Hey Hey ShayShay!
I am a non-binary Japanese/Irish non-binary writer, director, choreographer and drag artist, with work spanning theatre, queer cabaret and shows for children & families. My work explores Trans & Non-Binary Identities, Experiences of the Asian Diaspora, and the unique Intersections of Race & Queerness. I subvert stereotypes by transforming underrepresented narratives into stories filled with music, dance, drag, and most importantly queer joy.
Born in California’s San Francisco Bay Area to mixed Irish and Japanese heritage, I moved to London in my early 20s. I immediately began performing in drag, quickly became a pillar of the East London queer scene, hosting cabaret shows and club nights. As the producer and host of The ShayShay Show, I platformed new work from emerging artists and helped bolster the careers of many prominent London performers. In 2019, I founded The Bitten Peach, a queer Pan-Asian artist collective, alongside Lilly SnatchDragon and Evelyn Carnate. Our mission is to mission is to diversify Asian representation, provide safe spaces, and empower the queer Asian community.
I am the star of the Iris prize-nominated documentary ‘Peach Paradise’ (Netflix, 2022), which focuses on my work with The Bitten Peach and my Japanese-American ancestry. As a descendent of World War II Japanese Internment, I am dedicated to honouring that legacy, and regularly create work to shine light on this shamefully overlooked piece of history.
As a writer and director, I make explicitly queer work that champions trans joy. Working with The Vaults, I have created three original works that combine drag, cabaret, and panto into semi-immersive plays.
In 2022, I completed Soho Theatre’s Writers’ Lab in 2022, and was selected as a delegate of The Network, Edinburgh TV Festival. I am currently bringing my unique cabaret sensibility from the stage to the screen as I begin writing for TV comedy.