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About the Creator

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“One day you’ll look back and see that all along: you were blooming”

-Morgan Harper Nichols

My name is Riley Jay, and my pronouns are He/They/Ey

I am an autistic, transgender entrepreneur and creative originally from Grand Rapids, MI! After a decade in SouthEast MI, I am back in Grand Rapids, MI. I graduated in 2019 from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor's in Theatre with a minor in Drama & Theatre for the Young. I am currently attending Brooklyn College to receive my MFA in Performing Arts Management. I have been a member of EMU's Playback theatre group since 2017, and I am certified in Playback through the New York School of Playback.

 

For work, I currently do anything I can get my hands on. From gig work to multiple part-time positions, I like learning about all aspects of working in the theatre world and where my strengths and abilities lie. I am passionate about theatre arts and creating awareness and inclusivity wherever I go.

 

From 2018-2023, I helped run a drag group called Boylesque Michigan. Their mission is "to put on a fabulous show & create change by raising money for local non-profits." During my time with them, a lot of successful changes took place. Pre-COVID-19, Boylesque only traveled locally in SouthEast MI. During the pandemic, Boylesque produced up to four virtual drag shows a week and hosted various virtual gatherings - equaling about 185 virtual shows over the course of two years! Once the world reopened in 2021, Boylesque transferred to a hybrid platform and not only continued to offer virtual events that are watched worldwide, but they now travel nationwide as well, hosting a variety of fundraisers and drag-themed events.​ My time with this group was truly life-changing.

As I move forward in life, I am continuing to learn, grow, and do what I love. This website looks into projects I am working on and my career paths. I hope you stick around for more because I am so excited to grow on this journey with you.

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