TransActing facilitates high quality exchange, collaboration and creative outputs with a range of creative industry professionals



Gendered Intelligence’s Professional Services team can also advise theatres and other arts organisations on developing trans-inclusive policy and practice for the benefit of staff, artists and customers.


Our consultancy service for Creatives can:


  • Support individuals in developing a deeper understanding of trans issues
  • Assist with any other trans-related queries, like your query around working casting calls for example.


We are open to working together with individuals and organisations on any aspect of trans-inclusion and welcome opportunities to collaborate on responses to new or developing requirements.


Examples of our collaborative approach to consultancy include



  • Working with playwright Jon Brittain and Hartshorn-Hook productions in the early stages of development of the Olivier Award-winning play Rotterdam
  • Meeting actor Sharon Duncan-Brewster to chat about trans experience as part of her research for the role of Sam in Stef Smith’s Swallow at the Edinburgh festival
  • Facilitating Evan Placey’s research for his play Pronoun with young trans people from Gendered Intelligence.  Pronoun was commissioned as part of the 2014 National Theatre Connections Festival. The play has been performed by 40 youth companies across the United Kingdom, opening up discussions about transgender issues with the young people taking part, and audiences alike. Evan is an alumnus of The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama which was a second aspect of his link to Catherine McNamara.


We have also built partnerships theatres across the UK, including West Yorkshire Playhouse, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Bristol Old Vic and London’s Royal Court Theatre.

A number of industry professionals have generously donated their time to take part in TransActing courses, whether as tutors or invited special guests.

Sarah Hughes (Sarah Hughes Casting, Frantic Assembly Theatre Company, Alan Ayckbourn and various TV work) joined us to talk about the auditioning process, and what casting directors look for as well as consideration of the value and importance of Spotlight, membership of Equity (the actors’ union) and the role of the agent.


Actor Sharon Duncan-Brewster talked about her experiences of the industry, as well as her recent role in the play Swallow Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh playing a trans character.


Actor Rebecca Root talked about her experience of playing Judy in the BBC Sitcom Boy Meets Girl and her other work on television and film.


Writers Jon Brittain and Peter Machen talked about writing & producing trans characters and storylines



If you are interested in finding out more about our consultancy services or to contributing to future TransActing courses, please get in touch.


Consultancy and Partnership