 2015
Boston, MA, United States

 

ArtsEmerson in Boston presented a public dialogue Exploring the Difference between Real and Imagined Bodies on Stage livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Tuesday 13 October at 4 p.m. PDT (San Francisco) / 6 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 7 p.m. EDT (New York) / 23:00 GMT. 

TranShakespeare
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TranShakespeare

Lisa Wolpe, and the Art of Empathy

16 August 2015

Director Emma Went interviews international arts activist Lisa Wolpe about the origins and ethos of TranShakespeare.

How We Grow
Essay

How We Grow

An Interview with Azure D. Osborne-Lee

15 August 2015

MJ Kaufman interviews playwright, director, and performer Azure D. Osborne-Lee about his plays and what he sees in the field as a trans artist.

When She Speaks, I Hear Her Revolution
Essay

When She Speaks, I Hear Her Revolution

Salt Lake’s Feminist Open Mic

10 August 2015

Shauna Brock describes Salt Lake City’s monthly open mic series When She Speaks I Hear the Revolution and its strides for diversity and inclusion.

Where are all the bisexuals? Understanding the gray areas of LGBTQ representation
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Where are all the bisexuals? Understanding the gray areas of LGBTQ representation

28 July 2015

Dramaturg Emily White looks at the amount of LGBTQ characters in theatre, film, and television, and wonders why so few of them are bisexual. 

Men on the Verge of a His-Panic Breakdown Turns Twenty
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Men on the Verge of a His-Panic Breakdown Turns Twenty

12 July 2015

Guillermo Reyes reflects on the twentieth anniversary of his play, remembers how it was received, and the challenges he came across making it.