The Cast (Edinburgh)
Calpernia Addams (Sandra)
Calpernia Addams is an actress, musician, author and activist living in Hollywood. The story of her relationship with murdered Army soldier Barry Winchell, Soldier’s Girl, was nominated for a Golden Globe, Emmy and many other awards, and has gone on to become an LGBT classic around the globe. She starred in the first television show to examine dating for transsexual women, Transamerican Love Story and has an extensive listing of other IMDB credits. She has spoken across the USA and internationally on many topics, most recently at Oxford University.
Calpernia has been presented with a Peabody Award, a GLAAD Media Award, the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network's Randy Shilts Visibility Award, The National Gay & Lesbian Task Force's Leadership Award, and she is also a decorated military war veteran recognized by the US Congress for assistance in rescuing a downed Chinese airliner in Alaska's Aleutian Islands.
Calpernia has worked extensively with top celebrities and directors to consult on projects (including Dallas Buyers Club and Transamerica) that went on to be nominated for, or win, Academy Awards, Golden Globes, Emmys, a Peabody and many other awards.
With her business partner Andrea James, Calpernia mounted the first all trans-women cast production of Eve Ensler'sThe Vagina Monologues. They were mentored by Eve and actress Jane Fonda, with whom Calpernia went on to perform the monologues at the 72,000 seat New Orleans Superdome to raise money for the women and girls affected by Hurricane Katrina.
Catherine Fitzgerald (Josephine)
Catherine Fitzgerald is an actor, director and writer based in Adelaide. She was part of the Troupe Theatre Collective, and has worked for Vitalstatistix, State Theatre Company South Australia, Mainstreet Theatre, Junction Theatre and ABC Television. She was the founding member of the Drag King ensemble Ben Dover and his Beautiful Boys and The Fabulous Semaphore Guitar Band and the comedy duo Bock and Fitz. She appeared in Rolf De Heers award winning film Dance Me to My Song. Earlier this year recently she appeared in the television comedy series PLONK. She has served as Artistic Director of Mainstreet Theatre and Vitalstatistix National Women’s Theatre, where she produced and/or directed over forty productions and events. She was appointed Artistic Director of Feast Festival, Adelaide Queer Cultural Festival in 2013. In 2003 she was awarded The Centenary Medal for ‘the development of women artists in South Australia through Vitalstatistix.
Jay Knowles (Luna)
Jay Knowles is thrilled to be making her professional acting debut after years spent working behind the scenes as a stylist to the stars. Her signature style has appeared in top fashion shows for Spiegel, The Michael Anthony Collection and others during NY Fashion Week, and on celebrities such as Micheal Kors, Russell Simmons, Amanda Brown, Gabby Sinabe, Nina Sky, Taryn Manning and Laverne Cox. The lead fashion stylist for the #men and the 10 ComMANdments book tour in 2014, she is a force to be reckoned with.
Bianca Leigh (Tatiana)
Bianca Leigh is one of downtown New York City’s leading lights, has been called “A breakout star” by Time Out New York. Her eclectic roles include Frannie Halcyon in Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City (ACT workshop), Time/Wind in Tayor Mac's The Lily's Revenge, Livia in Theatre Askew's I Claudius Live, Olivia in Twelfth Night as well as in her solo musical BUSTED at the Laurie Beechman Theatre. Miss Leigh is best known for her role as Mary Ellen in the film TransAmerica.
Rebecca Root (Eden)
Rebecca Root is one of the leads in BBC Two’s forthcoming comedy series Boy Meets Girl, making her the first openly transgender woman to star in a BBC sitcom. She trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, following two seasons with the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain. She has worked across a range of platforms, including television, theatre, film and spoken word for over two decades. Amongst her many credits are appearances in Hollyoaks, The Danish Girl (Working Title), Midsomer Murders, Casualty, Keeping Up Appearances, The Detectives, Hamlet (directed by Peter Hall); The Lady's Not For Burning (UK tour), Tartuffe (Traffic of the Stage/Pentameters); The Shaughraun (Upstairs at The Gatehouse); Der Rosenkavalier (Royal Opera House) and The Sleeping Beauty (Mariinsky Ballet).
Carolyn Michelle Smith (Zakia)
Broadway: Romeo and Juliet directed by David Leveaux. Off-Broadway: Soldier X, (Ma-Yi Theatre Company, NYC), Hit The Wall (Barrow Street Theatre, NYC), Serial. Black. Face Workshop (Juilliard/Signature Theatre, NYC). US Regional Theatre: World Premiere of WHADDABLOODCLOT!!! by Katori Hall (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Rich Girl by Victoria Stewart, (The Old Globe, San Diego), Uncle Sam's... Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Seattle Shakespeare Company, and Princeton Rep. Television: Isabelle in the much-anticipated pilot Codes of Conduct directed by Steve McQueen (HBO), and the recurring role of Willa Penton for the Emmy Award-winning series House of Cards (Netflix). Education: Fordham University at Lincoln Center (B.A), British-American Drama Academy's Midsummer at Oxford, and full-scholarship and graduate of The Juilliard School.
Gail Winar (Swing for Sandra, Eden and Josephine)
Gail Winar is an actor, director, producer and arts educator. Gail has degrees from NYU and the Shakespeare Theatre Company, as well as having trained at the Royal National Theatre of Great Britain. She has toured throughout the UK and Europe, and has performed in regional theaters across the US. She originated roles in the world premieres of Missa Solemnis in NYC; Beyond Gravity for NJ Rep Co and What I Heard About Iraq at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Directing credits include works for the George Street Playhouse, New Jersey Repertory Company, Kean University, Classics on Tour and the American Globe Theatre. Gail currently teaches for the Roundabout Theatre Company on Broadway and at Kean University, as well as having taught at NYU, CUNY, Columbia Teacher’s College, Vassar College, Stockholm University, National Shakespeare Company, Theatre for a New Audience, Shakespeare Theatre Company and the Jakarta International School in Indonesia. With Paul Lucas Productions, Gail has produced dozens of theater projects including the highly-acclaimed premiere of TimeSlips in NYC, and several awarding-winning shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.