Artists for Transluminate announced!

The Q Collective is so very excited to announce the artists being featured in this year’s Transluminate: Julian Sun, Liam Oldelm, and Charlie Blake.

The Q Collective is so very excited to announce the artists being featured in this year’s Transluminate: Julian Sun, Liam Oldelm, and Charlie Blake.

Julian SunJulian Sun is a Chinese American gay trans man who was born and raised in the suburbs of St. Louis and now lives in Los Angeles. He creates art in his free time when he’s not pursuing a career uplifting the LGBT community.

Julian creates portraits in an attempt to capture the beauty of the human spirit. His goal is to create pieces that spark the same wonder and amazement he feels witnessing the diversity and strength within people.

Follow him on Instagram @_nanzihan_

 

Liam OldelmLiam Oldelm is a portrait photographer from Maeystown, IL. After studying illustration and receiving a BFA in Communication Design, they began to seriously pursue photography as a medium. They are interested in exploring gender, masculinity, and identity through portraiture. Find OldElm Photography on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/OldElm.

 

 

 

Charlie BlakeCharlie Blake is a native MidWesterner who has only recently returned to the Heartland after more than decade exploring other locales. They received their bachelor’s degree in Studio Art with a concentration in Metalworking from Earlham College in 2008, with a second major in Biology. Charlie also earned a PhD from Texas State University in 2016 and currently survives capitalism by working as a biologist. They are deeply grateful for the love and support of so many beautiful members of the St Louis trans and queer community.

As an artist and an ecologist, they are interested in the relationships among beings and their environments. Their work reflects their trans/queer experience of the world and employs nontraditional techniques and materials to express this experience. Their Bioscape series explores the idea of bodies as places to be navigated.

Find Charlie Blake on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CharlieBlakeArt/.

Art will be on display at The Chapel through the end of February. We invite you to join us at our opening reception on Sunday, February 10, from 2:00 to 5:00 PM (more info).

TRANSLUMINATE: THE Q COLLECTIVE ANNOUNCES FESTIVAL PLAYWRIGHTS

The Q Collective announces the playwrights for its first annual TRANSLUMINATE FESTIVAL. We are pleased to be featuring five works by three St. Louis-based playwrights: Elon Ptah, Charlie Meyers, and J.D. Charles in this year’s festival. The Q Collective is also excited to announce that the festival will also feature visual arts on display from February 4 through the end of the month with a gallery opening party on February 10 from 2:00 to 5:00 PM.

The Q Collective announces the playwrights for its first annual TRANSLUMINATE FESTIVAL. We are pleased to be featuring five works by three St. Louis-based playwrights: Elon Ptah, Charlie Meyers, and J.D. Charles in this year’s festival. The Q Collective is also excited to announce that the festival will also feature visual arts on display from February 4 through the end of the month with a gallery opening party on February 10 from 2:00 to 5:00 PM.

BREANNA
by Charlie Meyers
directed by Sean Michael
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?

HOMEBODY
written and directed by Elon Ptah
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.

MISS ARKANSAS
written and directed by J.D. Charles
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 andStella-Jane’s strength is tested.

NOW BOARDING
by Charlie Meyers
directed by Sean Michael
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.

TWO SUGARS
by Charlie Meyers
directed by Sean Michael
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 of TRANSLUMINATE are Thursday through Saturday, February 21 and 22 at 7:00 PM and February 23 at 4:30 PM and 8:00 PM. Tickets are $10 in advance through Eventbrite.com or $20 at the door. All performances are at The Chapel, 6238 Alexander Drive, St. Louis, MO 63105.

Some plays contain adult language and frank sexual situations.

If you are interested in auditioning for TRANSLUMINATE, please head to our Auditions page for character descriptions and audition information.

If you are interested in submitting artwork for consideration, please find more information at CALLING QUEER ARTISTS!

Auditions for Transluminate

The Q Collective will hold non-union auditions on Monday, January 28, for its 2019 Transluminate Festival.

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.

Find more info on our Auditions page.

CALLING QUEER ARTISTS!

As part of our upcoming Transluminate play festival, the Q Collective is excited to announce that we are expanding the festival to include visual arts. We are now seeking transgender, agender, non-binary, genderqueer, and genderfluid artists who would like to showcase their work. Deadline to submit work is Thursday, January 31.

As part of our upcoming Transluminate play festival, the Q Collective is excited to announce that we are expanding the festival to include visual arts. We are now seeking transgender, agender, non-binary, genderqueer, and genderfluid artists who would like to showcase their work. Deadline to submit work is Thursday, January 31.

Artists will not be charged a fee to showcase their work, and neither the Q Collective nor our host venue, the Chapel, will take a commission should any piece sell.

UPDATED JANUARY 10 AT 6:45 PM: Art move-in will be February 3. Exact time is still TBD. We will have a gallery opening on February 10 from 2:00 to 5:00 PM.

Please send us an e-mail with your interest at the.q.collective.stl@gmail.com. In your email, please provide an artist statement, photograph(s) of the work you’d like to display, and a short bio statement.

THE Q COLLECTIVE HOSTS PANEL DISCUSSION ON INTIMACY, SEXUALITY, AND CONSENT ONSTAGE

The Q Collective hosts a panel discussion, Intimacy, Sexuality, and Consent On Stage: A Panel Discussion on Creating Safe Spaces on Stage and In the Rehearsal Room, on January 15, 2019, at The Monocle, 4510 Manchester Ave, St. Louis, MO 63110, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM.

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The Q Collective hosts a panel discussion, Intimacy, Sexuality, and Consent On Stage: A Panel Discussion on Creating Safe Spaces on Stage and In the Rehearsal Room, on January 15, 2019, at The Monocle, 4510 Manchester Ave, St. Louis, MO 63110, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM.

The evening will include a 45-minute panel discussion with local arts professionals, and time for questions and answers.

Make your reservation at EventBrite.

Panelists:

Sarah Lynne Holt, Director and Founder of The Maenads

Marsha Holland, BFA Art Education, MS Rehabilitation Counseling

Cecily Ann King, Dance Instructor, Resident Choreographer for R-S Theatrics and Ignite Youth Theatre

Erik Kuhn, Associate Instructor with Dueling Arts International, freelance stage combat instructor and choreographer

Tress Kurzym, Artistic Director of StagePlay Learning, Theatre Education Coordinator at Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville

The discussion will be moderated by Ed Reggi, member of Actors’ Equity Association and faculty with Center of Creative Arts and Theater and Dance Department at Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville, and proud owner of free local resource stlauditions.com.

The discussion will include frank discussion of intimacy and may include discussion of sexual activities.