JUSTIN SAYRE

is best known as the creator and host of The Meeting* of the International Order of Sodomites, the acclaimed comedy/variety show. The Meeting* was named one of the Top 10 nightclub shows of 2011 by Time Out New York and received the 2012 Bistro Award for “Comedy Artistry” and a 2011 MAC Award nomination for Best Male Comedy Performance. Justin is a child of Forty Fort, Pennsylvania who demonstrated a supernatural instinct for “camp” at an early age. With a voice straight out the MGM finishing school for girls, he moved to New York believing it was still 1947. He was terribly misinformed.

As an actor, he has worked and studied with some of the finest professionals in New York. As a gay, Justin has excelled at scarf placement, devilish quips, and a healthy but firm love of the American musical. He has performed at Comix, Symphony Space, “Our Hit Parade” at Joe’s Pub, just to name a few. Justin was asked to talk at the Leslie/Lohman Museum for their Tennessee Williams 100th Birthday Celebration, curated by illustrator Robert W. Richards.

Justin has contributed to Radical Faerie Digest – one of the oldest gay publications in the country. In 2011, two of his short plays were presented by the “Fame and Shame on the LES” performance series. Last summer he was chosen as a 1st year fellow for the Queer |ART| Mentorship, working with Everett Quinton of Charles Ludlam’s Ridiculous Theatrical Company, to develop new work. A collection of his short plays, Justin Sayre Is Alive and Well… Writing – called one of the “Top 10 Events on the New York Stage” by the New York Daily News – sold out two shows at Ars Nova in April. In June, Justin co-wrote and narrated a new adaptation of Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale for the Greenwich Music Festival, which was called “a thought-provoking, atmospheric performance” by Greenwich Time.

In September, he hosted a special centennial event to celebrate Harry Hay, co-founder of the Mattachine Society, at New York’s Center for Gay and Lesbian Studies.

Photograph by Christian Coulson