October 15, 2010

Kestryl Cael Lowrey, ’07

Performance Artist / Author

When I began my Gender Studies minor, I had no idea that it would have a significant impact on my future work, both at Lewis & Clark and beyond.  I graduated in 2007 with a double-major in Sociology/Anthropology (SOAN) and Theatre and a minor in Gender Studies. For my SOAN thesis, I did an autoethnographic study, focusing on butch and transmasculine gender identity narratives.  The research I conducted for my SOAN thesis ended up supporting my senior theatre project as well: I wrote and performed a solo show about transmasculinity and testosterone, titled “XY(T).”

 I moved to New York City immediately after graduating, craving a drastic change from Portland’s grey skies and mellow pace.  After a few months in the city, I got the opportunity to perform my solo show, XY(T), as part of a small, off-off-Broadway fringe theatre festival.  From there, I took the show to the New York International Fringe Festival in 2008, and followed by a month-long run at the historic WOW Café Theatre in 2009.  In 2009, I completed my Master’s degree in Performance Studies at New York University. I specialized in queer performance, particularly focusing on transgender performance in everyday settings.  Now, I split my time between developing new performances, working in arts education, and touring to colleges and festivals throughout North America to perform and lecture on queer and transgender topics.  


Kestryl Cael Lowrey
Performance Artist / Author
MA, Performance Studies
p: 516-KES-TRYL (516-537-8795)
e: kestryl@pomofreakshow.com