Bean

What's up?!

i'm passionate about creating honest + complex trans narratives through writing, performance, & film.

 

from curating my lambda literary nominated anthology for trans inclusion in the #metoo movement, to co-writing a tv series, and developing "the ship we built" (2020) from a text message to a novel with dial at penguin random house, i create projects that transition and grow alongside me. 


my work specifically with transgender survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse has received accolades from the founders of the trevor project and the trans people of color coalition, as well as many individuals who continue to email me. and i love mail!! 


My storytelling career began in 2012, when I curated and self-published my first anthology full of letters that people wrote to their body parts. I have been interviewed by and written for a large number of publications, including Teen Vogue, Ms. MagazineBitch Magazine, Them, Bust Magazine, Huffington Post, Logo's New Now Next, Autostraddle, The Establishment, Lambda LiteraryThe Feminist Wire, Toi Magazine and more. My writing has also been transformed into two experimental films, Full and Trans Boy Remember, both of which have played at festivals across Europe.


My essays, poems, books, and short films have also been presented at a range of venues, including the famous Bluestockings and The Strand in NYC, the Detroit Institute of the Arts, MitSprache: The German Council of Victims and Survivors' Expert Committee of the Independent Commissioner for Child Sexual Abuse Issues, as well as barns, blackbox theaters, cafeterias, universities through two self-organized international tours of creative writing workshops and performances inspired by my second anthology. With this, I have been in partnership with countless transition homes, rehab centers, and non-profits, such as Black & Pink, RAINN, Home in Budapest, and Slutwalk Johannesburg and have received additional support from the Sundress Writing Residency and Retreat for Survival and Healing in Knoxville and the Gibney Dance Institute for Community Action Training in New York.  


For the past four years, I have also been training one-on-one in monologue and scene study with a fierce and caring former casting director and longtime masterclass dramatic arts trainer. For the past three years, I have been a member of ACT OUT at THE STUDIO, a hub of up-in-coming LGBTQIA+ performers that have been featured in HBO's Vice, The New York Times, and the Tribeca Film Festival. My work has ranged from indie short films, to roller skatin' as your music video muse, to a national ad that was also featured in Times Square. I often land roles of people and creatures who are lost, one who shows up and changes things, or one with a big secret. Some recent projects include my roles as Alex in Alex, a short film about absent parenting and the isolation of non-binary youth about to hit the festival circuit, and Pinocchio in Real Boy, the Girl Tales trans retelling of the classic. For more recent projects and updates, read the lil read box on this page! 


IN THE MEANTIME, HERE ARE MORE FUN FACTS:


1.) I love thinking of fake band names, particularly with two loved ones both named David.

2.) I spent ten days in the neurology ward at the Budapest Military Hospital, and guess what?! They have gluten free options. 

3.) I got toilet paper stuck to my roller skate at the fourth grade Halloween Party, and three years later I won the gold metal in my division at the USA Roller Sports National Championships in Lincoln, Nebraska. 


I'm very good at the game "Two Truths and a Lie." Lucky for you, I just gave you three truths. 


HERE'S ANOTHER TRUTH: I THINK YOU COULD BE FUN AND MEANINGFUL TO COLLABORATE WITH. SAY HI.

EVENTS

TRANSparency: Speaking Our Truths Panel 


-February 15th, 2020, The Midwest Bisexual, Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, Asexual College Conferencein Kalamazoo, Michigan.


-April 2020, Social Justice Week at University of Wisconsin in La Crosse, Wisconsin.


RECENT HONORS

-Awarded the Bookshop Santa Cruz Residency at the Wellstone Center in the Redwoods; two weeks to immerse into the screenplay adaptation of The Ship We Built


-Awarded the Jane Hoppen Residency at Paragraph New York, for emerging LGBTQIA+ writers, also to continue the screenplay adaptation and other writing projects in their early stages.


RECENTLY PUBLISHED, PREMIERED, & SCREENED

-Story featured in Crude Intentions(2019), an illustrations anthology on sexual harassment and sexual assault.

-Premiere of short film, Voltage, at the SVA Theater in Manhattan at THE STUDIO iPhone Film Festival. 

-Premiere of short film, Alex, at Cinema Village in Manahttan at New York Shorts International Film Festival.

​-Screening of my experimental short, Trans Boy Remember, at Videopride Arcópoli in collaboratoin with Madrid Pride in Spain. 

-My interview, "I Love You," with Enby Spoken Histories is now available through Story Corps and The Library of Congress.


PROJECT ANNOUCEMENTS

-May 2020!!! The release of my debut novel, The Ship We Built with Dial Books for Young Readers at Penguin Random House.

​-Currently in early stages of screenplay adapation of The Ship We Built, my next anthology and novel, as well as exploring documentary making outside of the experimental realm. 

-Preparing to pitch Them, a dramtic series co-created with Paul Moon at the New York Times