Join theater and filmmaker John Jarboe (she/her) on a journey through her work on film. In this presentation, John will share selected works from her history of artistic work with the Bearded Ladies Cabaret, including excerpts from Love Notes, a series featuring the many identities of French chanteuse Edith Piaf, and selections from Rose: You Are Who You Eat, on ongoing collaboration with filmmaker Christopher Ash, exploring Jarboe’s gender through the lens of a vanishing twin. Jarboe will discuss the challenges and lessons of working with similar content in different mediums, and how she uses the principles of cabaret and live theater to make her films engage the audience.


Content note: This will be a space where there is talk about gender, sex, sexuality. The content of Rose involves themes of infant mortality, cannibalism puns, and some sexual content.

About John Jarboe
John Jarboe (she/her) is a director, singer, writer, and host serving you herstory, queer community making, and a whole lot of glitter. She is the founding and producing artistic director of The Bearded Ladies Cabaret, transforming opera, cabaret, and live performance, creating work that will make you sing, dance, and question. She has written, performed, and directed original work for La Mama ETC, Joe’s Pub, Opera Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Wilma Theater, Lincoln Center, and The Guggenheim’s Works & Process series. See her upcoming work at www.beardedladiescabaret.com and @johnjarbeaux on instagram. You can follow the progress of Rose @roseeatme on instagram.

About the Bearded Ladies:
The Bearded Ladies Cabaret (she/he/they/we) is a queer arts organization that sits on your lap and sings you a story. Whether it’s an opera, a home-made cabaret, a musical walking tour, or a show on a truck, they employ song, spectacle, storytelling, and heart to welcome audiences into moments of joy, healing, and subversion. Through sharing original pieces and creating bespoke platforms for performance at home in Philadelphia, nationally, and abroad, they nurture artistic connection for a community of misfits, rabble-rousers, chanteuses and the people who love and need them. Their work has been seen all over Philadelphia including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Eastern State Penitentiary, Opera Philadelphia, the Wilma Theater, FringeArts, and the Delaware River Waterfront and they have brought their cabaret revolution to Miami, Seattle, Paris, Washington DC, New Zealand, Provincetown, Maryland and Delaware. In New York their work has been seen at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater, La MaMa Etc, Works & Process at the Guggenheim and Lincoln Center. Their signature programs The Beardmobile and LATE NIGHT SNACKS together have provided a stage for over 700 queer and nightlife artists. Find the Beards at www.beardedladiescabaret.com or on Facebook/Instagram @beardedladiescabaret.

This event is co-sponsored by the Gender Studies Program, the Honors College, the Digital Studies Center, the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice, and the Division of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement