Bio

D’Lo is a queer Tamil Sri L.A.nkan-American, political theatre artist/writer, director, comedian and music producer.

D’Lo has performed and/or facilitated performance and writing workshops extensively (US, Canada, UK, Germany, Sri Lanka and India). D’Lo is also the creator of the “Coming Out, Coming Home” writing workshop series which have taken place with South Asian and/or Immigrant Queer Organizations nationally (LA, NY and SF).

D’Lo’s work has been published in various anthologies and academic journals, most recently: Desi Rap: Hip Hop and South Asia America and Experiments in a Jazz Aesthetic (co-edited by Sharon Bridgforth). D’Lo holds a BA from UCLA in Ethnomusicology and is a graduate of New York’s School of Audio Engineering (SAE).

Aside from touring the university/college circuit with D’FaQTo Life (pr. defacto), D’Lo tours Ramble-Ations: A One D’Lo Show (dir. Adelina Anthony) which received the NPN Creation Fund Grant inclusive of residencies in 8 US cities and additional support from the Durfee Foundation Grant. Ramble-Ations has now had runs at New World Theater (Amherst), Pangea World Theater (Minneapolis), The Flea Theater as part of the National Asian American Theater Festival (New York) and Painted Bride (Philadelphia), Highways Performance Space (Los Angeles), Ashe Cultural Center (New Orleans), Brava Theater (San Francisco), Miles Playhouse (Teada/Sant Monica) and at MACLA (San Jose).

In 2010, D’Lo participated in the Asia Pacific Performance Exchange (APPEX) – an international three‐week intensive residency in Bali with a particular focus on American and Asian artists through UCLA’s Center for Intercultural Performance. D’Lo also acted in Cherrie Moraga’s new play Digging Up the Dirt, premiered his full-length stand-up storytelling show D’FunQT (pronounced defunct) New York’s Dixon Place Theater.
Currently, D’Lo is working as the sound designer for Cherrie Moraga’s new play New Fire which premieres at Brava Theater early 2012. He is also touring as a collaborator with Adelina Anthony on her 2-person show Jotalogues: Talking Taboo in the LGBTQAI-U! which received a Creation Fund Grant from NPN in 2011.

This year, D’Lo will be working on his latest solo show Minor D’Tales (dir. Mark Valdez), is internationally touring (SF, NY, Manchester, UK and 6-city tour in India) his full-length stand-up storytelling show D’FunQT (pr. defunct) and is in workshop production for his 2nd full length play Boys that Pray (dir. Laurie Woolery) which received funding from the Astraea Foundation.


D’LO: ACTOR/WRITER/STAND-UP

TRANSGENDER, QUEER, TAMIL, SRI LANKAN-AMERICAN