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Gender Explosion Initiative

Gender Explosion Initiative

Theater in New England is an overwhelmingly cisgender experience, and the world is rapidly moving forward. Transgender and non-binary artists exist and are ready to work! It is necessary that we all do our part to include them and to create space for gender diverse theater.

There are lots of ways you can foster gender diversity in your theatre. It may feel like a big task, but there are simple changes you can make right now.


Reach out to to inquire about hosting a discussion on Gender Inclusion for your staff, students, or faculty!

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Looking for a quick guide to gender inclusion?

CLICK HERE for 7 achievable actions you can take right now to support your transgender and non-binary coworkers as well as a guide to using pronouns in the theatrical workplace.

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Binary Basics

Want to learn the lingo?

CLICK HERE  for a brief guide to a few key terms related to gender and the trans experience theatrical workplace.  For more vocabulary resources, check out the outside resources list below!

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Click here for a text-only version of this guide.

Beyond the Bathrooms

Looking for a deeper dive?

Read the Gender Explosion Initiative's essay on cultivating meaningful trans inclusion in theatrical spaces at

"It is up to every single one of us to effect change to make the theatre community more inclusive—and this goes beyond gender-neutral restrooms."

 Check out the gender explosion video series!

Gender Explosion: Introduction


Gender Explosion: Ways to Enact Change

Gender Explosion: Why and How to Lead


StageFour: Gender Inclusion


Watch our 2018 Gender Explosion Forum
A moderated panel discussion on ways to foster gender diversity in the New England theatre community—livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network .  Panelists included Mark Lunsford (Artistic Producer—American Repertory Theater), Sarah Shampnois (Managing Director—Company One), and Lelaina Vogel (Co-Director—The Underlings Theatre Co.)  The discussion was moderated by actor/writer/activist MARGE.


oin the Gender Explosion Working Group, and stay up to date and get involved in this work by visiting




StageSource will be attending the 71st Annual SETC Convention in Louisville, KY.
We will be hosting a panel on Exploding Gender: Creating Space for Gender Diverse Theatre.

Check us out on Saturday, February 29th at #SETC2020



GLAAD Tips for Allies  |
A guide to allies of trans and non-binary people on how to best support them

GLAAD Media Guide |
A guide for language and concepts to use or avoid when referring to trans topics

Science ABC |
Gender Spectrum  |
Guides to the differences between sex, gender, identity, and expression

Pronoun Island |
A minimalistically simple guide for how to use almost every pronoun out there

My Pronouns  |
UWM  |
More in-depth guides to pronouns and pronoun usage

Queer Eye for Theatre Critics  |
Four writing tips for theatre critics writing about LGBTQ+ works and artists

Safe Zone Project  |
A free online resource for LGBTQ Awareness and Ally Training workshops & curriculum


The New Play Exchange  |
A network of playwrights, many of whom identify as transgender or non-binary. You can filter plays by subject matter, character identities, and author identities. Part of The National New Play Network.

The Non-Binary Monologues Project  |
A collection of monologues for non-binary actors to find material for auditions. Lists authors and plays that identify with non-binary identity or contain non-binary gender subject matter. Run by a non-binary person.

The Killroy List  |
A 2014 response to The Kilroys List, consisting entirely of trans and non-binary playwrights. Authored by a trans man. More recent Kilroy’s Lists have been inclusive of trans and non-binary writers, but not exclusively.



5050by2020  |
An open letter to Hollywood from their transgender and nonbinary colleagues, and their allies

Transgender Actors Roundtable |
Transgender actors discuss discrimination in Hollywood in a Variety Roundtable

The Theater Offensive  |
TTO produces art that presents the diversity of LGBTQ lives and focuses on community building


Transgender Talent |
Transgender Talent is a listing service for transgender or gender expansive people across the USA and elsewhere. It provides a place to find trans actors, comedians, models, and those behind the scenes.

The Pineapple Project  |
A touring show for early learning, schools, libraries, and conferences around New England to explore ideas and freedom of gender expression.



Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition  |

MTPC is an advocacy, education, and community-building organization that works to end discrimination on the basis of gender identity and expression.


Fenway Health  |

Fenway Health is a community health center working to make life healthier for the people in our neighborhood, the LGBT community, people living with HIV/AIDS and the broader population.   


National Center for Transgender Equality  |

The National Center for Transgender Equality advocates to change policies and society to increase understanding and acceptance of transgender people. In the nation’s capital and throughout the country, NCTE works to replace disrespect, discrimination, and violence with empathy, opportunity, and justice.

OSHA Guide to Restroom Access  |

EEOC Facility Access and Transgender Employees  |

Learn about Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's policies, guides, legal regulations, and best practices for restroom and facility access for trans workers.



Trans Theatre Is More Than a Cast List  |

"The best argument for casting more trans actors is that it gives trans people jobs—and ideally well-paying ones." by AJ Schwartz


Men and Women and Non-Binary People on Boats  |

Exploring new styles of Gender Diversity. By M Sloth Levine


Queer Eye for Theatre Critics: 4 Writing Tips |

Some writers have been stumbling in addressing work about and by LGBTQ artists. Here’s a guide to help them do better. By Caroline Cao, Christian Lewis, Jen Gushue, and M Sloth Levine


Hierarchies of Power  |

Cisgender Playwrights and Trans Characters. By Basil Kreimendahl.


Gender is Performance  |

Why Trans* Actors Should Transcend the Character Breakdown. By Will Wilhelm


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