Travis Alabanza

Travis Alabanza


Travis AlabanzaPhotographer Eivind Hansen

Whether creating theatre, live art, or poetry, the performer’s work shows those with marginalised identities deserve to be both seen and heard

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LocationLondon, United Kingdom

    “For me, I have always been driven by growing up and being affected by not seeing myself,” says Travis Alabanza, who is remedying that feeling for themself and for many people like them. Alabanza’s work – whether theatre, live art, or poetry – offers power, recognition, and nourishment to those marginalised because of race, gender, or class, making up for countless people’s childhoods spent never being seen as beautiful, smart, or powerful.  

    Their 2018 solo show Burgerz got its name from a transphobic attack they suffered when pelted with a hamburger, but moved past trauma to explore gender perception and identity “beyond trans and cis” – being named one of the top Guardian Readers Choice for Best Theatre 2018 in the process.

    Besides that, Alabanza was the youngest ever leader of an Artist-in-Residence Workshop at the Tate, has given a TEDx talk, was named ‘future fighter’ at the Gay Times Honours Awards in 2018.

    “I never knew, growing up on a council estate, that I could be black, and queer, and trans, and still live a life with happiness, love, and friends,” they say. Alabanza is living proof – and they will be both seen and heard.

    Tom Rasmussen