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Actor’s Theatre – QNotes

How four gender-nonconforming youth made their stage debut

My play ‘The Mermaid Hour’ asks theatres to cast only trans or gender-nonconforming performers in the lead role. Here’s how they, and the teens, including one from Charlotte, rose to the occasion.

Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte executive director Chip Decker said, “We put everything we could think of out into the universe,” including connecting with a support group for parents of trans youth.

Our People: Q&A with Alex Aguilar

Actor, dancer, choreographer, sportsman

Alex Aguilar commits, not only in his role as the larger-than-life, fantastical Merperson in David Valdes Greenwood’s “The Mermaid Hour,” but in all his endeavors.

Charlotte: Levine Exhibit, TOY Gift, Chamber Links, Dual Plays

Carolinas News Notes

Levine Museum of the New South, 200 E. Seventh St., is showcasing “Let Love Reign,” Time Out Youth Center has announced that the Howard R. Levine Foundation/Howard & Julie Levine have made a matching gift challenge of $100,000 to the Center’s capital campaign, the Charlotte LGBT Chamber of Commerce, along with the Latin, Asian and Black Chambers of Commerce will be front and center at the 2017 PGA Championship on Aug. 8 and In a unique collaboration, playwright Steven Dietz has written two original and interconnected plays which will debut and run simultaneously at two theatres during their 2018-19 seasons

Our People: Q&A with Martin Damien Wilkins

Director of ‘BootyCandy’ with Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte talks the arts

In the world of thespians (not to be confused with lesbians), the Charlotte theatre scene is diverse and lively. No one knows this better than Martin Damien Wilkins, 37, a local stage director whose newest production, “BootyCandy,” is playing at the Mint Museum on Randolph Rd. until March 19.

Charlotte: Film fest, art exhibit, Valentine’s party, trans education, band celebration, ‘BootyCandy,’ wedding expo, org headquarters

Carolinas News Notes

The Charlotte Jewish Film Festival features a gay-themed film, an art exhibit for Time Out Youth Center has been opened, Snug Harbor is hosting a Valentine’s party, a trans education series is beginning, the Charlotte Pride Band is celebrating women it an upcoming concert, BootyCandy is coming to the Queen City, two wedding expos are upcoming and Campus Pride had completed its move into new headquarters.

Artists, organizations net grants, awards

Funds help to enhance works, services

Across the area, LGBTQ artists and arts organizations have been the recipients of grants and awards to help bring their vision to life or to help sustain the work they do for the community.

Charlotte: Cano candidacy, organization hiring, fund cycle open, songwriter disc release, theatre exec

Carolinas News Notes

Democrat Christopher Cano is running for U.S. House of Representatives for the 9th District, Time Out Youth Center is hiring, the Charlotte Lesbian and Gay Fund has announced it’s upcoming grant cycle, songwriter and activist Lara Americo has released an EP and Dan Shoemaker has stepped down as the Actor’s Theatre’s executive director.