"From Flip Wilson as Geraldine to Martin Lawrence as Sheneneh, men have made tons of money as drag performers. Now it’s the women’s turn, and one of the world’s leading character actors is Haitian-American d.r.e.d. AKA milDRED Gerestant." - Port of Harlem Magazine
"I found D.r.e.d.'s performance to be extremely sexy and moving. Before seeing D.r.e.d. perform I was ridiculed and embarassed of my masculine nature, but now I feel proud of my masculinity and femininity within me. I now feel strong enough to show my differences off to the rest of the world. I recommend anyone who may not feel strongly about themselves to see D.r.e.d. perform because afterwards you will love yourself more than ever." - Liz, student at Penn State University
“Unfailingly fascinating"… The United Nations
"D.r.e.d. is change we can believe in." - Rochester, NY
"D.r.e.d. has the most charismatic and alluring stage presence ever seen."
The Village Voice
“Just as we settle into one character, D.r.e.d. pulls a quick change and sends us looking for another label."
Anchorage Daily News
“D.r.e.d. is a charismatic performer, brimming with raw talent, high energy and a gentle, winning charm.”
The Korean Herald
"Next time you see a man on stage, take a closer look. That isn't a macho mack daddy busting moves up there - that's a woman, D.R.E.D. AKA MilDred Gerestant.”
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia
"Dear (Mil)DRED,I continue to reflect on your dynamic and thought-provoking presentations at the UConn School of Social Work last spring. What a fantastic way to help our School community reflect on critical social issues and question their assumptions and biases. We will keep you in mind for future events in the School and broader community. Be well, Salome" - Salome Raheim, PhD, ACSW, Dean and Professor, University of Connecticut, School of Social Work"
LIGHT (D.r.e.d.) is a world renowned performance character Actress (member of both SAG and AFTRA) self-love educator, diversity consultant, LGBTQQIA supporter, and healer through her work. "When you accept all of who you are that is when real healing begins," lives LIGHT who is also 99% vegan. This Haitian-American actress is best known for her mystical one-woman shows, which are a blend of comedy, poetry, dance, monologue, education, MOVEMENT, and features some of the most intense female And male characters ever created.
Her act is less a typical impersonation and more of what it means to be ‘Yourself’, without worrying about if society will accept you or not. It is her mission, her purpose, to inspire people to honor, accept, and love all of who they are. Since 1995, LIGHT has been MOTIVATIONALLY PERFORMING, ,lecturing, and doing workshops all over the world. She has performed in the US, Europe, and Asia - in such places as: Korea, Australia, Croatia, Austria, Switzerland, Holland, Germany, Africa, Slovenia, and Brazil.
LIGHT shares: "When you look at my photos, what do you see? Who do you care to experience? Woman? Man? Both? Neither? What makes a boy? What makes a girl? Is it about the clothes you wear? Your Body? Your movements? What if we were free from birth to express our SELVES the way we want? Without our gender expression or ANY OTHER expression being chosen for us before we are even born? What kind of world will that be? Well, I am here to create that world with you."
In her performances, lectures, and workshops, she explores how society domesticates us into our preconceived notions and stereotypes of gender, race, spirituality, and sexuality. She inspires us to think about and express our freedom of self-expression through all this.
LIGHT. has performed everywhere, from college campuses including NYU, Penn State, Vassar, MIT, NYU, Amherst, and Smith College; to theaters such as Lincoln Center, and Henry Street Settlement. Cameos of her performance have been featured on HBO, MTV, and Oxygen television. She also starred in the award-winning, and ground breaking film "Venus Boyz" ( www.VenusBoyz.com ) by Gabriel Baur. LIGHT was featured on Go Magazine's "100 Women We Love”- Class of 2009 List, along with Ellen DeGeneres and Wanda Sykes. She was also awarded the 2009 Spirit Award, from OUTMusic, for 14 years of dedicated service through her acting & performing. D.r.e.d. also received Go Magazine's 2010 Readers' Choice Nightlife Awards for Best Spoken Word Performer!
LIGHT AKA MILDRED Dred GERESTANT's work has been featured in over 12 books including at least:
1)Social Justice: A Journal of Crime, Conflict, and World Order - Vol. 34, No. 1 - 2007
2)Female Masculinity - by by Judith Halberstam - October 1998 - Duke Univ Pr (Trd); ISBN: 0822322439
3)Long Live the King: A Genealogy of Performative Genders - By Maite escudero-alias - cambridge scholars publishing
4)Butch/Femme: Inside Lesbian Gender - by Sally R. Munt and Cherry Smith - Cassell Academic; ISBN: 0304339598
5)The Drag King Book - by Judith Halberstam and Del LaGrace Volcano, 1999 - Serpent's tail ; ISBN:1852426071
6)Queer Transexions of Race, Nation and Gender - by social Text, 52-53)
by Phillip Brian Harper, Jose Esteban Munoz, Anne McClintock, Trish Rosen
December 1997 - Duke Univ Pr (Txt); ISBN: 0822364522
7)The Drag King Anthology - (July 2003) by Donna Jean, Ph.D. Troka, Kathleen Lebesco and Jean Bobby, Ph.D. Noble;
8)Cast Out: Queer Lives In Theater - edited by robin bernstein - the university of michigan press - 2006
9)Assume Nothing - by Rebecca swan - (www.rebeccaswan.com ) - Soft Skull Publishing (October 2010);
10)Sex, Drag and Male Roles; Investigating Gender as Performance by Diane Torr, co-authored by Stephen Bottoms (December 2010); AND
11)100 of the Most Influential Gay Entertainers - (A-Argus Better Book Publishers, ISBN 978-0-9846195-5-9, $24.95, 2010), AUTHOR JENETTHA J - http://www.100mostinfluentialgayentertainers.com/
12) Cinema 47 - ISBN: 3-905313-85-5
13) new book!!!: Tapestries of Faith: Black SGLBT Stories of Faith, Love & Family - by glover lane press - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Contact: Glover Lane Press - Azaan Kamau, Editor-in-Chief email@example.com 424-703-3277
ALL ABOVE BOOKS AVAILABLE AT EITHER BARNES AND NOBLES /
AMAZON / ONLINE, ETC...
LIGHT's (D.r.e.d.'s) work is universal and is available for ALL people, including groups serving interests in diversity, multicultural, spirituaility/religion, Gender studies, Women studies, people of color, Haitian culture, mentall illness, schools of Social Work, and more - We are all one.