This week’s guests, ayla xuân chi sullivan, Nick Hadikwa Mwaluko, and Roger Q. Mason come from the inaugural New Vision Fellowship for Black trans and gender non-conforming playwrights, a partnership with the National Queer Theatre and Dramatist Guild! As the Fellowship co-founder/lead mentor, Roger shares the genesis of the program, the need for work, mentorship, time, space, and the opportunity to just be. Fellows Nick and ayla discuss their plays in development, having a space where they can be their fullest selves, learning from each other non-hierarchically, and decolonizing the process of professional work. The trio also gets into trans identity as spiritual identity, theatre as a ritual, assumptions about what Black, queer, trans joy looks like, and the gift and journey of preparing the road for the next generation.
Hosts Holly and Meghan discuss how the last year and a half have affected their relationships to theatre, Kristina Wong, Sweatshop Overlord, and signing up for free bystander, conflict de-escalation, harassment response, and resilience training with Hollaback!
You can find a full transcript of this episode here.
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- New Visions Fellowship: Instagram
- ayla xuân chi sullivan: Website | Instagram | Twitter
- Nick Hadikwa Mwaluko: New Play Exchange | Instagram | Twitter
- Roger Q. Mason: Website | Instagram | Twitter
- Afrofuturism with Carnegie Hall
- Diamond Stylz: Marsha’s Plate Podcast | Black Trans Women, Inc
- FIERCE NYC
- National Queer Theatre – with a comment for the New Visions Fellowship!
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