Allen Porterie is an actor, singer, writer, director, producer, researcher and native Texan. His stage credits include Hamlet Wakes Up Late (Cornell University Department of Performing and Media Arts), Apologies to Lorraine Hansberry (You Too August Wilson) (Orlando Shakes) and In the Heights (South Bend Civic Theatre). As a researcher, he is interested in Black queer men’s performances of sex acts in gay adult film and in theatre as modes of liberation and identity-making. As a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow at Cornell University, he devised a research project centering on renderings of Black boyhood on Broadway. Porterie is a proud cast member and co-founder of Labelless Black Box—a digital platform for Black artists to explore being human through monthly premieres of short films and short plays.