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ABOUT US

STAFF

ADMIN TEAM
Sofi Lopez Arredondo- Artistic Intern

Sofi Lopez Arredondo- Artistic Intern

Sofi Lopez Arredondo (they/them) is a theatre artist from San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, passionate about care and consent-based practices in theatre, exciting narratives centering marginalized experiences, working towards a liberated theatre practice, and camp (ALWAYS camp!). Sofi is a senior at NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, finishing a concentration titled A Theatre Where Many Theaters Can Fit: Queering and Decolonizing Theatre, which engages with questions of theatre and the theatre-maker’s role in the projects of queer liberation and decolonization. Through their work with NQT, Sofi is excited to connect and support artists in bringing important transnational narratives of queerness to the stage. Recent credits include: A Caricature of Intimacy (Director, The Tank), this old haunt (Director, Tisch New Theatre), Dinner With The Headmistress (Director, Broke People Play Festival), The Gospel of Joan (Crawford) (Director, The Tank), House of Jake (Director, Broke People Play Festival), Gallatin Arts Festival (Producer, NYU Gallatin), Cabaret (Intimacy Choreographer, Tisch New Theatre), Amor Perfeito(Director, The Chain).

Sydney Gerlach- Education Intern

Sydney Gerlach- Education Intern

Sydney Gerlach (she/her) is an actor and educator currently completing her studies in Theatre and Education at Barnard College. Her passion lies in performance as craft but also performance as a tool for creating more equitable education models for young people, helping them unlock their full potential. Sydney's currently working on a senior thesis in education that examines the applications and uses of critical performance pedagogy in higher education settings and has been designing performance-focused curricula for young people for the past three years. Sydney is also a dedicated and experienced performer whose work includes Shakespeare, contemporary drama, dance theatre, and devised work. Her most recent acting credits include The Barnard Theatre Department's Twelfth Night, Pirandello Project, Sonic Life of A Giant Tortoise, and The Penelopiad as well as Jekyll and Hyde at the British American Drama Academy. She also acts as Social and Outreach Chair for the Columbia University NOMADS, a group that produces and facilitates student-written work. She hopes that through her work with NQT, she is able to bring the joy of performance and the vital skills theatre offers to a diverse range of queer youth and take what she learns from this internship into a future career as a teaching artist. Sydney believes in the transformative power of theater to help those who have historically been marginalized to find their voice, articulate their spirit, and engage with the world in meaningful and creative ways.

Adam Odsess Rubin - Founding Artistic Director

Adam Odsess Rubin - Founding Artistic Director

Adam Odsess-Rubin (He/Him) is the Founding Artistic Director of National Queer Theater (NQT) and Co-Founder of the acclaimed Criminal Queerness Festival, showcasing censored and criminalized LGBTQ+ artists from around the world. He directs community-based theater programs such as Write it Out! for playwrights living with HIV, New Visions Fellowship for Black trans artists, DREAMing Out Loud for LGBTQ undocumented youth, and Youth Write Now for young queer playwrights. Since 2021, he has been a lead Teaching Artist for Rainbow Connection, an intergenerational theater program for queer teens and elders in Fire Island. In 2023, he launched Staging Pride: Queer Youth Theater, a free afterschool theater program for marginalized LGBTQ+ youth in New York City at The Center. At NQT, Odsess-Rubin has presented work with Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York Theatre Workshop, NYC Pride, MCC Theater, and PAC NYC. Through NQT, he has raised over $600,000 for queer and trans artists since 2018, and has received praise for his work in The Advocate, The New York Times, American Theater Magazine, The Brooklyn Rail, and Time Out New York. Odsess-Rubin is a Teaching Artist and former Education Associate at New York Theatre Workshop, and served as the first Education and Community Programs Fellow at American Conservatory Theatre. Odsess-Rubin has published work in Howlround and The Teaching Artist Journal on queer theater education, and is a 2020 Mayor's Grant for Cultural Impact awardee and AM NY LGBTQ+ Power Player. BA: UC Santa Cruz MA: New York University.

Rose Oser - Producing Director

Rose Oser - Producing Director

Rose Oser (she/they) is a theater producer, writer, and performer. From 2017-2022, she worked at Z Space in San Francisco, rising from Associate Artistic Director to Interim Producing Director. Rose successfully co-led Z Space during the height of the pandemic and produced the world premiere of The Red Shades: A Trans Superhero Rock Opera. Other notable producing credits at Z Space: Problematic Play Festival (LMDA Bly Award) and the world premiere of Ripped by Rachel Bublitz (Will Glickman Award). As the Co-Artistic Director of FaultLine Theater in San Francisco from 2016-2019 (recipient of the Annette Lust Award in 2018), Rose mounted full productions of new works by a diverse array of emerging playwrights. She is the book writer of Shoshana in December, a new queer Hanukkah musical (December 2022 production Custom Made, Relentless Award Honorable Mention 2022, December 2021 reading Z Space, NEA ArtWorks recipient) and Tinderella: the modern musical (April 2018 world premiere FaultLine and Custom Made, March 2022 production Portland'5). She has produced and hosted over 35 performances of Tinder Disrupt, San Francisco’s hit PowerPoint dating show. She worked as the Grant Writer for American Conservatory Theater from 2014-2017. BA in Rhetoric from University of California, Berkeley.

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