Transfigurations film festival screening

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Peterson Toscano has shaken up Bible academics and received high praise for his ground-breaking, genre-bending, gender blending Bible scholarship.

By unearthing the stories of gender-variant people in the Hebrew and Christian scriptures, Toscano’s one-person play deepens well-known (and lesser-known) Bible stories and presents an array of Bible characters with an array of genders.

Peterson’s performance lecture is now a film, directed by Samuel Neff.

It will screen at the San Antonio LGBT International Film Festival.

Official Trailer Transfigurations-Transgressing Gender in the Bible from Peterson Thomas Toscano on Vimeo.


Transfigurations accomplishes several fairly extraordinary things. It speaks into the fraught intersection of religion and LGBTQ issues, and, without pretending neutrality, welcomes audience members with widely divergent perspectives. It is accessible to people who have never cracked open a Bible, while offering meaningful insights to biblical scholars and other experts. It is intellectually rigorous but grounded in emotion, spirit, and body.

Kody Gabriel Hersh
, Friends Journal


Transfigurations has been selected for the 2017 San Antonio LGBT International Film Festival. Saturday Oct 14, 2017 8:05 PM.

Visit Qfest for more information and tickets.

And check out the other short and long films at this year’s festival

Now Available on DVD and Streaming

This performance is now available on high-quality DVD. The DVD contains two versions–a performance lecture and a full theatrical version.

Order your copy today from Barclay Press


Stream it RIGHT NOW on Amazon

Press Clippings


It is an absolute must-see for all… I haven’t had my brain opened up and refilled so gracefully in a long, long time. My heart loved it too.

Scott Turner Schofield
, Transgender actor, artist, solo theater performer and diversity speaker. Creator of "How to Become a Man in 127 Easy Steps



As a Jewish Studies scholar, educator, and activist for TBLG inclusion in Jewish communities, it was a thrill to see confident transgender characters from the Hebrew scriptures given flesh via the performance activism of Peterson Toscano –and, more importantly, to recognize through his performance that those characters fulfilled social roles in Jewish communities as gender variant folk. Bring Transfigurations to your shul and create an opportunity to dialogue about present-day transgender people in Jewish communities.

Noach Dzmura
, Editor, Balancing on the Mechitza: Transgender in Jewish Community, and Director, Jewish Transitions



Peterson Toscano's work combines astute readings of the Bible with great story-telling and comedy. He offers interpretations of the texts and insights that even experienced biblical scholars haven't seen before. When portrayed by Toscano, Bible stories and characters come to life with wit, sympathy, and humor.

Dale Martin
, Woolsey Professor of Religious Studies, Yale University. Author of Sex and the Single Savior



Images from the filming of Transfigurations



Toscano brings a deep reverence for the Biblical text with him into his exploration of gender transgression.  This play is mesmerizing and compels the viewer to see well known Bible stories in a brave new light.

Nadia Bolz-Weber
, Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint


As a biblical scholar I'm always a bit skeptical about dramatic interpretations of biblical texts, whether they will truly capture the complexity of the originals; however, Peterson's performances bring to light dimensions of the texts that many, even those of us who spend hours with the text on the page, fail to see. By bringing the stories and characters to life we're able to see the human-ness of the biblical narratives in all its gore and glory.

Lynn Huber
, Associate Professor of Religious Studies--New Testament and Early Christian History, Elon College.


Peterson’s new DVD, “Transfigurations: Transgressing Gender in the Bible” is perfect for a church or meeting wanting to have a bible study around different ways of reading the Bible, and I cannot recommend it enough.

C. Wess Daniels
, Guilford College Director of Friends Center and Quaker Studies.


Performance Hightlights
Society of Biblical Literature/American Academy of Religion Conference 2012, Iliff Theological Seminary, Harvard Divinity School, Chicago Theological Seminary, Vanderbilt School of Divinity, University of Massachusetts Amherst, The True Colors Conference, 8th Annual Trans Week at Yale University (Slifka Center for Jewish Life), Pacific School of Religion,  University of British Columbia, University of Puget Sound, Haverford College, Transgender Day of Remembrance 2008 (Seattle, WA), Bard College, Tennessee Tech University, Lambeth Conference 2008, Eastern Mennonite University, Trans Faith in Color Conference 2011  The European Forum of LGBT ChristiansIkon (Belfast, Northern Ireland), Gender Odyssey, Warehouse #8 St. James Cavalier Centre for Creativity (Valletta, Malta) UT Chatanooga, Northeatern University, 2009 Unity Conference at University of NC Chapel Hill, 2009 CA Transgender Leadership Summit, William Penn House , Warren Wilson College, Creating Change Conference 2012, Wesley Theological Seminar.

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