Meet the Cast

Trans Voices Cabaret

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Preston Max Allen  is an NYC-based writer and composer whose work has been featured at the New Amsterdam Theatre, Signature Theatre, Musical Theatre Factory, New York Musical Festival, Feinstein's/54 Below, Joe's Pub, Second City Chicago, and Lululemon (it’s a long story). Preston conceived, wrote, and composed WE ARE THE TIGERS (Hudson Backstage, L.A. Stage Alliance Ovation winner, Best Lyrics/Composition), NEVER BETTER (NYMF Developmental Reading Series), and CARRIE 2: THE RAGE, AN UNAUTHORIZED MUSICAL PARODY (Underscore Theatre, Jeff Nominee, Best New Musical). Additional projects include music/lyrics/book for AGENT 355 (collaborator Jessica Kahkoska), book/lyrics for FRANKLIN PIERCE: DRAGON SLAYER (composer Will Buck), music/lyrics for THE HUNTED: ENCORE (Charging Moose Productions), and music/lyrics for BRADICAL AND THE PINK SOCKS (Diverging Elements). For completely unprofessional updates and cat photos, find him @prestonmaxallen.




Christian is a radical non-binary trans femme arts activist, performance artist, and musician. They co-founded The TransGenerational Theatre Project, a multigenerational devised theatre project for trans and gender non-conforming people, and they are proud to be facilitating the project for a third year in preparation for a performance in the Trans Theatre Festival. They are a graduate of the CUNY Masters in Applied Theatre program and work as the Women's Program and Arts & Culture Program Coordinator at the Edie Windsor SAGE Center. They create solo performance that explores trans rage, grief, and ritual, and have performed at Heels on Wheels and as part of Needing It (Brooklyn Arts Exchange). They took a seven year break from theatre before returning to the stage to portray Chelsea Manning in Won't Be A Ghost (The Brick).




Éamon Boylan (they/them/theirs) is a New York City based director and creator whose recent and upcoming projects include When I Recall Her (Planet Connections, BAM studio), virgo (Fresh Fruit Festival), Cinderella in the Closet (Trans Theatre Festival/The Brick), Rooms (BAM studio), and The Rite of Spring (American Theater Company/CORE Series). Their trans-centered musical, Soft Butter, is looking forward to production at an exciting Off-Broadway venue this June after development at Musical Theatre Factory. Éamon is incredibly grateful to be performing in the Trans Voices' Cabaret, surrounded by such transcendent talent and transformative creativity! For more about them and their work,




Maybe Burke is a Theatre Artist and Trans Advocate who founded The Trans Literacy Project with Honest Accomplice Theatre. They are always interested in telling stories that haven't been told. Recent credits include Delicious Filth (The Brick), Red Emma & the Mad Monk (Ars Nova), T.B. Sheets (Buran Theatre), Tag You're Dead (Joe's Pub), ReconFIGUREd (Honest Accomplice Theatre). Solo shows: Love Letters to Nobody, or Insignificant Others (The Wild Project, The Brick), Accidental Trans Anthems (The Brick) BA Directing, Pace University. @believeinmaybe




Andi Lee Carter (he/him/they/them) is a New York-based writer, director, and performer. He is a second year student in the NYU Tisch Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. His first original full-length musical Rent A White Guy was dubbed “often very funny” by The New York Times. Andi directs and performs regularly at the People's Improv Theatre with his sketch comedy troupe Adam's Summer Class. He is an Artistic Associate for Random Access Theatre Company and the National Queer Theatre. He is a very gay member of Ring of Keys, Trans Actors Guild, Trans Voices Cabaret and the Dramatist Guild of America. He is a founding member and former board member of the Musical Theatre Factory and moderator of its monthly Women/Trans Writers Representation Round Table. He and/or his work has been seen at many of New York's finest cabaret venues including Under St. Marks, the Duplex, Joe's Pub, and Feinstein's 54 Below.

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Izzy Castaldi is a new resident of NYC, having recently moved from Philadelphia. There, they attended the University of the Arts and performed regionally in After Orlando (Philadelphia Theater Company) and as Imogen in Cymbeline (Revolution Shakespeare). Last summer they were nominated for a NYMF award for Outstanding Performance in a Leading Role for their performance as Taylor in Normativity, as part of the New York Musical Festival.



