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Queering Casting + Authentic Representation
Please join us for Queering Casting and Authentic Representation, a panel about inclusion and diversity led by queer and trans writers, producers, casting and actors.

Moderated By Kevin Kantor (they/them) and Emily Tarquin (they/them)

Featuring Panelists: Charlie Hano (he/him), TS Hawkins, (they/them) Miss Hazel Jade (she/her), Josephine Kearns (she/her), Sushma Saha (she/they/xe/he), Michelle Mary Schaefer (she/her) and Christine McKenna-Tirella (she/her).


While it is illegal to ask someone’s sexuality and gender identity in hiring practices, authentic representation is vital. How do we bridge the gap? Listen in as Ring of Keys Members discuss the importance of trans and queer representation in our industry, how we can achieve it, and what resources can be used for identity-conscious casting.

This conversation will include queer perspectives in casting, performance, playwrighting, dramaturgy, acting, on and Off-Broadway, and more.

Backstage is presenting the conversation in partnership with Ring of Keys. RoK is an artist service organization that fosters community and visibility for musical theatre professionals—onstage and off—who self-identify as queer women and TGNC artists. It represents 500+ artists in 40+ cities throughout the United States, Canada, and England. By providing community outreach to advocate for and amplify queer women and TGNC artists and widening the public’s engagement with and education about queer stories, Ring of Keys queers the stage to create a more inclusive musical theater landscape for all.

May 10, 2021 04:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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