One of the interesting things about representation on stage is that there’s such a locational barrier to seeing most theater in the first place — if you’re not in a cultural hub, you likely won’t have a chance to experience work that’s not centered around white, cisgender, often male privilege.

A native of Asheville, NC and now a Manhattan based writer and producing director, Johnny G. Lloyd (he/his) has had work presented at 59E59, Dixon Place, The Tank, Judson Memorial Church, Theatre Lab (Boca Raton, FL), FringeNYC and more. He’s a semi-finalist for the 2018 Open-Application Commission at Clubbed Thumb…

“There is an explosion waiting to happen on the streets of the Bronx.”

Originally hailing from Los Angeles, CA and Niagara Falls, NY and now a resident and cultural leader in the Bronx, Latinx director Luis Reyes Cardenas is one of the founding members of Open Hydrant Theatre Company, nurturing the arts and theater scene in the theatrically under-served community of Hunt’s Point.

When did you know you wanted to be a director?

The film Terms of Endearment. I was 10 years old and hopped on a bus to the Alex Theatre in Glendale, CA. I couldn’t stop crying for days. I was hooked when I came to the…

Milo Longenecker in The Fantastical Dangerous Journey of Q ©Rebel Playhouse

It’s been a privilege and a pleasure to become my own representative on stage.

Breaking tradition and challenging normative thinking is the highest goal of Rebel Playhouse, currently presenting a daring and accessible new musical for young audience centered around Q, a student who is questioning their gender as they must chose between the boys or the girls soccer team. The Fantastical Dangerous Journey of Q is garnering fascination and many fans. Today we showcase actor Milo Longenecker (they/them/he/him) who plays the titular role.

When did you know you wanted to be an artist?

Since I was very young. My dad played guitar and sang and I learned that from…

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The multitalented star of Difficult People joins forces with a visionary interdisciplinary theatre maker to catapult Musical Theatre Factory to new levels of artistic excellence.

You might know her as Lola from Difficult People and from her trans activism, but in 2014 Artistic Director Shakina Nayfack (She/Her/Hers), launched Musical Theatre Factory and changed the way new musicals are developed in New York City. Throughout the years MTF has partnered with a number prestigious host organizations that include Joe’s Pub, The People’s Improv Theatre, and Playwrights Horizons. …

I grew up in an artistic household surrounded by music, art and drama.

From the early age of two Richarda Abrams (she/her/hers) was already on stage. She recalls playing the mighty role of a mouse.

My dad’s theater colleague Catherine E. Slade asked my parents if I could play this part. I wore this mouse head that was quite warm inside but not too warm for me to say my lines. The first lines I spoke I squeaked. I was quite smitten at 2 years old with the idea of playing in public.

She grew up in Chicago, IL in…

Tanis Parenteau ©Thoshography

“As a person who is Métis, I have yet to see myself or Métis culture/history represented in film or on stage.”

A citizen of the Métis Nation of Alberta, Tanis Parenteau (she/her/hers) knew she wanted to be an actor in her final year of her Bachelor of Physical Education degree at the University of Alberta. Having just one more elective to fill she came across Drama 101…

“I thought ‘that looks fun!’. So I took that class and I discovered I had a passion for something. It opened up something I had never felt before. It was exciting and it…

Antonio Miniño

Genderqueer Dominican artist based in NY. Writer #PersonOfChange Series, showcasing BIPOC & LGBTQ+ warriors.

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