Kelindah bee Schuster, 2021
Kelindah bee Schuster (they/them) is a nonbinary educator and drag performance artist known as “Theydy Bedbug” who grew up in Singapore and Indonesia. They lead a cohort-based course at BAX called “Drag Performance: Between and Beyond Gender“, which exposes participants to the lineages of drag performance and provides a brave space to explore a full range of gender expression through performance, pantomime, lip sync, gesture, tableau, reveal, improvisation, and written reflections—taking drag beyond what we see in popular culture. Kelindah studied Drama and Gender studies at Vassar College and have been teaching, technical directing, and creating art at BAX since 2015. As their performance persona, they have performed and produced in venues such as Pioneer Works, Gibney Dance, Dixon Place, Triskelion Arts, Coney Island USA, The Stonewall Inn, UCB, Chelsea Music Hall, The Tank, BAM, VICE Headquarters, Columbia University, National Sawdust, and The Knockdown Center. Their teaching makes space for problem-solving societal dilemmas, imagining new possibilities, and expressing differences with joyful authenticity. They believe that access to spaces of genderful play in performance and creation is a step toward collective liberation.