Donnie Cianciotto is an actor, singer, activist, emcee, comedian, and the kind of trans man you'd like to take home to meet your parents. He attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, and made his off-Broadway debut in Southern Comfort at The Public Theater. He is active in the cabaret scene, having performed at 54 Below, The Cutting Room, The Town Hall, Birdland, Le Poisson Rouge, and The Duplex. He appears in Broadway For Orlando's What The World Needs Now music video, and has been featured in videos for NowThis and BuzzFeed. He appeared on two panels at BroadwayCon in January 2019, and can often be found speaking about trans representation in the performance community. He is the subject of an Emmy award-winning documentary short about his experiences as a transgender man; the film is being released as a feature length in 2019 by director Ania Augustowska. Follow him on Instagram @thedonniecianciotto




Aidan Cleary is a non-binary Actor/Singer/Theater Artist in New York City. Hir recent professional credits include: Linus in the Charlie Brown Christmas National Tour, Man in Chair in The Drowsy Chaperone, Willard Hewitt in Footloose, Ryan Evans in High School Musical, and Wally in Life Could Be A Dream. Aidan dreams of one day playing a non-binary character in a professional musical! A recent Sarah Lawrence College Graduate, Aidan is from the San Francisco Bay Area and currently lives in New York City. Outside of the theater Aidan is an avid Ice Hockey fan and a former player trying to change the game's attitude towards LGBT & female players. 
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Salem Corwin is a transmasc/nonbinary actor and songwriter from the Catskill Mountains. A recent graduate of Buffalo State College, Salem has appeared in several short films in Buffalo NY (and one feature film!) Most recently they performed the role of Pepper in the Hudson Valley premiere of "Mamma Mia!", transforming (pun intended) the typically hyper-masculine beach hunk into a soft, overly-confident cabana boy. Offstage you can find Salem in the process of writing a short musical about mental health and queer identity - titled "Aaand Cut!" Salem's ultimate goal in life is to use theater as a vessel to help and heal mentally ill/queer kids, as they once were.

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Eli Denson is a graduate of Marymount Manhattan College with a BFA in Acting. They were most recently seen as AP in columbinus at The Secret Theatre, and the title role in Skylar, at NY Fringe 2018. They are looking forward to returning to music after a five year hiatus. For Bowen.



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AC Dumlao  is a queer transgender non-binary first-generation American and child of Filipino immigrants. When not out and singing, AC is the Program Manager at the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund (TLDEF) where they manage TLDEF’s Name Change Project and Education Department. At their core, AC is an artist and thanks their theatrical background and training for instilling the guiding principle of their work and their life: a commitment to radical authenticity and genuine connections in order to honor the human dignity that all people deserve. AC volunteers on AfterWork Theater’s “Strike-A-Chord” Core committee for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. They recently played the role of Nicely Nicely Johnson in AfterWork Theater's Guys & Dolls and performed in America's Favorite Boy Band (AFAB) at The Tank, directed by Donnie Cianciotto. Follow them on instagram: @menswearselfcare and




Kristofer Matthias Eckelhoff is a New York City-based transgender opera singer, musicologist, and vocal instructor. He has performed throughout the United States, Germany, and France, and has received several national and international scholarships and fellowships to support his performance and research. He meticulously documented his own vocal transition and now trains other TGNC singers through his private, sliding-scale voice studio. Kristofer is currently finishing a Ph.D. in Musicology at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City and teaches music history and theory at Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music. In addition to his teaching duties, he’s very involved in community education, providing group classes for trans singers and giving free consultations for voice students around the country. He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in vocal performance and a master’s degree in music history. Kristofer is writing his dissertation on transgender performance history and developing a transgender-specific vocal method to better serve TGNC singers.




Samy Nour Younes is an actor, aerialist, pianist, puppeteer, and vocalist. He was the General Manager of the Baltimore Annex, as well as a teach artist for the Smithsonian Discovery Theater and the Young Playwright's Theater. In 2017, Samy published his first-ever op-ed piece in The Advocate on the challenges of being a working transgender actor of color. He has since taken to Medium to publish new pieces. He aims to highlight the diversity of the transgender experience. Find him online at




Lenni Eyes (they/them/theirs) is a radical educator, college access counselor, singer-songwriter and applied theatre facilitator of the TransGenerational Theatre Project at SAGE. They were a high school theatre nerd and this is their first return to the stage in way too long.




