Gate Theatre Masterclass: Justin Vivian Bond and Anthony Roth Costanzo

Sunday, 10th September 2023 | 3:30pm to 5:00pm approx.

Queer Joy as Resistance in Live Performance

The Gate Theatre and Dublin Fringe Festival is pleased to announce a very special Masterclass on Sunday 10th September 2023.

How do you as an artist translate your experience into glamourous resistance? The Gate Theatre invites LGBTQIA+ artists to join us for this very special conversation in a safe space to discuss how centering joy can be a radical act.

As part of the Gate Theatre and Dublin Fringe Festival’s presentation of Only and Octave Apart with Dublin Fringe Festival, and in continuation of our Masterclass programme delivered by world-leading artists, American singer, songwriter and producer, Justin Vivian Bond, and American countertenor, actor and producer Anthony Roth Costanzo, will join drag superstar and world-renowned activist Veda in conversation.




The Masterclass is open to queer and LGBTQIA+ artists resident on the island of Ireland. Applicants must be available to attend the session in-person at the Gate Theatre on Sunday 10th September 2023. The session will not be available remotely or digitally. Please note that places will be strictly limited and that spaces will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and in conjunction with the criteria.


How to attend


Please submit your latest CV and 200 words on why you would like to attend this Masterclass to production@gate-theatre.ie. Please include in the subject line: BOND/COSTANZO Masterclass. Deadline to apply is 4.00pm on Wednesday 6th September 2023. Applications received after this deadline will not be considered. In your email, please let us know if you have any special access requirements. Successful applicants will be contacted by Friday 8th September 2023.

Please note that the Gate Theatre’s decision on participants is final and no correspondence will be entered into.



Justin Vivian Bond has garnered an OBIE Award, a Bessie Award, a Tony Award nomination, and an Ethyl Eichelberger Award. As one-half the the legendary Kiki and Herb and as a solo artist, their illustrious 30-year cabaret career has included headlining at Carnegie Hall, The Sydney Opera House, and appearances in films (‘Shortbus’, ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’). Their memoir ‘Tango: My Childhood, Backwards and in High Heels’ won the Lambda Literary Award for transgender non-fiction.





Grammy Award winner Anthony Roth Costanzo was named Musical America’s 2019 Vocalist of the Year and is the exquisite star of Philip Glass’ ‘Akhnaten’ which recently triumphed again at the Metropolitan Opera. He will appear at this year’s Proms on 3 September at the spectacular space of Printworks London – a printing plant turned club venue – in ‘Glass Handel’, an operatic spectacle juxtaposing works by Philip Glass and Handel, featuring a specially commissioned work by Philip Glass.