Ring of Keys Consultancy

The Ring of Keys Consultancy is a resource for producers, casting directors, and theatremakers who are in need of a Gender Consultant or Queer Consultant for their theatrical projects.

As part of our mission to promote the hiring of queer women, trans, and gender non-conforming artists, our consultancy services provide our theatre community with the necessary resources for projects with queer & trans themes, while also advocating for our Members. While no individual could ever represent the entirety of the queer or transgender communities, these artists are adept at supporting producers in creating these projects in an informed and thoughtful way.

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What does a gender consultant do?

Speaks the Language

Provides language support for casting notices, press releases, etc.

Impacts Truth

Gives your production the greatest impact to telling a truthful story.

Provides Support

Supports playwright / director / dramaturg

Educates

Communicates guidance and provides education for your institution at large, including marketing, company management, front of house, etc.

Creates a Safe Space

Facilitates a safe and supportive environment for queer artists in your production so they can do their best work.

Our Key Consultants have a variety of life experiences, expertise, and experiences consulting in theatre settings. They have all been vetted by our Consultancy Director, Josephine Kearns. If you are a casting director, theatremaker, or producer working on a production that requires a Gender / Queer Consultant, or are looking for a consultant with a particular area of expertise or with particular theatrical experience, fill out this form!

Josephine Kearns

Josephine Kearns

Ring of Keys Consultancy Director

Pronouns: She / Her / Hers

Location: Chicago| New York City| Seattle

Specialties: Supporting productions centered on transgender, queer, & intersex issues as a member of the artistic team. Josie is also an experienced facilitator who conducts trainings on gender inclusivity.

Experience: Josie has been a full-time gender consultant since 2017 and works on medium- to large-scale productions. She has also consulted as an expert in gender with schools, hospitals, businesses, and government institutions, as well as with Actors Equity Association.

josephinekearns.com

Briyana Clarel

Briyana D. Clarel

Ring of Keys Consultant

Pronouns: They / Them

Location: Philadelphia

Specialties: Education around gender and sexuality with an emphasis on race, as well as on building spaces that are both ‘trauma-informed’ and ‘oppression-informed.’

Experience: Briyana is an experienced educator who has worked with non-profits, schools, and universities. They have also consulted with performing arts groups on creating spaces that are equitable and inclusive. Briyana has an MFA in Drama and Theatre for Youth and Communities.

www.briyanaclarel.com/

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Linnea Valdivia

Ring of Keys Consultant

Pronouns: She / Her

Pronouns: She / Her / Hers

Location: Chicago | New York City

Specialties: Developmental/production dramaturgy and story consulting on work that centers trans/queer narratives and characters with a special interest in new work. She has experience developing materials and policy for organizations seeking to further equity, inclusion and access initiatives.

Experience: Linnea has worked as a dramaturg for organizations around the country and has been a freelance new work consultant since 2018. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Theatre and Drama from Northwestern University.

www.linneavaldivia.com

Lindsay Amer

Ring of Keys Consultant

Pronouns: They / Them / Theirs

Location: Portland, Maine

Specialties: LGBTQ+ and social justice topics in all-ages media. They focus on nuanced representations of gender and sexuality in family-friendly theater and digital media with an eye for intersectional storytelling. They specialize in non-binary identity!

Experience: Lindz is a queer and non-binary creator making LGBTQ+ and social justice media for the whole family through their webseries and their podcast. They travel the country performing original stories and songs at libraries, museums, and schools. Their TED Talk on the importance of talking to young children about gender and sexuality has over 2 million views. Their consulting work ranges from sensitivity readings on picture books for Big Five Publishers, to professional development workshops with educators, school administrators, and librarians, to corporate consulting.

www.lindsayamer.com

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Rachel Flynn

Ring of Keys Consultant

Pronouns: She/Her

Location: New York City

Specialties: Supporting productions centered on women's issues, gender, queerness and feminism.

Experience: Rachel has over a decade of experience in directing, writing, performance, sensitivity reading, and dramaturgy with a focus on new work in the music theater and theater spaces. She has consulted on productions as a dramaturg, and to support directors and playwrights working on projects with themes of both women's issues and queerness.

www.rachelflynn.net

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Kevin Paley

Ring of Keys Consultant

Pronouns: They / Them / Theirs

Location: Denver| Los Angeles| New York City

Specialties: Director/Producer/Performer specializing in gender, sexuality, and the human condition.

Experience: Kevin has worked with Broadway, Off Broadway, and Regional theatre companies as an assistant to the director and as a gender consultant since 2017. Kevin is the founder and Artistic Director of Art Garage (artgaragenyc.com), a non-profit dedicated to Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming artists.

kpaley.com

Jasmine Joshua

Jasmine Joshua

Ring of Keys Consultant

Pronouns: They / Them

Location: Seattle

Specialties: Queer and trans representation on and off stage

Experience: Jasmine is a playwright, director, actor, and producer who runs a theatre company focused on queer/trans theatre. They have consulted on multiple productions around trans identity.

www.reboottheatre.org

é boylan

Ring of Keys Consultant

Pronouns: They / Them / Theirs

Location: New York City| Washington DC

Specialties: Director/writer/creator/dramaturg, focused especially on non-binary identities and intersections with neurodivergency.

Experience: é has consulted on productions as a dramaturg, and in supporting directors and playwrights working on projects with trans themes. They have also organized and participated on panels discussing trans issues in the arts.

www.eamonboylan.com/

If you are a Key interested in working as a Gender or Queer Consultant, fill out this form and we will be in touch!

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Ring of Keys is an invaluable resource and asset for those committed to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in the theater industry.

Woodzick, Key Member (they/them)