It’s with delight and excitement that we announce the cast of the inaugural New York City production of The Sex Myth: A Devised Play! Each of these incredible performers brings a unique and personal story to the stage. The play will show at HERE August 16-20, 2017. Tickets go on sale July 19.
Jari Jones is a black trans multi-faceted artist residing in New York. With her start in musical theater, Jari has graced some of New York’s greatest stages, performing in productions such as Disney’s High School Musical, Ragtime and recently a 2 year run of Lin Manuel’s In The Heights. Jari later shifted into fashion, building a successful career as a fashion and editorial photographer, but quickly became internationally recognized as a LGBTQ and body positive public figure in front of the camera as well. Jari has been featured in publications such as Teen Vogue, NYLON, and The Advocate for her insight on fashion within politics, body positivity, and LGBTQ community building and relationships. Jari along with her girlfriend have also been recently spotlighted in the acclaimed exhibit Perpetual Revolutions: The Image and Social Change at the ICP ( International Center of Photography) and a number of other International galleries highlighting Trans-Lesbian Relationships and Queer Bodied Empowerment. Jari dedicates her artistry in all mediums to uplift and launch careers of marginalized artists and the people who support them.
Jennie Runk is an American model represented by JAG Models in New York. Born in Georgia and raised in Missouri, Jennie was discovered in a Petsmart while volunteering for a cat adoption service. A proud (and recently married!) member of the LGBTQ community, Jennie is passionate about inclusion and empowerment for all people. Considered plus-size by the fashion industry, Jennie starred in the H&M summer swimwear campaign, graced the April cover of Marie Claire France and will be starring in the Straight/Curve documentary where she’ll share her compelling perspective on the future of her industry.
Non Kuramoto is an actor, comedian, and feminist-art-slut. At Northeastern University, where she is a rising senior, she has performed in Antigone, Columbinus, and House of Bernarda Alba. She co-founded the Northeastern Shakespeare Society and has designed and built costumes for three productions. When not on or off-stage, she can be found covered in paint or shooting people with a camera. She spends the rest of her time musing about fashion as the Editor-In-Chief of The Avenue.
You can hear Non’s voice at a variety of mics around New York City and Boston, or on her theatre-centric podcast Where’s Julie?
Darius is a company member and administrative assistant of The Family Repertory Company where he has taught and performed since 2015. His most notable credits include Christian in Ruined at the Athens & Epidaurus Festival in Greece, Hal Carter in Picnic, and most recently, Conduit #2 in Adonis Memories, an immersive experience. He is absolutely delighted to have the opportunity to perform in The Sex Myth: A Devised Play this Summer!
Claire Beaudreault is New Orleans-born, Los Angeles/Philippines/West Virginia-bred rapper-slash-actress. A founding member of irreverent, semi-viral feminist hip-hop group Hand Job Academy, she performs and releases music as Clara Bizna$$. Acting credits include Miranda in The Tempest, Helga in Cabaret, and “tattooed hipster” in the background of every TV show that shoots in NYC. Once upon a time, she was a character performer at Walt Disney World. Claire earned her BFA in Puppetry from West Virginia University, and dreams of appearing in a Quentin Tarantino movie. Twitter and Instagram: @ClaraBiznass
Sergio Castillo is an actor, writer, director, and producer for both theatre and film. His NYC acting credits include: Audience Participation (Manhattan Repertory Theatre Festival Winner), The Prenup (Strawberry Festival Finalist), Dust (Third Room Productions), Kristina (August Strindberg Repertory Theatre), The Councilwoman (West Village Musical Theatre Festival), After (End Rape Now), Plutus (Curious Frog Theatre Company), The Taming of the Shrew (Queens Players), The Bald Soprano (Dance New Amsterdam), and Hello Out There (Dance New Amsterdam). He completed his MFA at the Actors Studio Drama School; Pace University. Since graduating he has directed and starred in six films: My Brooklyn (Praxis Culture Films) Have You Ever Been With A Latin Guy? (Praxis Culture Films), Coda For A Dream (Praxis Culture Films), No Translation (Praxis Culture Films), Lonely Ciphers (Working Class Films), and Never Worn (Working Class Films). Sergio has served on the Brooklyn Arts Council and is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA.
Sherill-Marie is a Master of Arts candidate in NYU Steinhardt’s Educational Theatre program (Spring 2018). Her most recent work has been rooted in immersive, improvised, and devised theatre alongside companies such as The Murder Mystery Company, People’s Theatre Project, and Fantasy Theatre Factory. Additional theatre credits include Little Shop of Horrors (Ronette), Much Ado About Nothing (Margaret), and Seussical the Musical (Sour Kangaroo). A native of Union City, NJ, Sherill-Marie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Ethnicity and Race Studies from Columbia University. In her spare time, she tries to come as close as she can to flying, through aerial arts.
Shaan, 28, is a flâneur, songfish, and writer of ontology. While his pen inclines primarily toward the dialogical metaphysics of consciousness and the abstract language in which it is enveloped, he too remarks regularly upon broad cultural and political tectonics under the nom de guerre Sach Dev. When his voice is not impelled toward conceptual courtship, it animates a scraggly musical persona known as The Dignity of Solomon Shah. With gratitude and vim, he inaugurates his disclosure within New York theater – HERE.