D’Lo is a queer/transgender Tamil-Sri Lankan-American speaker and performer whose work ranges from keynotes and workshops to stand-up comedy, from one-person shows to poetry and storytelling. Rooted in social justice, D'Lo brings the fierce with the funny through his presentations about being a queer/trans artist and activist raised within an immigrant family and community, as well as his stories about being an artist schooled by hip-hop, feminists, and queer artist elders.
His solo shows Ramble-Ations, D’FunQT, D’FaQTo Life and To T, or not To T have toured theaters and festivals nationally, and he is a popular performer and speaker on the college and university circuit as well events for companies, agencies, and non-profit/community organizations.
D'Lo's acting credits include the HBO series LOOKING, the Amazon series TRANSPARENT, the Netflix series SENSE 8 and MR. ROBOT, and NBC's CONNECTING, as well as the Issa Rae-produced MINIMUM WAGE. He can also be seen in the SpeakOut produced short feature film, THE SYED FAMILY XMAS EVE GAME NIGHT, which had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) 2021. D'Lo was last seen in Billy Eichner’s movie BROS, a recent episode of QUANTUM LEAP, and RO & SHIRELLE, a short buddy comedy with Shakina Nayfack.
D'Lo is the recipient of numerous grants and awards for his work - from the City of Santa Monica, Durfee Foundation, National Performance Network, Ford Foundation, and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. Most recently, D’Lo was awarded the Artist Disruptor Fellowship through the Center for Cultural Performance and 5050x2020 an initiative started by Joey Soloway. He is also a Senior Civic Media Fellow through USC’s Annenberg School of Innovation funded by the MacArthur Foundation, a Cultural Trailblazer Award recipient from the City of Los Angeles’ Department of Cultural Affairs, and winner of a CTG Sherwood Award for Theater.
As a writer, D'Lo's work has been published in numerous academic journals, literary anthologies, and is featured in print/online media such as The Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, NBC, The Advocate, and CNN. He has appeared in Buzzfeed and Fusion videos, and the award-winning documentary PERFORMING GIRL centers his queerstory as a trans artist.
He is the creator of the “Coming Out, Coming Home” writing workshop series which have taken place with South Asian and/or Immigrant LGBTQ organizations nationally, which provide a transformative space for workshop participants to write through their personal narratives and share their truths through a public reading.