Kick off Pride Month with Queer and Courageous: Stories of Existence and Resistance on Saturday, May 20 at 3 p.m. in the PONCHO Forum as LGBTQIA+ storytellers across Puget Sound share stories through performance, music, literature, and more to benefit Gender Justice League.
Queer and Courageous celebrates what unites all queer people: stories that liberate and inflame the LGBTQIA+ spirit. This one-time event is a culmination of a queer storytelling cohort led by Seattle Rep’s Native Artist-in-Residence D.A. Navoti. After the showcase, join us for a reception in the Rotunda.
Cast & Creative
2022/23 Native Artist-in-Residence
D.A. Navoti is a member of the Gila River Indian Community and a multidisciplinary storyteller, writer, and composer. He is a 2022 Artist Trust Fellowship awardee and a 2022 Artist Support Program (ASP) resident with Jackstraw Cultural Center. Previously, Navoti was a writer fellow at Jack Straw Cultural Center (2016) and Hugo House (2017). His literary work has appeared in Homology Lit, Spartan, Indian Country Today, Cloudthroat, and elsewhere. And recently, Navoti founded and curated We the Indigenous, a West Coast literary series. Learn more at www.danavoti.com
Artist and Writer
Dana Anastasia (they/them) is a Queer, agender artist currently living on occupied Snoqualmie land. Their most recent work peers at the concept of Queer "enough-ness" through personal, historical, and cultural lenses, to create space for the belief that Queerness is a birthright. Follow along on Instagram @notqueerenough.
Multidisciplinary Artist and Writer
Brandi Douglas (She/They) is a member of the Puyallup Tribe, a descendent of the Muckleshoot and Nooksack Nations and is Mexican and Black American. They currently reside on traditional Puyallup Tribal territory in Tacoma, Washington. Brandi is a multidisciplinary artist, whose works are inspired by their intersectional experience as a queer, multiracial, neurodivergent person. They are a published writer, having been featured in We Need A Reckoning, an anthology showcasing the voices of women and non-binary people of color. Brandi currently works in the communications department at NDN Collective, an Indigenous power-building organization.
Television, Film, and Theatre Actor
Amy Mayes was named after a country song. Her television credits include a guest-starring role on the ID channel's "Evil in Law". She has played a recurring character on the web series "Dynamo" and a starring role in "Imaginary Friends". Her film credits include "The Pageant", "Left Together", "The Party","Summer of '69", and most recently "Bigfoot Killed My Wife". On stage, she has performed at Book-it Repertory, Greenstage, Quiet Theatre, Seattle Theater Group, and Strawberry Theatre Workshop.Amy is a Magna Cum Laude graduate from Cornish College of the Arts where she received her B.F.A in Acting. Post graduation she has continued her education at Freehold Theatre in Seattle, the William Esper Studio in NYC, Pearlman Acting Academy in LA, and Upright Citizens Brigade training center in Los Angeles.
Actor and Playwright
Tatyana Emery is an educator, actor, and playwright. A recent graduate of Tufts University-majoring in Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies and Education with a minor in Gender Studies-Tatyana has had the pleasure of teaching with both Seattle Rep and Seattle Children’s Theatre since moving to Seattle in Fall of 2022. Recently, Tatyana performed with 12 Ave Arts as part of their "Six-Pack Showcase" and is thankful to D.A. Navoti for offering them the opportunity to perform alongside this talented and caring cohort. If you would like to follow along with Tatyana’s artistic adventures, check out their Instagram @_betweenus_tatyana_emery
Artist and Writer
Magda Manning is a queer + trans writer, artist, and educator from Taos, New Mexico. They received their MFA in Poetry from Sarah Lawrence College in 2019, and are a current Hugo House Fellow (2022-2023). For Magda, writing is a process of self-making, a way of engaging with/in community, and a powerful practice of embodiment. They are in a two-person cribbage league with their mom, and live in Seattle with their partner.
Washington State Poet Laureate
Arianne True (Choctaw, Chickasaw) is a queer poet and teaching artist from Seattle, and has spent most of her work time working with youth. She’s received fellowships and residencies from Jack Straw, the Hugo House, Artist Trust, and the Seattle Repertory Theater, and is a proud alum of Hedgebrook and of the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts. She lives in Tacoma with her cat. Arianne is the 2023-2025 Washington State Poet Laureate.
Visual Artist and Writer
Clare Johnson is a dyke-identified writer + visual artist, with honors including fellowships from Jack Straw, Hugo House and Crosstown Arts; residencies at Mineral School, Surel’s Place and James Castle House; and publications including Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods, Seattle Histories series, where you can find her lyric essay about growing up queer on Capitol Hill during the AIDS crisis in the 1980s and 90s. Recent multidisciplinary public art projects include banners decorating fencing around a Tiny House Village; window art in Cal Anderson Park about HIV and family; a banner series based on local seniors’ memories around water; and a scavenger hunt of art on the backs of traffic signs (currently viewable along the Delridge-Highland Park Neighborhood Greenway in West Seattle). She’s just completed her hybrid manuscript, Will I live here when I grow up, mixing poetry, memoir, art, family stories and lost queer histories. For 15 years Clare has also drawn/written on a post-it every night to hold onto something from each ending day, making over 5,000 pieces so far, which were excerpted for years in a monthly Seattle Review of Books lyric essay column.
Actor and Founding Member of Seattle Rep’s Public Works
Glenda West is a Seattle native that started kissing girls at the age of eight and never stopped. She is delighted to return for her sixth production at the Seattle Rep. As a founding member of the Seattle Rep. Public Works company, she has appeared in The Odyssey-The Musical, As you like it-The Musical, Twelfth night-The Musical, The Winter’s Tale-The Musical. and Emerald City (Readers Theater). Her earlier theater credits include: Lavender Horizons (Gay Community Theater) and Godspell (Disciples of Christ Theater.
Sketch Comedian and Actor
Tootsie Spangles is a queer clown about town, sketch comedian, director, and an actor who approaches Chekov and erotic fanfic performance art with equal aplomb. As an emcee, Tootsie has hosted events and story slams for MoPOP, The Moth, She is Fierce, The Pink Door, P(ART)Y, and numerous variety shows and burlesque spectaculars. She is 1⁄2 of the comedy duo The Salty Licks and one of “America's probably only stoner bear entertainers: The Bearenstoned Bears!" Tootsie serves as the artistic director for The Libertinis, and as an associate producer for The Stay up Late Show, and for Shakespeare in the Park(ing) Lot with Flossy Beatrice Entertainment. Dig Deeper at TootsieSpangles.com
Educator and Editor
Todd Bohannon was born in Jacksonville, Florida. At the age of four, their family relocated to Bellevue, Washington where they spent their formative years. Todd received a Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies from The Evergreen State College in 1997 and a Master’s in Teaching from Antioch University-Seattle in 2002. They have worked as an educator in the greater Seattle area for over 20 years, working exclusively in small, public, alternative schools, also known as option schools. The programs Todd has worked in were all was designed to provide students with an alternative to the traditional school model that centered arts, social-emotional development and project-based learning. Todd left the classroom in 2022 to dedicate more time to working with and advocating for queer youth. Currently, they are working on an anthology of writing by queer educators called, “Teaching While Queer.”
About Gender Justice League (GJL)
Gender Justice League (GJL) is a civil and human rights organization that focuses on elevating the rights of trans & gender diverse communities in Washington State and beyond. Learn more at www.genderjusticeleague.org