Anneke Paterson was born with a rare syndrome which has required her to have multiple surgeries at different stages in her young life. It is from this background that Anneke has gained an acute interest in not only the evolving cultures of her generation, but in the healthcare of her generation. Anneke has visited families in El Salvador, Guatemala and México in search of understanding the implications of what is life like when there is little to no access to required surgeries, while already facing the socioeconomic challenges of poverty. Based in Austin, Texas, Anneke is currently attending college part time, working toward a bachelors in global health policy and anthropology. Anneke’s photographic work has been published by The New York Times, National Geographic Travel, National Geographic Books, and the Texas Tribune
After an acclaimed Off-Broadway debut, Torch Song Trilogy opened on Broadway in June 1982 and played an award-winning three-year engagement at the Little Theatre (now the Helen Hayes Theatre). Fierstein played the lead role of Arnold Beckoff, a gay drag performer in a tempestuous relationship with his bisexual, closeted lover. The play won Fierstein two Tony Awards—both as playwright (for Best Play) and for Best Actor. It was produced throughout the country and also turned into a film in 1988 starring Fierstein, Matthew Broderick , and Anne Bancroft.