Sandy (they/them or he/him) is a queer, transmasculine, Jewish, and neurodivergent writer/performer and peer advocate. Sandy is a rising senior, majoring in music at Barnard College. Writing: It Takes a Village at the Glicker-Milstein Summer Theatre Festival, In Circles with Scott Feiner at French Woods Festival, and the orchestrations for Ooh Kill 'Em at Columbia University. Sandy has performed domestically and internationally, but mostly in New York City, including David GeffenHall, The Metropolitan Opera House, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall. Sandy's Twitter is @featSandyGooen.

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Stevie Goughnour is delighted to be on stage with Trans Voices Cabaret after many performances as an audience member. Since moving to New York, Stevie has worked with TOSOS, Odd Voices NYC, and holds down a day job with the New York Foundation for the Arts. Stevie also enjoys poetry and comedy, and writing bios without pronouns.



In another life, Felix Graham was an operatic mezzo, singing pants roles (a kind of operatic drag, where women sing the roles of young men). Since beginning his transition, however, he is refocusing his performing career - bringing that same gender fluidity to contemporary music through both traditional stage performance and in drag. Most recently, he produced and performed in Love is a Many-Splintered Thing, an off-broadway musical set in 1930s queer New York. Felix is thrilled to be joining the Trans Voices Cabaret, just in time for Pride!




Kat is an actor/singer/creator living in NYC. Recent credits include Madeleine True (THE WILD PARTY, BAR New Haven) & Victoria (LUNA FEST, The Brick Theatre) Frequently seen in cabarets and short term engagements in the city: Songs By Us (Joe’s Pub), FutureFest (54 Below), Here & Queer (Greenroom 42), Summerstuck (West End Lounge), Love is Love is Love Songs (The Laurie Beechman Theatre), and is a repeat guest with Trans Voices Cabaret (The Duplex). Coming up in September Kat will be playing the role of J in LOVE ME TENDER at The Wild Project Theatre. Kat is a proud member of the Ring Of Keys national network - check us out on instagram @RingOfKeysorg




Em Grosland was last scene as Max in Steppenwolf’s production of Hir. His previous credits include: Peter in Peter Pan at Tuacahn Ampitheatre, The world premier of Eve Ensler’s Emotional Creature (Berkeley Repertory Theatre and off-broadway/Signature Center); Francis Flute in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Off-Broadway); The world premier of The Anthem (off-broadway); Eric Harris in the world premier of The Erlkings (off-broadway); Wagner’s Ring Cycle (LA Opera); and Danny Who in How the Grinch Stole Christmas (National Tour). Film and TV credits: Bull, Law and Order: SVU and Ricki and the Flash. Em received his BFA from Washington University in St. Louis. Em is also a painter, illustrator, and graphic; @EmGrosland



Jack Henry  is a trans, androgynous, queer, actor and writer who recently relocated to New York from Philadelphia. Past credits include:  Peter and the Starcatcher (Theatre Horizon), Sensitive Guys (Interact Theatre), The Gap (Azuka Theatre), An Octoroon (Wilma Theater), Rodgers’ Romance (East Lynne Theater Co.),  A Children’s Hour (EgoPo Classic Theater), Cat in the Hat (Arden Theatre Co.), and Bitter Homes and Gardens (Bearded Ladies Cabaret), among others. TV: “HBO’s Masterclass Series with Patti Lupone.” Training: BFA Musical Theatre from the University of the Arts. They are a YoungArts Finalist and Silver Winner in Theatre. To returning to the Essence.



Jordan Ho  is an Asian gender fluid actrex. Theatre credits include: Salt Kid Watches Brooklyn Burn (Joe's Pub at The Public Theater), i wrote on ur wall and now i regret it (The Wild Project), Going South (Dixon Place), and ReconFIGURED (Universtiy Settlement). Xe is a company member of Honest Accomplice Theatre and this past Fall travelled to Washington DC's Atlas Performing Arts Center to present The Birds and the Bees: Unabridged. BA - Acting Pace University. instagram:@leavanny, twitter:@skrelp #mxho



In theater, Jari has graced some of New York’s greatest stages, recently in productions "The Sex Myth: A Devised Play " and recently a 2 year run of Lin Manuel’s In The Heights. Jari later shifted into fashion, building a successful career as a fashion and editorial photographer, but quickly became internationally recognized as a LGBTQ and body positive public figure. Jari has been featured in publications such as Teen Vogue, Them, NYLON, and The Advocate for her insight on fashion within politics, body positivity, and LGBTQ community building and relationships. Jari has also been recently spotlighted in the acclaimed exhibit Perpetual Revolutions: The Image and Social Change at the ICP (International Center of Photography) and a number of other International galleries highlighting Trans-Lesbian Relationships and Queer Bodied Empowerment. Jari dedicates her artistry in all mediums to uplift and launch careers of marginalized artists and the people who support them.



