In what way/s are you involved with THE NAKED I: SELF DEFINED?
I am directing two pieces: What Is Owed by Nikolas Martell and Misgendered, by a Friend, June 21st by Oliver Schminkey. The wonderful Logan Gilbert-Guy is performing What is Owed and the fabulous Oliver is performing their own piece.
Why is it important to tell the stories in THE NAKED I?
In a world filled with normative narratives, it’s really important that queer and trans folks see themselves reflected as much as possible. It’s also important for our narratives to take up space in the world.
What aspects of your identity do you hope to express through your involvement with THE NAKED I?
Even though I didn’t write a piece for the show, both of the pieces I’m directing resonate with my experiences as a trans- and queer-identified person. What is Owed is a powerful piece about the complexities of identity and the shortcoming of labels, language, and others’ ideas about what it means to be [insert identity here]. Misgendered is a beautiful and poignant reflection on that moment when someone close to you misgenders you—how a seemingly small thing is actually a big fucking deal.
Talk about your background as an artist. What sort of artistic experience are you bringing to this production?
In terms of theatre experience, I was part of a small group of queers in Madison, WI who wrote and produced a play comprised of a series of monologues—similar to The Naked I but smaller in scale and reach. I’m a writer and musician and photographer and creator of things.
What other artists or shows have inspired you?
I feel inspired by most people who have heart and show up in an authentic way.
What is your favorite hangout spot and why?
Right now? My bed or bathtub. No explanation needed.
When not involved in this production, how do you spend your time? What are some of your hobbies?
I just started a queer writing group in Minneapolis: Twin Cities Queer Writers (find us on Facebook!). I spend my time creating, meditating, honing my spiritual practice, working part-time jobs, and hanging out with people.
Tell us about your pets, real or imaginary
I am a resident of Catlandia, population: 4 (soon to be 5! Another human, thank goodness). My three cats let me squat in their apartment, which is very generous of them. They keep me around to feed them, open doors, and provide the occasional pat.
What other projects are you working on or hope to work on?
Other than the writing group, right now I’m working on starting a service-based business for queer and trans folks. TBC.