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.
Director, performer, and curator John Jarboe will create The Poison Cookie Jar, an interactive, web-based map documenting the rich history and contemporary practice of cabaret around the world. Charting key hotbeds of cabaret in Paris, Berlin, and New York City, the digital platform will offer audiences, in Jarboe’s words, “an online performative installation that captures the magic interactivity and liveliness of cabaret.” The digital environment will include video interviews with contemporary cabaret artists, recordings of songs and performances, and historical texts that highlight the vibrancy and cultural impact of cabaret. The project will launch in the fall of 2018 with two live engagements hosted by FringeArts in Philadelphia and Joe’s Pub in New York.
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