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Kevin Kantor, Sophia Metcalf. (Photos by Karl Hugh)

Theatrical Mustang: Queering the Canon With Kevin Kantor and Sophia Metcalf

On this episode, Woodzick speaks to 2 non-binary actors currently performing in repertory at Utah Shakespeare Festival.

American Theatre is proud to be the venue for Theatrical Mustang, an independently produced podcast from actor-writer-activist Woodzick. Each month they’ll bring listeners interviews with unbridled talent and cultural trailblazers from across the country.

This month Woodzick interviews Kevin Kantor (they/them) and Sophia Metcalf (they/them), two actors currently performing in repertory at Utah Shakespeare Festival.

Kevin Kantor is a trans non-binary actor, director, and performance poet currently playing Parolles in All’s Well That Ends Well and Trinculo in The Tempest at the Utah Shakespeare Festival. They’ve worked at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Arizona Theatre Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville, B Street Theatre, and more. As a poet, their first full-length collection Please Come Off-Book, which explores the intersection of gender, performance, and the American theatre, was published with Button Poetry in March 2021. @Kevin_Kantor across all social media platforms.

Sophia K. Metcalf is an NYC-based actor, writer, and multi-instrumentalist. They appear this summer in Utah Shakespeare’s 2022 season as Ariel in The Tempest, and are the first transmasculine actor ever hired by the company. Other favorite credits include The Penelopiad, In The Next Room (The Vibrator Play), Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet, and their own play Guilty Party, which they co-wrote with fellow enby Sage Newman. They have their MFA in acting from UC Irvine and their B.A. from McGill University. IG @sophiakmetcalf.

Please note: Since the recording of this episode, the USF community has shared and celebrated TGNC actors who have been part of previous seasons, so the statement that Kevin and Sophia are the first TGNC actors in the company’s history to play principal characters has been publicly corrected on USF’s social media. 

You can also listen to the episode here.

The Theatrical Mustang podcast is co-produced and engineered by Ray Kathryn Morgen (they/them) and edited by CJ Higgins (they/them). Music by The Morgens using Citizen DJ Project, Library of Congress, National Jukebox.

This podcast is dedicated to the memory of Barton Cole, who coined the phrase “Theatrical Mustang.”

You can listen to episodes 1-138 of the Theatrical Mustang Podcast by visiting https://theatricalmustang.podbean.com. Email the podcast at theatricalmustang@gmail.com or send a tweet to @TheatricalM.

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