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.

What does a gender consultant do?

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Speaks the Language

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

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Impacts Truth

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

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Provides Support

Supports playwright / director / dramaturg

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

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Creates a Safe Space

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

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.


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.


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.


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: Éamon 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.


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!

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)