TRANS DAY OF VISIBILITY NETWORKING BRUNCH AND PANEL
In honor of Transgender Day of Visibility, Two River Theater will be hosting an event for transgender people in the performing arts industry, as well as their allies. Come grab some breakfast food, network with fellow artists, and stay for our panel comprised of professional artists sharing their experiences and perspectives.
11 AM: Networking Hour Begins
12:30 PM: Panel Begins in Marion Huber Theater
MEET THE PANELISTS
Donnie Cianciotto (He/They) is a transgender actor, activist, drag artist, and cabaret performer who has been seen on stage at The Public Theater, 54 Below, The Green Room 42, Joe’s Pub, The Cutting Room, Le Poisson Rouge, and more. Some of the panels he has spoken on include BroadwayCon, Samuel French’s #IdentityWeek, The Artist Co-op, and Brain Lab, and he has appeared in videos for NowThis Media, Buzzfeed, and VICE News. He is the creator and producer of Trans Voices Cabaret (Ig: @transvoicescabaret) which has highlighted the talents of trans and nonbinary performers in the musical theater community since 2017, and also has chapters in Portland, Chicago, Los Angeles, and London. His drag persona, Anson Reign (Ig: @ansonreign), can be found performing throughout NYC and producing the live-singing drag show Drag Out Loud (Ig: drag_out_loud) in Brooklyn that also highlights trans and nonbinary entertainers, as well as drag kings and femme performers. You can follow Donnie on Instagram at @thedonniecianciotto.
ien DeNio – two-time Drama Desk nominated enby who always leaves their umbrella at home. This makes their mother make that exasperated noise.. the one you hear in your head when she’s gone. That one. Bet you heard it in your head. Sound Designed. They have designed many shows in many places, and shan’t play favorites by listing only a few. But all were magnificently sonorous. And teched in the rain. Without an umbrella. www.iendenio.com [Neverbugs… little ones.]
Em Hausmann (they/them) is a Brooklyn-based Director/Performer originally from Victoria, Texas. Since moving to New York in 2016, Emily made both professional performance and directorial debuts at the Madison Theatre on Long Island, where they frequently return to work as a Director and Associate Director. They’ve worked as both a performer and director in the New York metropolitan area at venues such as The Triad, Theater for the New City, The Green Room 42, Town Stages, CAP21, The Tank, and Irvington Theater. BFA (Theatre Arts/Musical Theatre): Molloy College/CAP21 Conservatory. Recent credits: And the Lights of the Borealis Were Shining (World Premiere), The Very Last Dance of Homeless Joe (World Premiere), Elf the Musical, Xanadu, Carousel: A Concert, A Tiny Little Sky (Staged Reading – NYC Premiere), Okay. (NYC Premiere), The Wizard of Oz TYA, Urinetown, Experience Marianas! (World Premiere), Last Call. Upcoming: Jad Jacob’s Beethoven: Live In Concert, Riley Elton McCarthy’s Take Me Down to the Levee, Kitchen Sink Theatre Company’s ASL Next to Normal. emilyhausmann.com
JJ Maley (they/he/ze) is a trans nonbinary Tony-winning producer, actor, writer, director, and consultant. They recently filmed a TBA mini-series, starred in a short film called Run For It, and recorded the Audio/Visual Album as the part of Max in Love is Love is Love: The Musical. JJ made their Broadway debut as a Producer on Indecent (Tony Nomination) by Paula Vogel. Their recent shows on Broadway include Be More Chill, A Strange Loop (Tony Winner), and What the Constitution Means to Me (Tony Nomination). JJ is also the consultant on an upcoming Amazon series and consulting with nonprofits on gender topics and representation. They are directing an upcoming project called Always A Boy based on the novel by Jo Ivester. He was in The Academy for improv and Advanced Study Sketch at UCB. They performed with We Will Slay and Slow Fuse at UCB Hell’s Kitchen. Currently, JJ works as the Director of Entertainment at Lavender Entertainment.
Samekh Resh is an actor, writer (of many forms) and a burgeoning programmer. They have recently been spotted in The Lights of the Borealis were Shining as Nolan, and in The Last Dance Of Homeless Joe as The Great Banzini. They were recently published in the Black Survivorship zine published by Change Rape Culture. They spend their spare time with their two cats, Stella and Rae, while they write and write and write.
Saawan Tiwari (they/she) is an up-and-coming costume designer currently based in New York City having recently graduated from the University of Michigan. Saawan has been fortunate to design many new queer plays and musicals in development, including Before the Flood, Bruise and Thorn, and Prospect Hill. Other recent projects include Hip Hop Cinderella, Footloose at American Stage, Far From Canterbury, Yerma, and Bare the Pop Opera. Saawan works for Roundabout Theatre Company as a Teaching Artist, and is a direct contributor to their EDI Transformation Team. Saawan is a proud member of the AAPI and LGBTQ+ communities, identifying as non-binary transfem.