A new theatre company is being launched to showcase trans and non-binary actors.
Performer Harrison Knights is behind the venture, called Trans Voices Company, which aims to help address a lack of casting opportunities for non-cisgender actors.
Knights set up an initiative in June called Trans Voices Cabaret, which replicates an event that exists in New York.
The initiative will host regular showcases at London’s Other Palace which aim to address a lack of trans and non-binary representation in musical theatre.
The cabaret will come under the umbrella of Trans Voices Company, which will also produce plays to showcase trans and non-binary actors.
An initial industry showcase will be held at the Other Palace in January 2020, with aims for Trans Voices Company to develop into a full repertory company in the future.
Knights told The Stage: “We’re going to do a period piece that will showcase between seven to 10 trans masculine and non-binary actors all in one go.
“The main idea is so that we can show how versatile and how diverse we are are between ourselves, because we all get lumped in the same category.
“We’re as diverse as a cis company, but we have a label put on us straight away and we are judged by our label before our ability.”
Knights said that the company also aims to launch a training course aimed at trans actors.