Justin Elizabeth Sayre is a playwright and performer who Michael Musto called, “Oscar Wilde meets Whoopi Goldberg.” They are a fixture of the Downtown Cabaret Scene in New York ever since their long-running variety show, The Meeting (Bistro Award-winning and two MAC nominations). Their latest variety show, Assorted Fruit, enjoyed a sold-out run during a residency at Joe’s Pub at the Public in 2023.
As a playwright, Sayre’s work has appeared at Dixon Place, The Wild Project, The Celebration Theatre, Dynasty Typewriter, and La MaMa Experimental Theatre. Their 12-part-epic, Ravenswood Manor, a Camp-Horror-Soap-Opera, called “a sharply written and well-acted exemplar of the horror-comedy genre,” by the LA Times, is currently being developed with Sony Television and RuPaul. Sayre has written a series of YA novels, Husky, Pretty, and Mean, released by Penguin Books, and the book, From Gay to Z: A Queer Compendium, is published by Chronicle Books.
Sayre has written for television, working with Michael Patrick King on his hit CBS comedy 2 Broke Girls and Fox’s The Cool Kids. Sayre also appeared on HBO’s The Comeback with Lisa Kudrow.
Portrait courtesy of The New York Times