John Jarboe is a director, performer, curator, and writer. She has created over 10 original cabaret-plays with her company The Bearded Ladies, producing original work for Opera Philadelphia, Eastern State Penitentiary, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Jarboe has worked with organizations such as The Wilma Theater, Walnut Street Theatre, and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, and she curates and hosts a monthly performance series at FringeArts. A recipient of a 2013 performing arts fellowship from the Independence Foundation, Jarboe holds degrees in theater performance and English from the University of Michigan. In 2017, she received Center support to present The Poison Cookie Jar, an interactive, web-based mapping project documenting the rich history and contemporary practice of cabaret around the world.