It’s wonderful to see TransActing alumni on stage or screen. Some participants are already aiming for a career in performing arts and TransActing helps them make new connections. Others find that TransActing gives them enough confidence to start taking their desire to act, perform or write seriously for the first time.
Participants have gone on to secure acting work in the television and theatre. Paid work has been undertaken with the Royal Court Theatre, the National Theatre of Scotland, the BBC, Clay & Diamonds Theatre Company and Theatre Royal Stratford East, among others.
However, paid opportunities aren't the only gauge of the project’s success.
Some participants have used the confidence gained from the workshops in exam presentations, or have gone on to other acting classes and theatre workshops buoyed by their experience in a supportive space for trans performers.
Many of the young people who attended our dedicated youth workshops took part to meet other young trans and non-binary people, learn more about drama and have fun.
Below you can find the profiles of some TransActing participants who have benefitted from taking part in TransActing and being part of our alumni network.
Harrison Knights is an actor and musician with an honours degree in music from the Birmingham Conservatoire.
He has taken part in the Adam Workshop with the National Theatre of Scotland (October 2015) and has won roles in Adam World Choir (Nov 2016 and May 2017) as Lead Vocalist, in Boy Meets Girl, in the docufilm 'Self Made Man’. Harrison has also performed in Adams Apple at LIFT, at Hoxton Hall and Manchester Royal Exchange. Recently he played Nick in radio play Relativity, directed by Polly Thomas for BBC R4.
“A highlight of the TransActing course for me was meeting Eddie Redmayne. I kept up the connection and recently auditioned for casting director Fiona Weir who spoke to some agents for me and I am now represented by Belfield and Ward”
“The workshops were fantastic especially the voice workshop not only for acting purposes but also for general confidence. It's being able to express myself confidently in an open space. The group has opened so many doors for me I can't thank this course enough.”
After taking part in TransActing, Ash auditioned at the BBC and was able to get his first TV line in BBC 2 sitcom Boy Meets Girl. He has also taken part in a Guardian documentary and made a network of actors and casting directors. He acted with the RSC in Gregory Doran's production of King Lear.
In July-August 2017, Ash had a leading role in Rikki Beadle-Blair’s Summer in London at Theatre Royal Stratford East.
He is currently devising his own piece for Edinburgh Fringe in 2018.
Jason Barker is an artist, award-winning filmmaker, actor, and a facilitator at Gendered Intelligence.
After taking part in TransActing, Jason starred in Silly Girl, a short play written by and performed with Ellie Kendrick at The Royal Court Theatre in February 2016. He also took part in a short film of the same name based on the play, directed by Hope Dickson Leach.
Jason is currently co-writing a radio play with Ellie Kendrick, who I met through the play at The Royal Court and we're in development with a BBC producer.
“During the course, my highlights were the voice workshop and the method acting introduction and generally all the exercises and games.”
Victoria is an associate managing director and actor in Philippine Theatre UK. She has also appeared in various theatre show such as Rise with The Old Vic Community Company, My Dad's Gap Year at Bush Theatre and played Summer in "Summer in London" written and directed by Sir Rikki Beadle-Blair at Theatre Royal Stratford East in 2017.
"Finding out about the Gendered Intelligence TransActing workshop during the BFI Flare LGBT Film Festival made me feel more confidently connected in my passion as an actor, transgender woman and as a person. I am a human being making the most out of life by meeting new friends, improving myself personally and professionally and that's what the TransActing workshop is utterly about for me”.
Misia Butler took part in the inaugural TransActing course in 2015 when he was 16 years old.
In March 2016 he played Robert Calvert (a 16 year old trans boy who comes out to his friend) on Casualty Season 30 Episode 26. Misia has a role in upcoming E4 television series Kiss Me First.
He is currently attempting to direct, produce and act in an amateur production and has written a play for the New Views National Playwriting Competition
“My TransActing highlight was working with a camera on our faces to explore the nuance of screen acting”.
“TransActing was a helpful step on the journey, to support my long-standing passion for the craft of acting, and further me along the path of developing a career as an actor. This, plus the associated media interest, opened up opportunities and lead to further extensive and ongoing training and developing my professional CV. My agent specifically spotted me via the Guardian article and interview that was written covering the Transacting project.”
Ed Zephyr has trained with some of the most renowned actors, directors and tutors in the industry. Ed has been tutored at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (through Gendered Intelligence) as well as numerous other courses at institutions including The Poor School, The Why Not Institute, InSitu Theatre Company and The Actors Centre.
Theatre credits include: Orlando: The Queer Element (BFI); The Picture of Dorian Gray (Claire Fellows' Gardens); Beauty and the Beast (UK tour); Dick Whittington (UK tour); Losing My Religion, Trimalchio (ADC Theatre).
Film credits include: Deadly Game IV; The Legend of Holly Turner; Ghost (short); The Unseen (short); Yosef (short); Left Behind (short); Rewind (short).
"As a writer, I attended my first TransActing workshop for networking rather than acting. But what I learned was so much more than I'd expected. Great tutors and a great group of students made the day one that has left an indelible mark on both my writing and the small amount of amateur acting that I do to help raise funds for my local Village Hall. My second workshop proved even better and gave me greater confidence in both my voice and public speaking.
Since attending the workshop I have become a regular attendee at local 'spoken voice open mic' sessions and a script I'm working on was the only one chosen for both the 'Actors Table Read' and 'Jim Uhls Safehouse' at the 2016 London Screenwriters Festival. LSF is the largest festival of its kind in the world with 1000 attendees, so this was quite an achievement. I also, with a different project, was one of just a select few who gained a place in a one-to-one session with four trade experts. TransActing workshops deliver far more than you anticipate.
TransActing is not solely for actors or those who would like to break into the industry.
Many participants come along to our workshops to work on their voice and presentation skills. This can lead to improved confidence:
“I have to give presentations as part of my professional career (sadly not in acting). My discomfort with my own voice had made public speaking even more painful than it usually is. Having warn-up techniques and tricks to help align my voice with my gender has made such a huge difference. I am getting to the point where I have actually started to relax and enjoy myself in front of an audience, something that I never thought would be possible!” – TransActing participant, 36