Wed@One: Jose Solís & Peppermint
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The Hunter Theatre Department has announced that theatre critic and activist Jose Solís will be the Fall 2020 Floria Lasky Visiting Artist. Mr. Solís will host three online interviews with BIPOC artists during the semester, beginning on Sept 23rd, with guest Peppermint.
Jose Solís began his career as a critic when he was a teenager and launched a film review website while living in Honduras. He began writing about theatre while attending college in Costa Rica, and upon moving to NYC in 2012 focused entirely on the stage. His work has appeared in The New York Times, American Theatre, TDF Stages, Backstage, 3 Views, and America Magazine. He is the co-creator and co-host of the Token Theatre Friends podcast/web series.
Peppermint is a trailblazing actress, singer, DJ, reality star, and activist who defies limitations. A longtime key figure in queer nightlife, Peppermint’s star rose thanks to her smashing success as the first out trans contestant on Rupaul’s Drag Race where she finished as runner-up in one of the series’ most-talked-about finales. Soon after, her talent led her to become the first trans woman to originate a principal role on Broadway in the hit musical Head Over Heels.
As an activist, Peppermint has raised six-figure sums for prominent LGBT rights groups, partnered with the MAC Cosmetics AIDS Fund and is involved in the HIV Vaccine trials network. She is particularly concerned about the challenges faced by transgender and non-binary people in today’s political climate and takes every available opportunity to speak at universities and to various communities on the issue.
Recent projects include an appearance on Ryan Murphy’s Emmy award winning series “Pose,” a recurring role on the CBS series “God Friended Me,” and an upcoming role on the new Fox scripted drama “Deputy.” She is currently recording her fifth studio album, and looks forward to breaking new ground and being a positive voice during troublesome times.
Mr. Solís said, "I grew up fantasizing about sitting in the classrooms of the American colleges I watched as a kid in movies and television, so skipping that and going straight to working with Hunter College is both surreal and a dream come true. I'm delighted to celebrate the wisdom and craft of BIPOC theatremakers in the series, and can't wait to have conversations with the students."
We hope you'll join us for this exciting conversation with Jose and Peppermint.