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Ianne Fields Stewart (pronouns: they/them/their)  is a black, queer, and transfeminine New York-based storyteller working at the intersection of theatre and activism. Their work is centered in deconstructing mainstream media forms and rebuilding them to amplify and include the voices of marginalized people. Ianne's work is divided into three platforms: the platform they stand on as a performer; the platform they build amongst others as a theatrical consultant and community organizer; and the platform they build for others to stand on as a playwright, director, teaching artist, and choreographer. Scroll to learn more about these platforms!

 
 

Platform 1: The Performer

Ianne moved to New York in June 2015 with a BFA in Music Theatre from Illinois Wesleyan University. Since then, their journey as a performer and media advocate has taken them to Joe’s Pub, Dixon Place, Black Spectrum Theatre, Buzzfeed LGBT, GLAAD, and more…

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Platform 2: Theatrical Consultant and Community Organizer

Ianne’s activism was ignited in the summer of 2013 when they toured their hometown of Birmingham, Al developing a network for queer youth stories. Their dedication to justice and “big mouth” led them to developing their own consultant business with services that include everything from talkback facilitations to more extensive community engagement efforts. This work has been used by individual productions as well as larger entities such as Lincoln Center…

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Platform 3: Teaching Artist, Director, Choreographer, and Playwright

Ianne stands on the shoulders of giants and is constantly enthralled by the outpouring of love and support they receive in all of their efforts. In an attempt to give back, Ianne works as a teaching artist, director, choreographer, and playwright in an attempt to actively shift casting processes, create new roles for marginalized actors, and inspire a new generation of young people to take advantage of the gifts the arts have to offer…

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If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.

- Audre Lorde

I believe that telling our stories, first to ourselves and then to one another and the world, is a revolutionary act. It is an act that can be met with hostility, exclusion, and violence. It can also lead to love, understanding, transcendence, and community.
— Janet Mock
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I think it was the ability of the theater to communicate ideas and extol virtues that drew me to it. And also I was, and remain, fascinated by the idea of an audience as a community of people who gather willingly to bear witness.

August Wilson

“I love being a whole and full woman… I am more than my parts and we all are. And we all, as women, need to continue to change our gaze from how we are seen to how we are seeing.”
— Tracee Ellis Ross
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I would like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free… so other people could also be free.

- Rosa Parks

 
If I fall, I’ll fall five feet four inches forward in the fight for freedom. I’m not backing off.
— Fannie Lou Hamer