Woodzick | Breakout Session
"Queering the Musical Theatre Stage"
About this session: In order for theatres and theatre leaders to understand the importance of queer representation, they must first understand the intersectionality of musical theatre, gender identity and sexuality.
In this session, we will discuss queering the musical theatre medium and:
1) Address the gender inequality in relationship to queer visibility
2) Explore how queer casting can aid gender parity and resolve gender stereotypes
3) Highlight the work theatres are already doing to queer the stage
As we catalyze on a movement of gender equity and queer inclusion, our aim is to inspire musical theatre writers to tell our stories, to encourage theatre leaders to champion queer women+, trans, and gender non-conforming artists, and to mobilize the industry to celebrate our diversity as an asset.
This is how we can kick (ball-change) the closet door open to create a vibrant, diverse musical theatre landscape for the future.
K. Woodzick is an actor, director, writer and producer. Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, Woodzick holds a BA in Theatre/Dance from Luther College, an MFA in Contemporary Performance from Naropa University and is currently a PhD student in the Theatre and Performance Studies program at University of Colorado Boulder. In 2017, their Boulder Fringe Show, A Genderqueer Cabaret, was one of the best-attended shows of the festival. Their MFA thesis, Trans/Actions, premiered in February 2018 at the inaugural Theatre Made in Boulder Festival. Woodzick is the founder of The Non-Binary Monologues Project, which features monologues for non-binary, transgender and gender non-conforming actors. They recently finished a collaboration with square product theatre and Page 23, the literary festival associated with Denver Comic Con, titled TesserACT: Dimensions of Gender (or Queernomicon at Comic Con.) Learn more at www.woodzick.com.