News: “Dreaming the Queer Future”: Peppermint in Conversation with the New Visions Fellowship on 7/8
|Peppermint. Photo courtesy Emily Owens PR|
The conversation will take place on Zoom and will launch a fundraiser for the New Visions Fellowship, an innovative new artistic program established by National Queer Theater and The Dramatists Guild of America. The Fellowship is a rigorous year-long professional development initiative aimed at celebrating the brilliance of and uplifting Black TGNC writers in the face of the systemic exclusion that Black TGNC writers have endured within American theater.
The entertainment industry not only struggles in depicting TGNC lives but it also falls short of hiring trans people to tell our own stories. This is especially true in American theater; the Asian American Performers Action Coalition’s latest Visibility Report reported that of the 37 shows that either opened or were slated to open on Broadway, none featured trans roles. According to Production Pro, this past season had 365 titled characters, of which only 0.27% of roles were “nonbinary plural.” The Actor’s Equity Association’s latest DEI report found that, from 2016 to 2019, a total of 93,957 Equity contracts were issued nation-wide. Of those contracts, only 0.65% were issued to actors who self-identify as transgender or non-binary.
The dialog hosted by Peppermint will explore how TGNC-led stories and characters on stages have the capacity to humanize through art, and how other TGNC artists and individuals can begin to imagine more fully realized lives as individuals in society as a result. Additionally, this conversation will serve as a fundraiser for ongoing efforts to support these artists. The event will be FREE and open for all to attend.