Milo is thrilled to be on stage at Trans Voices Cabaret after many performances as the over-zealous audience member. Previously seen in such classics as "Prudence" in Nutritional Yeast and "Vampire Potter" in My Immortal: a DRAMATIK Reading, Milo also professionally dopplegangers "Aiden Abett" from America's Favorite All-Boy Band. When not on stage, he can be found in his recurring role of "That Dog Walker" in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. [Exit, stage left, pursued by six dogs.]



Esco is an actor, singer, dancer, and movement artist originally from Washington DC. NYC Credits: Demise (Magic Theater Player), Beowolf (Warrior), Marisol (Angel), Fat Kid Rules The World (Ollie), Girl Shakes Loose (Luc), Room For Cream (Sidney). Regional Credits: Man of LaMancha (Sancho Panza), Unnecessary Farce (Bille Dwyer), The Three Musketeers (Porthos), The Marvelous Wonderettes (Betty Jean), The Dryad (Silvia), Legally Blonde (Pilar), Anything Goes (Purity).



Leah Juliett is a writer, speaker, performer, and political organizer from Connecticut. Leah is the Founder and Executive Director of the #MarchAgainstRevengePorn and has been seen on CNN, BBC, MTV, Buzzfeed and in Teen Vogue and Seventeen Magazine. Leah was recently named College Woman of the Year by Glamour Magazine and the recipient of the Delta Airlines Accelerating Acceptance award from GLAAD. For more:



Linda LaBeija is a multidisciplinary artist, organizer and curator from the Boogie Down Bronx of New York. Her work explores the complexities of living as a transgender woman of color in today’s America. With origins in both Black America and the English/Spanish-speaking Caribbean, Linda's transnational experience of living at the intersection of embodied, social, and national borders hones in on the critiques of hegemonic power. Born out of the Iconic House of LaBeija in the underground New York City Vogue Ballroom scene, Linda’s pursuit of spoken word infused musical sound has been featured in articles in both AFROPUNK and The Fader. Performing behind voices and writers such as StaceyAnn Chin and Me’shell Ndegeoecello. She can also be seen in the feature film “Pariah” directed by Dee Rees and in the FX series “Pose” produced by Ryan Murphy.



Winter Laike is a queer Brooklyn-based musician, storyteller, and Original Plumbing Magazine's reigning Mr. Trans Man NYC. His most recent works include a collection of songs based on Craigslist missed connections, a rock opera inspired by a series of dreams, and writing reality TV recaps for He has performed in venues such as The Knitting Factory, The Bowery, Music Hall of Williamsburg, and The Tank. When not writing music, Winter enjoys making the internet accessible, riding their bike, making not-your-mother's Rice Krispie treats, playing with puppies, and eating all of the donuts and ice cream. After being an audience member for the first three installations, Winter is ecstatic to experience Trans Voice Cabaret as a performer.




Elijah McCormack is a transgender male soprano originally from Connecticut. Although he most recently sang the Dewman in Engelbert Humperdinck's "Hansel & Gretel" at Indiana University and has appeared in a number of musicals and new works over the years, he specializes in pre-1800 opera and oratorio, where male sopranos were standard. He has sung the roles of Oberto in Handel's "Alcina," Cherubino in Mozart's "Le Nozze di Figaro," and Arsamenes in Handel's "Xerxes," as well as Miles in Britten's "The Turn of the Screw." He has also sung concert performances of "L'incoronazione di Poppea" (Valletto/Lucano) and "Hansel & Gretel" again (Sandman), and scenes programs featuring Britten's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (Oberon). This February, he will appear as Tolomeo in Indiana University's production of Handel's "Giulio Cesare." He has placed as a semifinalist in the Heida Hermanns International Voice Competition, and this year received an encouragement award at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. He studied voice with Sylvia Stoner-Hawkins at Skidmore College, where he received his Bachelor's degree, and currently studies with Steven Rickards.




