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Conversations Between Artists #25

  • Think Coffee 248 Mercer Street (Front Upstairs) New York, NY, 10012 United States (map)

 

“Intersectional Thespianism”

Beyond the Binary in Casting and Writing

Moderated by: Mickey Johnson

Talking Points

  •  So when I say transgender tell me what your understanding of that is. 

  • What about when I say non-binary? Where do you typically encounter these words/ definitions?

  • When I say trans characters who comes to mind? Are these realistic representations? 

  • What are some of the casting/writing stereotypes for trans/non-binary characters? Which of these should be outlawed?

  • How do we stay away from these stereotypes?

  • What are the warning signs in a character breakdown that would let you know this character is a stereotype? 

  • What realistic challenges do you believe trans/non-binary actors face each day that diminish their power in an audition room, rehearsal, performance, survival jobs? What tools can we use to combat this? 

  • What are examples of trans/non-binary characters that resonate with you? What about the role makes them stand out as fully developed? 

  • What are examples of trans/non-binary characters that do not resonate with you? What are the reasons why these characters fell flat? 

  • What trans characters do you wish were more represented?

  • How do you write a character who’s experience is so outside of your own? 

  •  What helps you understand the needs/desires of your characters? What would help translate that to a trans/non-binary character? 

  • What are some things we can do every day to build up our understanding trans/non-binary folks. Where do we start as playwrights, directors, and actors to exemplify allyship? 

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