Trans Voices Cabaret Returns to The Duplex

Trans Voices Cabaret Returns to The Duplex

New York City's premier TGNC cabaret returns to The Duplex with their final show of 2018 on Saturday, December 29th at 9:30pm. The show is directed by Donnie Cianciotto, with Musical Direction by Anessa Marie.

Trans Voices Cabaret has highlighted entertainers who self-identify as transgender, nonbinary, or gender non-conforming since its inception in October 2018. Created to give voice to the voiceless, TVC not only aims to feature the talents of singers who often have to fight for visibility, but also aims to reach casting directors, producers, and others in positions of power to introduce them to the accomplished and capable TGNC (trans/gender non-conforming) performers in New York City and the surrounding area.

The seventh installment of Trans Voices Cabaret features a cast of 15, thirteen of whom are making their TVC debuts. "We continue to receive a remarkable number of submissions from new performers each time we announce auditions," says creator and director Donnie Cianciotto. "As a result, it gives us the wonderful opportunity to showcase as many entertainers as possible."

Returning cast members, Donnie Cianciotto, Stevie Goughnour, Elijah McCormack, and Anessa Marie will be joined by first-time TVC performers Eli Denson, AC Dumlao, Graham Garlington, Jack Henry, Milo Jordan, Leah Juliett, Linda LaBeija, Bamphomet Nayer, Wes Peddycord, Joshuah Simpson, and Lindsey Weiss. Weiss recently performed with TVC's sibling troupe, Trans Voices Cabaret CHI at Stage 773 in Chicago.

Tickets are $10 in advance, and $15 at the door. It is strongly suggested to purchase in advance, or arrive early to be put on the cancelation list. For more information, please visit, or email

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. Through workshop facilitation and communal performances, Linda uses her autobiographical work to create greater social consciousness around transgender issues. In addition to her work as an organizer and curator, she devotes her time to providing services to LGBT homeless youth at the Ali Forney Center as their first Arts Programming and Community Outreach Coordinator. As a performing artist, musician, teacher and writer, Linda's work intervenes with confidence, politicized anger, and grace into a symbolic and literal economy which would otherwise render her bound and gagged.

Donnie Cianciotto was seen in Southern Comfort at The Public Theater (directed by Tom Caruso), A Charlie Brown Christmas at The Secret Theater, and in various readings with Trans Theater Lab, National Queer Theater, and The Lark. He has performed at 54 Below, The Cutting Room, Le Poisson Rouge, Symphony Space, and The Town Hall. Donnie is the subject of an Emmy award-winning documentary short film that is being released as a full length movie in 2019. He is the creator of Trans Voices Cabaret, and America's Favorite All-Boy Band (aka AFAB) which performs at The Tank. Follow him on Insta @thedonniecianciotto, and check out for more info.

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.

AC Dumlao (they/them) 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

Stevie Goughnour is delighted to be on stage with Trans Voices Cabaret for a second time. 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.

Leah Juliett (they/them) 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:

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.

Anessa Marie: Anessa is a composer/lyricist, music director, pianist, orchestrator, actress, and singer based in New York City. Her original musicals currently in development include A Glimpse of the Rainbow (book, music, and lyrics), Come From Terminal C (book and lyrics by Charles Baran, music by Anessa Marie), The Imperfect Hour (book by Michael Stang, lyrics by Kim Hawkey and Anessa Marie, music by Assaf Gleizner and Anessa Marie), and City of Runaways, a song cycle based on the lives of New Yorkers. Anessa works as a music director in the theatre community of New York City. NYC credits include City of Light (directed by Tony Award winner Cady Huffman as part of SHENYC Summer Theatre Festival), Lysistrata Jones (Ophelia Theatre Group), An Intolerant Vaudeville (The Secret Theatre). Off-broadway credits include Frankenstein, Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas, Stinky Kids the musical, The Bully, and Twinkle Tames A Dragon. Regional Credits include: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Parade, Fiddler on the Roof, 42nd Street, West Side Story, The Last Five Years, Songs for a New World, The Wild Party (Lippa), Sweet Charity, La Cage Aux Folles, and Ragtime. Anessa has also served as music director for various cabaret shows, and has graced the stage at Carnegie Hall, Feinstein's/54 Below, Green Room 42, and The Duplex, among countless others. Anessa's debut album will be released in early 2019. Anessa teaches private voice and piano lessons out of her studio in Astoria, Queens. She also is sought after as an audition coach, helping students develop confidence in their audition book. Anessa plays various auditions throughout New York City, and works closely with Theatre Resources Unlimited helping to develop new work. Available for commissioned work, Anessa specializes in composition for musical theatre, along with arrangements and orchestrations for all genres.

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.

Joshuah D. Simpson - Joshuah is thrilled to be joining this beautiful company for such an empowering evening. Joshuah is a performer, creator, and educator who graduated from the University of the Arts and the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. Some of their previous credits include; Colin Goldchild in The Eleventh Hour (Off- Broadway), Horton the elephant in Seussical the Musical (Milbrook Playhouse), and their original solo show It Takes One (Philly Fringe). If you want to follow Joshuah through their endeavors they can be found on twitter and instagram @JoshuahDSimpson. Thank you all for supporting the trans community!

Lindsey Weiss (they/them/theirs) is a 2-weeks-out graduate of Northwestern University's BA Theatre program with a double major in Gender & Sexuality Studies. They are autistic and proudly embody a unique neurodivergent-genderqueer intersection that you should definitely ask them about if you like getting your ear talked off. Recent New York credits include Orlando in As You Like It (Smiling Hogshead) and the Devising Ensemble of my name is not actually maria (Sitting Shotgun/Theater for the New City.) They will soon be traveling to Pennsylvania to appear in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble as part of the ensemble. instagram: @sister.winter /

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