Travis Alabanza is an award winning writer, performer and theatre maker. Their writing has appeared in the BBC, Guardian, Vice, Gal-Dem and previously had a fortnightly column in the metro. After being the youngest recipient of the artist in residency program at Tate Galleries, Alabanza debut show Burgerz toured internationally to sold out shows in Southbank Centre, Sao Paulo Brazil, HAU Berlin & won the Edinburgh Fringe Total Theatre award in 2019. Their writing has appeared in numerous anthologies including Black and Gay In the UK. In 2020 their recent theatre show Overflow debuted at the Bush Theatre to widespread acclaim and later streamed online in over 22 countries. Other works for theatre and live performance include Royal Court Living Newspaper, Paines Plough, Free Word Centre, Glasgow Transmission Gallery and more. Their work surrounding gender, trans identity and race has been noted internationally, giving talks at universities including Oxford, Harvard, Bristol and more.
Noted for their distinct voice, in 2019 the Evening Standard listed them as one of the 25 most influential under 25 year olds, as well as being listed in the Dazed100, guardian asking if ‘they are the future of theatre’ and recently being listed on the Forbes30Under30List
“Alabanza is sassy and witty, feeding off the audience like a seasoned cabaret star ”
– The Guardian
“(On overflow) Alabanza’s funny, tender study of allyship and the bravery of being who you are could become a future classic. “
– Evening Standard
“Changing the game in theatre for queer representation”
– Time Out Magazine
"A cultural change maker of tomorrow"
– Bernardine Evaristo in The Sunday Times Style
"Whether creating theatre, live art, or poetry, the performer’s work shows those with marginalised identities deserve to be both seen and heard"
"There aren't enough stars in the universe to put on Travis Alabanza's Burgerz"
– Pink News
– Lynn Gardner, Guardian
"Alabanza writes a powerful, intricate and visionary script"
– Liam Odell on Overflow