RLD is an artist, activist and creative educator residing in Brooklyn, New York.
His plays include SYNDROME,The Homosexual Agenda, Friends & Lovers, The Glam Factor, We The People andAMERICANBLACKOUT.
He is the creator of the performance series Meditation on a Theme, co-host of the podcast Takin U Back (with Jenn Wehrung) and co-host of the live stream chat show Gray Matter, with David Maddalena.
Commissioned by Brooklyn College for two performance pieces – In The Eyes of God and Intolerable – he has performed as part of the National Network for Education Renewal Conference (NNER), was a selected playwright for the Tectonic Theater Project’s LGBT Theater Artists of Color Training Lab in NYC & was a featured performer - in partnership with Brooklyn College/GLARE (GLBTQ Advocacy in Research & Education) – at the 18th Annual Shepard Symposium on Social Justice in Laramie.
He has worked as Director of Arts & Culture at the LGBT Center of NYC and as Grant Manager for the NYC Department of Education, overseeing arts education at a portfolio of NYC public schools and produer of the 21st Century Chronicles, a youth arts festival.
He continues to record and create music at the intersection of gospel and soul, examine gender and masculinity through essays at The Good Men Project and develop artistic work at the crossroads of race, gender and sexuality.
Photo/Styling Cover Page: Mert Erdem-Michael Wilson