Every year on March 31st, we celebrate Transgender Day of Visibility. This is a day for us to bring attention to the accomplishments of trans people around the globe, while dismantling transphobia and cissexism through spreading knowledge and awareness. This year, join Ianne Fields Stewart, L Morgan Lee, Samy Nour Younes, and Maybe Burke for an afternoon of repertoire composed solely by trans and GNC people.
(IN)Visibility is an unapologetically trans concert that celebrates trans people stepping out of the shadows society has kept us in for so long. A space for people to come and celebrate the work of trans identified artists in musical theatre. A time for celebration and song. A day for visibility. Hosted by Pooya Mohseni.
Ianne Fields Stewart (@thefreeactorvist) is a Black, queer, and transfeminine New York-based storyteller working at the intersection of theatre and activism. A native of Birmingham, AL, their work centers in creating radical stories that shift social narratives around the lives and experiences of marginalized people. As a performer, Ianne has worked consistently in productions at NYC venues such as Joe’s Pub, Dixon Place, Black Spectrum Theatre, and more. Ianne can also be seen on Buzzfeed LGBT, the You Had Me at Black podcast, the #Safewordsociety podcast, Podcast of Color, and the Is it Transphobic Podcast. In the summer of 2017, Ianne was selected out of over 500 applicants to be one of the 15 US Fellows for Humanity in Action's 2017 John Lewis Fellowship. Since this, Ianne has developed their activism into a community engagement consulting practice with various theatrical companies and productions as well as multiple teaching artistry positions that have taken them from NYC Public Charter schools to the Rose M. Singer Center on Riker’s Island.
L Morgan Lee (@lmorganlee) is an actress, photographer, and sometimes writer. On stage, she has been seen Off Broadway, National and International tours, and in Concerts in NYC, Berlin, and London. As a photographer, her portraits have been published internationally and spotted on Bravo's Real Housewives of New Jersey. A proud member of Actors Equity Association, L Morgan is dedicated to being a part of new work that gives voice to marginalized groups as well as reimagining the classics. She was recently featured in Musical Theatre Today (Vol. 2) on a panel discussing "Bringing the Trans Experience to the Stage.” lmorganlee.com
Samy Nour Younes (@nourypublic) is a Lebanese/Boricua actor and activist. In addition to performing, he has worked as a teaching artist for Smithsonian Discovery Theater, Kaiser Permanente Educational Theater, and Young Playwrights’ Theater. In 2017, Samy Nour published his first-ever op-ed in The Advocate, on the challenges of being a trans actor of color. He has since appeared in a Buzzfeed video to address the same issue, and has taken to Medium to publish new work. Samy Nour was a 2018 fellow at the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, as well as a resident at TED, which culminated in a TED talk on trans history. He aims to highlight the diversity of the transgender experience—not just their struggles, but also their triumph.
Maybe Burke (@believeinmaybe) is an actor, writer, and human rights advocate interested in telling the stories that haven't been told. NYC: The Testament of Josh (The Brick) Red Emma & the Mad Monk (The Tank, Ars Nova), Love Letters to Nobody (The Brick, The Wild Project), TB Sheets (ARTNY). Maybe is a trainer for the Transgender Training Institute and the founder of The Trans Literacy Project with Honest Accomplice Theatre. They have spoken on numerous panels and videos about representation, from Buzzfeed to BroadwayCon. In 2018 Maybe was a Trans Lab Fellow and a nominee for the Doric Wilson Independent Playwright Award. They won the 2018 Fresh Fruit Spirit Award for “Fostering Pride, Survival, History, and Progress.” BA Directing, Pace University. maybeburke.com
About Musical Theatre Factory
Musical Theatre Factory is a nonprofit artist service organization dedicated to helping musical theatre makers develop and present new work in a collaborative environment free from the pressures of critical or commercial success. www.mtf.nyc