Tobin Saunders

HIV+ gay activist/educator/performer

Tobin Saunders

Tobin is an out, gay, HIV positive freelance performer, writer, choreographer, dancer, actor, DJ and events Coordinator/producer. Combining elements of contemporary dance, expressive movement, popular culture, social comment and satire, Tobin’s work could be described as Pastiche. Over the past 20 years he has been involved in theatre works, production and performance at Mardi Gras, in fashion parades, film and dance variety at Belvoir St Theatre. He also choreographed, hosted and performed at "Jamie & Vanessa" events in Sydney.

Tobin now works solo with the Vanessa Wagner character and is freelancing as an actor/activist/educator. He appears on TV as a social commentator and contemporary icon. His eclectic experience and skills have enabled Tobin to produce work that is fresh, challenging and innovative. Avoiding the labels of "Dance", "Theatre" "education" or "Comedy", he combines all into a vibrant hybrid.


See below for a preview of Tobin’s interview.

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"Homosexuality wasn’t de-criminalised in New South Wales until 1984."

- Tobin Saunders

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"…so I was a criminal for the first, you know, six or seven years of my potentially sexually active life."

- Tobin Saunders

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"I don’t think morals or ethics have any relationship to gender or gender identity. I think they exist as a human trait."

- Tobin Saunders