Dr. Catherine McNamara is Director of Learning, Teaching and Student Experience at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (University of London). Catherine is one of the co-founders and members of the Board of the organisation Gendered Intelligence, an organisation engaged in encouraging the cultural shift needed to develop a more intelligent approach to gender and sexuality across society as a whole. Catherine writes journal articles and book chapters and facilitates arts projects as part of her academic role. www.genderedintelligence.co.uk www.cssd.ac.uk
When we open this topic up for discussion, a common refrain is to suggest that we want good actors on screen. The implication is that we don't want trans people to be employed to play a trans character just because they're trans. We want a good actor to do the job.
I'm already a massive fan of Theatre Peckham and have worked with them this year to carry out some research into what it is that young people value most about participating in drama, theatre and performance.
22/12/2014 06:47 GMT
Being Young and Trans: New Play 'Pronoun' Is Increasing Understandings of Trans Experiences in the UK
I'm interested in the ways that <em>Pronoun</em> might be activating shifts in participants/ audiences in relation to understandings of transgender young people's identities. The play is often described is a love story.
20/05/2014 13:27 BST
Last week, Goldsmiths (University of London) added the option of 'Mx' as a title or honorific when making an enquiry, applying for a course or registering as a student. I thought it was a good move.
22/10/2013 17:16 BST
Bullying can take many forms and when young trans people tell us that they feel consistently frightened and anxious about what their fellow students and teacher might say or do we know there is more work to be done.
14/10/2013 13:45 BST
If a person attending a single-sex girls school identifies as a transgender boy and wants their teachers and peers to treat them as the boy they feel themselves to be, what happens? What's their experience like, as they try to learn and achieve and create a future for themselves?
26/08/2013 22:40 BST
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