Taking the Stage with Sean Dorsey and Shawna Virago at Commonwealth Club

Thursday, October 24, 2019
12pm – 1pm

Commonwealth Club of California
110 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94105


Join us for a conversation with a leading trans artistic couple—Shawna Virago and Sean Dorsey—about their lives as transgender activists and successful performing artists.

Shawna Virago is a singer and songwriter who is known for her striking lyric-based songs. She was one of the country’s first openly transgender women to perform and tour nationally. She is also the artistic director of the San Francisco Transgender Film Festival, which will take place November 7–10 at San Francisco’s Roxie Theater.

Sean Dorsey founded and leads the Sean Dorsey Dance troupe, which is celebrating its 15th year. He is known as the nation’s first critically acclaimed transgender choreographer in modern dance; he has toured 30 cities domestically and abroad. He has been awarded four Isadora Duncan Dance Awards and the Goldie Award for Performance.

Sean Dorsey, Founder and Artistic Director, Sean Dorsey Dance; Artistic Director, Fresh Meat Productions; Choreographer; Dancer; Writer; Trans Activist
Shawna Virago, Singer; Songwriter; Artistic Director, San Francisco Transgender Film Festival; Trans Activist

Michelle Meow, Host, “The Michelle Meow Show” (Radio and KBCWtv); Twitter @msmichellemeow
John Zipperer, Host, Week to Week Political Roundtable, Commonwealth Club of California