Wayne Self
Playwright and composer

Wayne Self is an activist composer and playwright whose musicals explore the spiritual lives of people who live outside society’s prescribed gender behaviors. His latest musical drama, Upstairs, tells the story of the largest crime against LGBT people in U.S. history, the 1973 arson fire at the Upstairs Lounge in New Orleans, La. Upstairs premieres June 20 in New Orleans for the 40th anniversary of the fire. (For more information visit upstairsmusical.com.) Through his essays, art, and advocacy, Wayne has worked to help people across the political spectrum understand and model a more inclusive spirituality.

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