Two non-binary actors make history
J Harrison Ghee and Alex Newell, two non-binary actors, have made history by receiving Tony Award nominations for their roles in Broadway musicals.
Ghee, who uses they/them pronouns, was nominated for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for their performance in “Thoughts of a Colored Man,” a play exploring the experiences of Black men in America. Ghee’s nomination is a significant milestone for non-binary representation in the theatre industry, as they are the first non-binary performer to be nominated in a leading category at the Tony Awards.
Newell, who also uses they/them pronouns, received a nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for their role in the revival of “Once On This Island,” a musical retelling of the classic fairy tale “The Little Mermaid.” Newell has previously been recognized for their work on Broadway, but this nomination marks another step forward for non-binary performers in the industry.
Both Ghee and Newell have been vocal advocates for non-binary representation and diversity in the theatre industry. They have used their platforms to raise awareness about the challenges faced by non-binary performers, including the lack of roles written for non-binary actors and the difficulties of navigating gendered spaces in the theatre world.
The Tony Award nominations for Ghee and Newell are a powerful reminder of the importance of diversity and inclusivity in the arts. Non-binary performers have often been overlooked and marginalized in the theatre industry, but these nominations are a sign of progress and a step towards a more inclusive and representative future.
As the theatre industry continues to evolve and adapt, it is essential that non-binary performers are given the opportunities and recognition they deserve. Ghee and Newell’s nominations are a significant step forward in this ongoing journey towards equality and representation in the arts.