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.
WANT TO HOST A PANEL OR WORKSHOP BY GENDER EXPLOSION?
Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about hosting a discussion on Gender Inclusion for your staff, students, or faculty!
Looking for a quick guide to gender inclusion?
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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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Looking for a deeper dive?
Read the Gender Explosion Initiative's essay on cultivating meaningful trans inclusion in theatrical spaces at HowlRound.com
"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!
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.
WANT TO JOIN US IN EXPLODING GENDER?
Join the Gender Explosion Working Group, and stay up to date and get involved in this work by visiting groups.google.com/group/genderexplosion
COME SAY HI !
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
BRUSH UP ON GENDER-INCLUSIVE TERMS & CONCEPTS
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 | genderspectrum.org/quick-links/understanding-gender
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 | uwm.edu/lgbtrc/support/gender-pronouns
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
FIND 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.
LEARN ABOUT OTHER ORGANIZATIONS DOING THIS WORK
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.
NON-ARTS-RELATED LGBTQ+ ORGANIZATIONS
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 | osha.gov
EEOC Facility Access and Transgender Employees | eeoc.gov
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 | howlround.com
Exploring new styles of Gender Diversity. By M Sloth Levine
Queer Eye for Theatre Critics: 4 Writing Tips | americantheatre.org
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 | howlround.com
Cisgender Playwrights and Trans Characters. By Basil Kreimendahl.
Gender is Performance | howlround.com
Why Trans* Actors Should Transcend the Character Breakdown. By Will Wilhelm