Transluminate 2019

TRANSLUMINATE is a short-play festival and celebration of transgender, agender, non-binary, genderqueer, and genderfluid artists.

stage managed by Casey Richards
graphic design by Kai Kiefer
photography by Holly Barber



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?

by Charlie Meyer
directed by Sean Michael

A – Kasey Kopp
B – Karen Pierce


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.

written and directed by J.D. Charles

Stella-Jane – Ashley Netzhammer
Harper – Samantha Auch
Damon – George Napper
Regina – Jaclyn Amber


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 Elon Ptah

Malcolm – Elon Ptah
Subconcious – Thomas Canady
Jae – Javon Vernest
Nika – Tiffany Knighten
Charles – Chontol Calvin
KB – Desiree Joyner


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.

by Charlie Meyers
directed by Sean Michael

Max – Elon Ptah
Rose – Jaclyn Amber


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

Jo – Samantha Auch
Tina – Anna Drehmer
Roger – Flynn Hayes

TRANSLUMINATE runs Thursday, February 21, and Friday, February 22, at 7:00 PM, and Saturday, February 23 at 4:30 and 8:00 PM, at The Chapel, 6238 Alexander Dr (63105). The Thursday night performance is pay what you can. We strongly encourage making a reservation ahead of time. Regular tickets are $10 in advance and $20 at the door. They can be purchased at Eventbrite.

Visual Artists on Display

Julian Sun

Julian 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 Oldelm

Liam 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

Charlie Blake

Charlie 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

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).


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