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A Singular They

Change is the universal aspect of all these sources of story. Story is something moving, something happening, something or somebody changing.

Ursula K Le Guin
toby dancing on crutches in a red dress
Photo by Robyn Nicole Film & Photo for Dancing Queerly 2019

When change is who you are, who are you?

I am: a crutch user, a wheelchair user, a walking person, on the floor, an aerialist, a climber. I have grown a beard and I have grown breasts. I am short and broad and hairy; I am flexible and graceful. My body hurts. My body is strong. I walk and I do not walk, on four legs and three legs and two legs and none. I have many genders and none. One body - many - nothing.

How do you tell several stories at once? The same way you live them.

"I paint self-portraits because I am the subject I know best."

Frida Kahlo
Toby upside down in fabric, face spotlight, brow furrowed
Photo by Elaine Eldridge

A Singular They is an evening-length solo show in development. I am welcoming all my contradictory modes of being into the same room together. Pieces are created by me and five collaborating choreographers who can draw out certain facets of my experience and let them shine. Different solos use different apparatuses and engage different elements of identity and embodiment, including an outsider's approach to masculinity, the way time changes with chronic pain, and what it's like to find freedom.

Work in Progress Videos

"Time Dilation", winter 2019
"(It Takes) Two", as shown at the Fresh Meat Festival of Queer & Trans Performance, June 2018, San Francisco


I am joined in this endeavor by:

  • Project Assistant, Dawn States
  • Collaborating Choreographers: Christal Brown, Nicole Dagesse, Polly Motley, NEVE, and Noah Witke-Mele
  • Musical Collaborators including Liana Nuse

Learn more about the team here!

A Singular They is also supported by fiscal sponsorship from Vermont Dance Alliance, residency time with the New England Center for Circus Arts, and funding from the MAP Fun, NEFA, the Vermont Arts Council.


You can support the work and follow its development by backing me on Patreon.

If you'd like to discuss touring to your venue, or want to get email updates about the premiere and tour, email

Toby seated on a stool in a spotlight, back arched, arms bent pulling down from overhead, head back and eyes closed
Photo by David Punia