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Neither Stewart, whom Ramirez recommended for the role of Nina, nor Shantira Jackson, who plays the third member of the triad, the masc of center Lenny, seemed fully ready to believe they were being given such an opportunity.
When Jones pointed out that Stewart hadn’t revealed that they were involved in the project, despite the two being friends, they explained it was our of a sense of self-protection.
“A lot of it is that I’ve grown up in this world as a black trans woman who came from Birmingham, Alabama, and found my way to New York City. That feels precocious enough. I think girls like us have kind of been trained to never trust that it’s going to happen until it happens,” they said…
Stewart made it clear they wanted the third partner to not be a white person, saying they are “dedicated to showing black love onscreen in all of its many facets.”
“I think we have enough stories of seeing black queer love attached to whiteness,” they added.”
– Jeff Taylor, NewNowNext
Ianne Fields Stewart, who stars alongside Ramirez in "Baggage" and is Black, queer, and transfeminine, said over email, “The series is a touching reminder to audiences and myself that complex conversations don’t have to hurt. They can be inviting and warm. I think that’s what I hope we’ve created with my character Nina.”
“What does it take for a young, queer, Black trans woman to let go of fairy tales and live in the much more beautiful reality? What does it look like to step into the role of the one who comforts others? And how do you find the courage to yourself be comforted?” Stewart says. “These are a few of the questions we ask in The Feels."
"I truly hope whoever watches this walks away inspired to find their own answers," Stewart says. "Most importantly, I hope my community feels we took care of them."
– Deena ElGenaidi, MTV News
“Also creating an indelible impression was Ian Fields Stewart, who self-identifies on Facebook as a black, queer and gender-nonconforming storyteller and activist, as La Cienega, believed to be the first transgender high school character featured in a Broadway musical. This tall and fearless performer fills the stage with sassiness.”
-Mark Lord, Queens Chronicle
"In "Survivor Tango," the show’s strongest piece, the cast shares common situations related to sexual harassment and assault, some of which are based upon their own experiences."
- Adrienne Urbanski, Theatre is Easy
“Blurred Lines” not only uses the power of words to convey a call to action to end rape culture, they also integrated movement and dance throughout the performance. Choreographer Ianne Fields Stewart told GO, “Words carve a specific journey for the audience which we find entry points into for our own narrative throughout that journey. Movement creates an emotional architecture which every audience member can superimpose their story onto.”
The process of reclaiming autonomy is an important step in healing for many survivors. “Each actor has come to this piece with different baggage given to them by a society that continuously strips them of bodily autonomy,” Stewart said. “It is my job as the choreographer to provide the space for them to reclaim some of that autonomy and shape the piece as a whole to better serve the piece.”
– Corinne Werder, Go Magazine
"The way I interpret activism in theater, in its revolutionary sense, is that you are literally leading the horses to water, so to speak…. You are leading the audience to the next moment or the next movement, rather than just presenting them with options and thoughts that they can sit with” (Stewart)
- Matthew DeNapoli Champagne and Ashley Marinaccio, Casting Out Violence
"an androgynous, purely fabulous Jesus Christ (Ianne Fields Stewart, a truly sharp and contagious actor)."
- Lexi Orphanos, Theatre is Easy
"I found the dance segments particularly compelling: Beautifully executed by the company and smartly choreographed by Ianne Fields Stewart, the dance sections predominantly fuse classical ballet and modern techniques (with hints of May Day pole dances, musical theater styles, and country thrown in occasionally), providing a key juxtaposition between traditional images of “feminine perfection” and expressionistic images of the turmoil these “perfectionist” pressures cause.”
-Rachel Abrams, Theatre is Easy
" The choreography was impressive and on point”"
-The Angry Redheaded Lawyer blog
“ The audience follows the pair into an anteroom, in which we learn, via a beautifully-rendered dance sequence, the legend of the diamond: long ago, a Lady Queen (Ianne F. Stewart) came to the kingdom of a Boy Prince (Nikita Chaudhry)...This tale proves an apt metaphor for the events to come, and its themes of love and betrayal echo throughout as Stewart and Chaudhry hover at Untameable’s peripheries, intercutting scenes with graceful, silent vignettes of the Prince and Queen’s doomed courtship.”
-Emily Cordes, Theatre is Easy
"The conference ended on a dramatic note with a performance by a Theatre Group of young women called ‘Girl Be Heard.’ Introduced by Peggy Kerry [John Kerry’s sister] the girls had written, and performed, their personal perceptions of the [sustainable development goals]. The writing was powerful and the performances moving."