Breathing While Trans, a theater and poetry piece, investigates what it means to breathe as a trans-feminine person. I often find myself catching my breath or holding my breath. Why do I do this? What about survival has taught me to hold my breath? On the subway, in conversations, in moments where people misgender me or moments of violence, why do I hold my breath? I always heard as an actor, you have to breathe — connect to your roots. But what happens when I don't know where my roots are? What happens when I can't remember how to breathe?