Joe DeRosa
ALOK

ALOK

ALOK (they/them) is an internationally acclaimed poet, comedian, actor, and public speaker whose work explores themes of trauma, belonging, and the human condition. They are the author of Femme in Public (2017), Beyond the Gender Binary (2020), and Your Wound/My Garden (2021) and the creator of #DeGenderFashion: an initiative to degender fashion and beauty industries. Femme in Public and Your Wound My Garden have been released on Audible as spoken word poetry albums read by ALOK. ALOK recently had their documentary film “ALOK” directed by Alex Hedison premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2024 with Jodie Foster producing. In recognition of their work, they have been honored as the inaugural LGBTQ Scholar in Residence at the University of Pennsylvania, awarded a GLAAD Media Award and Stonewall Foundation Visionary Award & recently was included in the honorees for "Advocate of the Year" by The Advocate in 2023. Over the past decade, they have toured in more than 40 countries, most recently selling out their runs at the Soho Theatre in London, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Kennedy Performing Arts Center and the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal. Their show has been described as "provocative and powerful" (CHORTLE), a "potent combination of comedy and poetry" (THE SCOTSMAN), and a "Jaw-dropping celestial event" (TO DO LIST LONDON). On screen, they will make their feature film debut in Absolute Dominion opposite Patton Oswalt and can be seen in Emmie Lichtenberg’s film Complicated Order opposite Midori Francis that premiered at OutFest Film Festival in 2023. On television, they can next be seen in the critically acclaimed MAX series SORT OF opposite Bilal Baig. They have also appeared on Hulu’s Planet Sex with Cara Delevingne, ABC’s PRIDE: To Be Seen – A Soul of A Nation, Netflix’s Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness, HBO’s Random Acts of Flyness and The Trans List.

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