orion s. johnstone is a Queer as fuck/care-centered organizer, theater director, composer, writer, facilitator, and community minister fiercely dedicated to our collective healing and liberation. Their main focus, at the moment, is writing their first book, entitled WHOLE SEX: beyond a memoir, visions and practices for being together bravely. Here is more info on the book and ways to support their writing process.
Their acclaimed, music-drenched, highly collaborative theater work is an extension of their organizing, rooted in our collective healing and liberation. This is their favorite recent interview as an artist.
They were composer/MD for Light Shining In Buckinghamshire (NYTW), and other original music of theirs has been featured at venues including CSC, HERE, 3LD, Joe’s Pub, the Bushwick Starr, and in NYMF. They were the associate music director of both national tours of War Horse. A graduate of NYU/Tisch, they were the youngest member of the New Dramatists’ Composer/Librettist Studio in 2006.
Also a multi-instrumentalist, singer, and conductor, they have worked with Anais Mitchell, Liz Swados, and Taylor Mac (among others). They spent 2008 in Prague collaborating with the Czech folk band Tripura, and their album of queer loves songs was developed through house concert/conversations in living rooms across the United States.
Also a thought leader in the realm of sexuality-from-a-place-of-wholeness, they are the Chief Director of Content for KinkedIn: a radically inclusive new dating app for kinky people, and their sex and relationships coaching practice is now entering its eighth year. They have allied with TORCH, the Pop-Up Museum of Queer History, and the Planned Parenthood Activist Council, interviews with them have been featured in publications from C-Realm to Playboy, and their vibrantly popular podcast, Sex For Smart People* (*that means you!), was dedicated to contextualizing ideas about sex and dating within a larger social justice framework (although they are no longer producing new episodes, all past content is still available on iTunes and Stitcher). Their theater work and sex education work is newly coming together as they are on the Leadership Council of A.R.T.’s Body Autonomy Program. Their favorite recent interviews about sexuality from a place of wholeness can be found here and here.
As an organizer/facilitator/lover-fighter, they co-catalyzed a collective-liberation-focused queer/trans community choir in NYC. Their other direct action choir group, Everybody Now!, aims to increase widespread collective confidence with singing and to amplify the voice of direct actions not just in volume, but also in beauty and power. They were a part of the core visioning team for the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture, a national (though not federally-affiliated) department committed to upturning consumer culture with a robust culture of creativity and exploding constraining notions of where, how, and why art happens. And in 2016, they were a founding member of Alt*Div: an alternative divinity school for soulful community builders within which they focused on conflict transformation as a spiritual practice, and they studied Justice Ministries at Auburn Seminary.
You can get in touch with orion at:
orion (dot) johnstone (at) gmail (dot) com