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Kelindah bee Schuster, 2021 (and Guest Faculty, 2024)

Kelindah bee Schuster (they/them) is a performance artist, producer, and educator known as Theydy Bedbug. In performance, they use caricature, lip sync, embodied movement and spoken text to reclaim their body, to unsettle gender and to reckon with belonging. In both class and in performance, they prompt students and audiences to question the self-perception they’ve come to accept as a given and foster spaces that welcome our whole selves to be present.

Growing up in Jakarta, Indonesia and Singapore, they were surrounded by vivid art and plentiful international collaborators. They moved to the US in 2011 to attend Vassar College where they studied Drama and Gender Studies. In 2016 they entered the Brooklyn drag scene and in 2019 won the title “Mx. Brooklyn” in a local drag competition formerly known as Mr(s). Brooklyn. In 2021 they founded a (now biannual) 12-week drag class at BAX, “Drag Performance: Between and Beyond Gender,” which guides emerging drag artists to develop a persona and build an act within a supportive community.

In the past few years, they have presented work at Lehman College, SVA, Barnard College, Triskelion Arts, Gibney Dance, The Knockdown Center, The Stone Church, The Kraine Theater, House of Yes, BAX, The Stonewall Inn, The Brick, The Flea, The Tank, Pioneer Works, Google NY, FIT, VICE Headquarters, UCB, BAM Fisher, The Hangar Theater, Chelsea Music Hall, National Sawdust, Coney Island Sideshows by the Seashore, JACK among countless other venues in New York and beyond.

Recently, they were profiled as a drag educator by the NY Times. As a Queer | Art Mentorship 2024 Fellow, they are currently developing a one-bug show, “KeepSake,” under the mentorship of trans trailblazer Kate Bornstein.

They believe that when we connect and create art that channels our authentic expression liberated from gender norms, we make space for more ways of being: one pathway to new-world building.

Instagram: @theydy.bedbug
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