We do our best to portray these performers in the context of their time,
not through the lens of our modern experience.


Breeches/Trouser role

– A male dramatic role, often that of a youth, written for or customarily performed by a woman

En Travesti

– Dressed as a member of the opposite sex for a theatrical role or sometimes used as a disguise

Male Impersonator

– A woman who dresses as a man and impersonates male characteristics for theatrical purposes

Drag King

– A person who creates a performance of masculinity for theatrical purposes using costume, make-up and gesture

Gender free

– An individual that performs gender from a non-binary or gender fluid perspective