Letter to the Revolution

Letter to the Revolution

Dear Fellow Revolutionaries,

I write to you as a dusty-kneed soldier of the great unfolding rebellion that is America.

I write from the heart, in a pivotal moment in which each of us must decide whether to lead with love or fear. I urge you to remember: Only love is real...

Come Home

Come Home

Theatre-maker and activist, Shakina Nayfack, takes her solo show on tour in one of the most dangerous places to be trans. Her goal: education and acceptance through art.

Originally published on Playbill.com as part of their 2016 Pride Coverage under the title "Diary of a Trans Actress on the Road...in North Carolina" 

Southern Revival

Southern Revival

Theatre-maker and activist, Shakina Nayfack, takes her solo show on tour in one of the most dangerous places to be trans. Her goal: education and acceptance through art.

Originally published on Playbill.com as part of their 2016 Pride Coverage under the title "Diary of a Trans Actress on the Road...in North Carolina" 

Making Connections

Making Connections

Theatre-maker and activist, Shakina Nayfack, takes her solo show on tour in one of the most dangerous places to be trans. Her goal: education and acceptance through art.

Originally published on Playbill.com as part of their 2016 Pride Coverage under the title "Diary of a Trans Actress on the Road...in North Carolina" 

Stand Out

Stand Out

Theatre-maker and activist, Shakina Nayfack, takes her solo show on tour in one of the most dangerous places to be trans. Her goal: education and acceptance through art.

Originally published on Playbill.com as part of their 2016 Pride Coverage under the title "Diary of a Trans Actress on the Road...in North Carolina" 

Taking Off

Taking Off

Theatre-maker and activist, Shakina Nayfack, takes her solo show on tour in one of the most dangerous places to be trans. Her goal: education and acceptance through art.

Originally published on Playbill.com as part of their 2016 Pride Coverage under the title "Diary of a Trans Actress on the Road...in North Carolina" 

Manifest Pussy

Manifest Pussy

Not many people get a second shot at virginity. It’s a particular blessing of the post-op transgender experience that I didn’t expect would weigh so heavily upon me.

How to Not Get Raped at the Gym

How to Not Get Raped at the Gym

The gym is a complicated place for most transgender people. Thankfully, the one I belong to has been awesome throughout my transition.

MY FIRST REAL DATE AS A WOMAN

MY FIRST REAL DATE AS A WOMAN

In my last BrokeAssStuart blog I wrote about the lack of mediatized representations of transgender people as complex, loving, sexual, and emotional beings. I also wrote that all the guys I had met online were interested in sex but not interested in taking me on an actual date. In what follows, I’m happy to prove myself wrong on both counts.

My Dating Life as a TransWoman

My Dating Life as a TransWoman

Last year was a hectic one, recovering from gender confirmation surgery (while writing a show about it), running a theatre company, getting on the scene as a trans actress… So much of my energy was spent working on and talking about becoming a woman in the world that I spent very little time actually being one.

I am a little boat

I am a little boat

I am a little boat
floating farther and farther away
from shore...

Post-Op Update: 4 Months – Keepin’ It Open

Post-Op Update: 4 Months – Keepin’ It Open

Someday in the not-too-distant future I’m going to write an update about how fun it is to live pain-free and how enjoyable my new vagina has become. This is not that day...

On my Birthday

On my Birthday

One year ago I was on stage at Joe's Pub premiering ONE WOMAN SHOW and celebrating the launch of KickStartHer. Musical Theatre Factory was nothing more than an idea I had shared with a couple people. On my birthday I vowed that 2014 would be my last year with a male body, and also that I was done producing work on my own...

Post-Op Update: Slaying the Dragon

Post-Op Update: Slaying the Dragon

It's funny how changing one part of yourself ultimately changes everything. 8 weeks ago I woke up into a new body. It was a passage I prepared for, in as much as one can prepare, and I thought I understood what I was getting myself into...

A Rogue Drop Of Rain...

A rogue drop of rain
landed on my cheek
below my eye
next to my nose
and tricked my face...

First Week Home

I've been back in NYC for a week. Yesterday I sat behind my desk at Musical Theatre Factory for the first time since September 4th. Walking down 40th st I just kept repeating in my mind "I'm not ready for this, I'm not ready for this, I'm not ready for this..." 

Getting On Planes

Looking back it seems as though
I've spent an inordinate amount of time
Feeling weepy in airports...