About the team
David John Phillips (Performer and Sound Design)
David works out of both Toronto and New York City. He recently won the Best Supporting Actor Award at the New York Theatre Festival’s Summerfest. NY stage credits include Gallimard in M Butterfly (Woodstock Playhouse), and Kreon in a mostly naked, almost outdoors production of Ann Carson’s Antigonick (Torn Out Theatre). In Toronto, he has played Bernadette in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (LOT; RIP), Pickering in Pygmalion (Guild), and Protasius in Purgatory in Ingolton (Summerworks).
He has appeared in many films, including Dim the Fluorescents (Slamdance Grand Jury Prize), Diamond Tongues, Pink Rabbit, and Almost Adults.
He is a surveillance scholar and has co-created two immersive, kaleidoscopic romps through the practices and institutions of surveillance – Cluster Fucked and Work and Play at the Threshold of Legibility.
Matthew Baldwin (Playwright)
Matthew Baldwin is a writer and actor who lives between Bangkok and London. He served as Chairman of Above The Stag Theatre in London from 2012 – 2023 and as Artistic Director from 2021 – 2022.
In 2013 Matthew and Thomas Hescott developed The Act, a play for one actor, for Oval House. Matthew was nominated for an Off West End award for Best Actor and jointly with Tom in the category of Best New Playwright. In 2014 The Act transferred to Trafalgar Studios in the West End. In 2020 The Act was made into a short film starring Samuel Barnett and Simon Lennon. It was selected for the BFI Flare, Raindance and Hollyshorts festivals among many others.
Also in 2014, Matthew and Tom wrote Outings for James Seabright Productions which enjoyed a successful run at the Edinburgh Festival and a national tour. Outings returned in June 2017 for a celebrity gala performance at the Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue.
His latest play, Cheaper by the Hour, about a gay brothel in contemporary West London, is mooted for production in 2024.
Film and TV work as an actor includes Material Girl and EastEnders (BBC); Augustus Pike in The Dark Room and Christabelle in The Act (Cinema Hades); Kenneth Harris in The Crown (Netflix). Matthew is a fixture on the Pantomime scene and is a founder member of He’s Behind You Ltd – a company that produces London’s best adult pantomime. This season he will be performing at the Charing Cross Theatre.
He is very proud to have contributed to Queers. To write for the BBC, work with Mark Gatiss and see the monologue performed at the Old Vic was a triple whammy from which he may never recover.
Vishmayaa Jeyamoorthy (Lighting Design)
Vishmayaa is a lighting designer and researcher based in Tkaronto (Toronto). She has designed all over the world. Notable credits include designing for The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and Theatre Kingston, and teaching lighting workshops on BIPOC centered lighting design. She is currently pursuing a JD at Osgoode Hall Law School.
Glad Day Bookshop
Glad Day is the oldest queer bookstore in the world.