The Q Collective will hold non-union auditions on Monday, January 28, for its 2019 Transluminate Festival. We will be presenting five short plays that celebrate the gender spectrum. We seek to produce a cast that accurately and truthfully represents the diverse world in which we live. The auditions will run 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM at St. Paul United Church of Christ, 3510 Giles Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63116.

Please email with your preferred audition times. Roles available will be announced January 14. Everyone is encouraged to audition. Plays will be directed by J.D. Charles, Elon Ptah, and Sean Michael.

Please prepare a one- to two-minute contemporary monologue. Directors may request a cold read as well. Please be prepared to list all conflicts between February 4 and February 23. Mandatory dates are February 18 through 23. Rehearsal schedules will be determined by the directors after the auditions. There is a stipend available for this event.



by Charlie Meyers
directed by Sean Michael

A – 450 years old. A goofy, good-hearted cyborg
B – 200 years old. A thoughtful, soft-spoken cyborg

Andy and Breanna are androids, centuries removed from the human bodies they were born in. What does it mean to be a man or woman, or even a person, in a posthuman society? How will their connection change them, and potentially change the future?


written and directed by Elon Ptah

MALCOM – twenty-something, black, transguy; reserved & thoughtful
SUBCONSCIOUS – twenty-something, black, transguy. The embodiment of Malcolm’s subconscious. Never speaks & is not seen by anyone other than Malcolm.
JAE – Black, transmasculine spectrum; Infectiously charismatic
NIKA – twenty-something, black woman. Self-assured, flirtatious, and straightforward
CHARLES – twenty-something, black transmasc spectrum. Energetic, loud, loveable
KB – Supportive, patient

A series of brief glimpses into the life a young, Black transguy, Malcolm, as he navigates body image, friendship and dating. A journey from self-loathing to self-love, expressed through the portrayal of Malcolm as 2 characters.


written and directed by J.D. Charles

STELLA-JANE BUCHANAN – 19 years old. MTF, A successful Beauty Queen
HARPER MONTGOMERY – 20 years old, a competitor in the Miss Arkansas Pageant.
REGINA MONTGOMERY – Mid 40’s, Harper’s mom.
DAMON BUCHANAN – Mid 50’s, Stella-Jane’s supportive father.

A transgender woman, Stella-Jane competes in a beauty pageant where one of her competitors, Harper, is not so accepting of who she is. A heated argument between the two girls escalates and Stella-Jane’s strength is tested.


by Charlie Meyers
directed by Sean Michael

JO – 20s-40s. A person who likes pretzels.
ROGER – Ageless. An airport employee.
TINA – 50+. A fellow passenger.

Jo is stuck in an airport. The gate attendant, Roger, speaks in confounding riddles. Tina, a fellow passenger, won’t mind her own business. Jo just wants to get on the plane, but has some personal baggage to work through before it can get off the ground.


by Charlie Meyers
directed by Sean Michael

MAX – 25ish years old, a hippie/hipster trans man
ROSE – 25ish years old, a shy/sarcastic cis woman

Two friends, Rose and Max, meet for coffee after long years of silence between them. Though both have changed, they feel drawn to each other over coffee and conversation.

Performances are February 21 – 23, Thursday and Friday at 7:00 PM and Saturday at 4:30 PM and 8:00 PM. All performances will be held at The Chapel, 6238 Alexander Drive, St. Louis, MO, 63105.

The Q Collective is committed to providing a safe environment for artists to work in and operates under the Chicago Theatre Standards. These standards can be reviewed at