Jacob Michael is a Brooklyn-based trans-masculine actor/illustrator. He was most recently seen as Jackson in the staged reading of Wonder Boi: A New Musical by J. Jarrett at The Dare Tactic. Other theatre credits include: Max (Hir, Island City Stage), Orin Scrivello (Little Shop..., Workshop Theater), Caldwell B. Cladwell (Urinetown, Rhino Theatre), Rod (Avenue Q, Porch Light Productions). He is a Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star recipient. For more information, please visit:



Jay Mitchell joins the cast of Trans Voices Cabaret all the way from Colorado for 1 night only! They were an original cast member of Musical Mayhem Cabaret, and performed as faux-queen/femme performer, Starlette Reign. They are a queer farmer, an accomplished costumer, a writer, and an occasional Jessica Rabbit impersonator. TVC is happy to welcome Jay to the show!



Baphomet Nayer is a libra-Scorpio cusp and if you tell him/zim otherwise he just won’t listen.  He/ze is an artist and occasional poet who, thanks to testosterone, is making his way back into performing.   He/ Ze currently lives in Brooklyn with his boyfriend and various pets and when not working on anything, daydreams.  




Wes Peddycord graduated this past May from Oklahoma City University with a Bachelors of Music degree in Musical Theatre. He is a gender non-conforming actor and singer (he/him pronouns preferred) and made the move to NYC this past August. He has performed in cabarets at Feinstein’s 54 Below and The West End Lounge and is exhilarated to be a part of the Trans Voices Cabaret for the first time! You can follow him on Instagram and Twitter: @jwespeddy




George Ronis (pronouns: he/they) is a TGNB actor/singer/writer with a passion for savory snacks. Recent credits for George include 2019 FUERZAfest (winner of Best Supporting Actor), Into the Woods (Out of the Box Theatrics), and Trans Voices Cabaret: Make 'Em Laugh (The Duplex). 

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Shakira (pronouns: they/them) was born at a very young age, and has been alive ever since. Despite being unable to walk or speak upon entering the world, they triumphed over adversity to become something resembling a responsible adult, avidly pursuing two goals along the way: to learn as much as possible about almost everything, and to sing anything they can get away with. A queer, agendered, multiracial, classically-trained singer with eclectic musical tastes, Shakira has performed in a wide range of styles ranging from Renaissance to rock, and opera to hip-hop. They have sung on several continents and in over a dozen languages, made their directorial debut over the winter, and have revelled in transcending genre conventions along the way. You can check out some of their music at:



Futaba Shioda is a graduate of NYU Tisch: New Studio on Broadway and an avid fan of marginalized persons taking up space. Recent credits include Galatea at WP Theater's Pipeline Festival and the RENT 20th Anniversary Tour. They hope to make the queer community more inclusive for people of color.



Tonilyn is a proud booty-shaking genderqueer love warrior. The fourth child of Filipino immigrants, Toni was born and raised in San Francisco's Sunset District and is now a NYC-based writer, director and educator for both stage and film, teaching Creative Technologies at the New School for Drama. Toni sings with the professional Filipino performance company, Broadway Barkada and is a co-host for the PBS Digital Studio Series First Person, a show about gender identity, sexuality & queer community.



Ianne  is a black, queer, and Transfeminine New York based storyteller working at the intersection of theatre and activism. As a performer, Ianne has worked consistently in productions at NYC venues such as Manhattan Rep, NYC Fringe Festival '16, Shapiro Theatre, and more. In the spring of 2017, Ianne performed an excerpt of their one-person show, On the Train to Nowhere in Particular, at the legendary Joe's Pub. Ian can also be seen on Buzzfeed LGBT, the You Had Me at Black podcast, the #Safewordsociety podcast, and the Is it Transphobic Podcast. One of Ianne's most transformative experiences occurred in the summer of 2017 when they were selected out of over 500 applicants to be one of the 15 US Fellows for Humanity in Action's 2017 John Lewis Fellowship. For the month of July, Ianne shared space with and learned from various historic and current civil rights leaders in Atlanta, GA in order to better understand the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement and develop strategies for implementing effective change in contemporary political and social movements. Please follow them at:

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Ania Upstill is a physical theater maker and educator. They are a recent transplant to New York, having just graduated from the Professional Training Program at Dell'Arte School of Physical Theater. Since arriving in New York Ania has performed an original queer clown show, Piesexual, at The Tank's Pridefest and in To the Binary and Beyond! at The Brick's Trans Theater Festival. Before attending Dell'Arte Ania spent six years in New Zealand working as a director, performer and producer. Ania is passionate about queer representation and centers their theatrical practice around queer characters and stories. She is so pleased to be a part of this cabaret and let their genderqueer star shine!

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