31 Days 31 Trans Voices | Day 22: Sean Dorsey, Unpacking Masculinity

Sean Dorsey is widely recognized as the United States’ first acclaimed transgender contemporary dance choreographer. He is a choreographer, dancer, writer, and trans rights activist. He is the Artistic Director of Sean Dorsey Dance and the founder and Artistic Director of Fresh Meat Productions in San Francisco, CA.

Dorsey has been awarded four Isadora Duncan Dance Awards and the Goldie Award for Performance. He has been named in Dance Magazine’s 25 To Watch, American Theater Magazine’s Top 20 To Watch, and named “San Francisco’s Best Dance Company” (SF Weekly).

His dances are powerful explorations of human experience. His works are a fusion of full-throttle dance, luscious partnering, intimate storytelling and theater. Dorsey’s works have been called “exquisite…poignant and important” (BalletTanz), “trailblazing” (San Francisco Chronicle) and “evocative, compelling, elegant” (LA Weekly). Dorsey has toured his work to 30 US cities.

Dorsey has been awarded support from the National Endowment for the Arts, National Dance Project, New England Foundation for the Arts, National Performance Network, Creative Work Fund, Kenneth Rainin Foundation, Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation, Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, San Francisco Arts Commission, and the James Irvine Foundation. Dorsey is the nation’s first transgender dance artist to be awarded NEA support.

Sean Dorsey | Photo Lydia Daniller

Dorsey’s work has been commissioned by Bates Dance Festival (Maine), Dance Place (Washington DC), Queer Cultural Center (San Francisco), 7 Stages (Atlanta), The Theater Offensive (Boston), Links Hall (Chicago), Maui Arts & Cultural Center (Maui), and Highways Performance Space (Los Angeles).

Dorsey is a pioneer, visionary leader, and creative arts advocate. His company and original dance works tour across the country while leading transformative and educational workshops to promote acceptance and trans equity in dance.

Dorsey is also one of few artistic directors to create jobs and feature hundreds of gender non-conforming artists on the stage. “I have worked really, really hard not only at my own art, but also to create opportunities for other trans and gender-nonconforming people through my arts non-profit Fresh Meat Productions,” Dorsey tells Forbes. “Through our year-round programs, we invest in the creative expression and cultural leadership of trans and gender-nonconforming communities.”

Dorsey’s newest work is Boys In Trouble, a powerful evening of dances that unpack masculinity with unflinching honesty. Boys In Trouble hits the stage as America grapples with toxic masculinity, the Trans revolution, and renewed attacks on trans and LGBTQ rights. In turns powerful, explosive, devastatingly honest, humorous and sexy, Boys In Trouble offers an urgent and timely examination of American masculinity’s deep roots.

Sean Dorsey Dance, The Lost Art Of Dreaming | Photo Lydia Daniller

Boys In Trouble is available for tour bookings through 2020: please contact them with inquiries.

Read more about Sean Dorsey Dance here:



@SeanDorseyDance onTwitter

Sean Dorsey Dance 16th Annual Home Season

A Sneak peek…

Part One of an all-new work:

“The Lost Art of Dreaming”


Z Space, San Francisco, CA

Fresh Meat Festival of trans and queer performance

June 18-20, 2020

Z Space, San Francisco, CA

FOR GENERAL INQUIRIES: contact Sean Dorsey Dance’s General Manager at freshmeatinfo@gmail.com
FOR BOOKINGS: contact Sean Dorsey Dance’s Program Manager at manager@seandorseydance.com


For transgender dancers, progress can’t come fast enough

Terry Willits

Trans Speak's Editor-in-Chief is an international mixed media artist, writer, LGBTQ advocate, coffee snob, dog dad, and FTM transgender - but not necessarily in that order, who practices what he posts. A native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; he now does the writing thing from St. Louis, Missouri. You should check out his work - it's recommended by 4 out of 5 people that recommend stuff.

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