The Trans AND virtual performance festival brings together trans and gender-nonconforming artists from across the country for a weekend of genre-blending, gender-defying acts and dialogues exploring the intersections of art, identity, activism and community. The festival is a two-day event. Day one, sponsored by the Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute (TRI), consists of two hour-long webinar panels.Each panel will be made up of three artists and a moderator. In the first panel at 4:00 p.m., Azure D. Osborne Lee, Penny Sterling, and Siri Gurudev will discuss how their work creates space for stories that explore the intersections of trans identity with queerness, racial identity, parenthood, and migration. In the second panel at 5:30 p.m., Dillon Yrugeas and Rebecca Kling will discuss the overlap of their work in theatre and performance with their activism to build more equitable and inclusive spaces through performance from the black box theatre to state congressional hearings.
Both panels will be followed by an audience Q&A. Beth Kattelman and Mara Frazier will provide introductions for the sessions featuring gender-related materials from TRI. Panels will be moderated by trans student Nicolas Shannon Savard. Day two is hosted and sponsored by The Syndicate (graduate student theatre group) and the Performance Studies Working Group.