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.
Queer Eye for Theatre Critics | americantheatre.org Four writing tips for theatre critics writing about LGBTQ+ works and artists
Want to find some work by Trans artists to produce?
The New Play Exchange | https://newplayexchange.org/ 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 | https://nonbinarymonologues.wordpress.com/ 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 | http://joshuabastiancole.weebly.com/blog/the-killjoys 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.
Want to learn more about other organizations doing this work?
Want to get involved with some trans arts organizations?
The Theater Offensive | thetheateroffensive.org TTO produces art that presents the diversity of LGBTQ lives and focuses on community building
Transgender Talent | transgendertalent.agency 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.
What about general LGBTQ+ organizations?
Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition | masstpc.org
MTPC is an advocacy, education, and community-building organization that works to end discrimination on the basis of gender identity and expression.
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.
StageSource provides leadership and services to advance the art of theater in the Greater Boston and New England region. Our mission is to unite theater artists, theater companies, and related organizations in vision and goals that inspire and empower our community to realize its greatest artistic potential.