Few theatre companies are equipped to sensitively handle shows with trans, intersex, or queer themes. While diversifying casting is important, in isolation it can leave actors in tough positions. A gender consultant:
Allows trans/queer actors to focus on acting, not educating
Provides space & safety for these actors (who often perform scenes related to their personal trauma) to do their best work
Ensures internal and external communications are handled respectfully
Gives shows space to tell their most truthful, impactful stories
What do I do as gender consultant?
Gender sensitivity trainings for staff, cast, & production team
Serve as part of core artistic team for auditions, rehearsals, design meetings, etc.
Rehearsal room support – part expert associate director, part support for trans/queer actors (with goals similar to intimacy design)
Marketing/PR consultation, crafting language for press releases, grants, casting notices, etc.
Guidance for company management and front of house to ensure inclusive spaces
Written content for programs, lobby displays, blogs, etc.