Meet the TRU Town Hall Co-Hosts!

Meet the co-hosts joining us Wednesday, November 29th at 7PM for the TRU Town Hall on the trans and gender-expansive experience in the theater industry!

Get Tickets HERE!

Gylanni Carrington (they/them) is a queer non-binary artist from pre-gentrified Brooklyn. Gylanni is an interdisciplinary artist with experience in various areas of theatrical design, creative direction, and installations. An authority on aesthetics, they value performance art pieces that are a feast for the eyes. Gylanni believes the future of art lies in diverse storytelling and prioritizes works that are inclusive and accessible.

Elisa Crespo (she/her) is a Trans Latina advocate, executive, and former public servant who has fought to promote civic engagement and elevate the LGBTQ community's voice in halls of power. Prior to becoming the first executive director of the New Pride Agenda, Elisa served as Education Liaison to the Bronx Borough President's Office. She made history by becoming the first transgender woman of color to run for public office in the Bronx. Under her leadership, the NEW Pride Agenda spearheaded a statewide coalition whose advocacy resulted in a $4 million dollar multi state agency Transgender Wellness & Equity Fund, making New York the second state in the country to establish a fund of its kind. Elisa graduated from John Jay College obtaining her Bachelors in Political Science and a minor in Human Rights.

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Nat Kelley DiMario (they/them) is a Brooklyn-based queer & trans multidisciplinary theatre artist, stage manager, and storyteller. Recent favorites: Into the Woods (Broadway 2022), Lewberger & the Wizard of Friendship (Theatre Row), backstroke boys (Fault Line Theatre), Thelma & Louise & the Time Machine (Breaking the Binary Theatre Festival). Nat is an alum of Fordham University and the Juilliard Professional Apprentice Program. natkelleydimario.com @natdimario

Anessa Marie (she/her) is a music director, conductor, pianist, orchestrator and lyricist/composer based in NYC. Broadway: Moulin Rouge, Aladdin, Chicago; Regional/Developmental: White Girl in Danger (2ST), Transparent, The Dark Lady (O'Neill), The Office Musical Parody (MD, Jerry Orbach), Wonderboy (NAMT, 5th Ave), Wizard of Oz (Geva), Interstate (NAMT), Far From Canterbury (Barnstormers); Musicals currently in development: A First Glimpse of Light, Society, Reign, Untouchable.

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Futaba Shioda (he/him) is a trans, Asian actor and cultural worker invested in labor rights and community autonomy. An Obie Award and Paul Robeson Award winner for his work bridging art and advocacy, Futaba organizes and works with Anticapitalism for Artists, Equity Next, Creatives Rebuild New York, and The Ackerman Institute's Gender & Family Project. www.futabashioda.com / @futabashioda

Garnet Williams (she/they) is a writer, singer, and actor originally seen in Skyward: An Endling Elegy (Lincoln Center), Cats (PAC), She Sings Me Home (Round House MD), and her one woman show Ugh: Another Girl and a Piano.


Jaye Hunt (they/them, Moderator) is a multidisciplinary theater artist. They are the Literary Manager of Parity Productions, where they are largely responsible for the annual Parity Development Award. They have collaborated with playwrights on developing many new plays and have extensive experience serving as assistant director on both new works and works in the American theatrical canon. Their main focus is creating equity onstage and backstage. www.jayehunt.com


Polaris North Studio, 4th Fl

245 W 29th Street (between 7th and 8th Avenue)


Wednesday, November 29th at 7PM EDT

Get in-person or Zoom tickets HERE.

We hope to see you there or in the Zoom room!


The Parity Team

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