Donald Shorter

Conroe, TX

I am a storyteller. I use my personal life narrative to bring awareness to the varying levels of social injustice I face daily based on my race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. Choreographer, dancer, writer, director, singer, actor, drag queen, videographer, and activist are labels I interchange on a daily basis. I make work that creates conversations about the world in which we live. 

I'm a former principal dancer with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company (2003-2007) and went on to re stage works for the company at Barnard College, The University of Idaho, and Towson University. I've toured in Broadway shows such as: La Cage Aux Folles, A Chorus Line, and HAIRSPRAY. I am the creator/writer/performer of my one-woman show GENDEROSITY, which uses drag transformation to talk about my life as a gender nonconformist. I've received an M.F.A. in Dance from NYU Tisch School of the Arts under a Dean's Fellowship. My work has premiered and has been performed at the Pompidou Center, The Wild Project, MOMA PS1 AllGold Space, Center for Performance Research, Judson Memorial Church, 92nd Street Y,  and Dixon Place.