"An always daringly incendiary brand of queer cabaret." –Philly Weekly

THE WORLD OF THE BEARDS

A Queer Cardboard Community

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FAMILY AND FEATURED ARTISTS

A beard is only as strong as its wiriest hair, and the company's family features some of the wiriest hairs out there.

The Beards are grateful to work with such talented directors, artisans, and performers and to be supported by its close circle of stakeholders. To grow that long, luxurious Beard you need the support of some good folks. Thank you to the people who help keep us in glitter & hair care products.

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ALUMNI ARTISTS & COMPANY STAKEHOLDERS

Walter Bilderback
Lorna Howley
Linda and David Glickstein
Michelle Jarboe
Aaron Miller
Andrew Lamas
Shelley Green
Philip McFee
Andrew Simonet
David Levy
Annie Burridge
Terry Fox
David Dubbledam

Dan O’Neil
Val Dunn
Michele Volansky
Blanka Zizka
James Haskins
Javier Mojica
Sandi Foxx Jones
Adam Goodheart
Elizabeth Stevens
Dan Cooperman
Emily Schreiner and Walker Allen
Debbie Shapiro
Donna Wechsler

Sara Marinich
Jimmy Coleman
Mary Tuomanen
Dito Van Reigersberg
James Ijames
Jennifer Kidwell
Liz Filios
Jessica Hurley
Jenna Horton
Scott McPheeters
Oona Curley
Michael Golden
Alex and Kelly Castro

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PLACES AND PARTNERS

Though the Beards appreciate spontaneity and improv as much as the next theater troupe that practices an art form based largely on spontaneity and improv, we also appreciate having a home.

And though our native turf is Philadelphia, we wouldn’t be able to grow and evolve without the support of our longterm hosts and sponsors. While the Bearded Ladies try to mine a wide range of material from the cultural milieu of each of their productions, they also attempt to capture the spirit of their partnering institutions and hosts. Whether it’s championing a populist voice before the walls of Eastern State Penitentiary on Bastille Day or pushing the boundaries as operatic auteurs in Andy: A Popera, the stages that host the Beards provide an influential sense of support that runs deep.

The Wilma Theater

PHILADELPHIA, PA

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Established in 1973, the Wilma Theater creates living, adventurous art. From its location on Broad St. in downtown Philadelphia, it engages artists and audiences in imaginative reflection on the complexities of contemporary life. The Wilma presents bold, original, well-crafted productions that represent a range of voices, viewpoints, and styles.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art

PHILADELPHIA, PA

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Founded during the nation’s first centennial in 1876 as a museum of decorative arts, the Philadelphia Museum of Art soon outgrew its quarters in Fairmount Park’s Memorial Hall. Its new building, in the form of three linked Greek temples, opened in 1928. Its grounds and common spaces provide a stage for a wealth of permanent and rotating exhibitions, plus performances, art education, and special events. The Bearded Ladies have performed at numerous Art After 5 events in the Great Stair Hall.

Opera Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA, PA

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Opera Philadelphia embraces innovation and develops opera for the 21st Century. Since 1975, the Opera has featured both classic and new operatic works that resonate within the community, assembled the finest international creative artists, and presented a wide array of programming that has diversified the opera audience in Philadelphia and beyond. In addition to hosting a range of productions, the Opera offers frequent community performances which focus on creative partnerships and enhanced accessibility.

Eastern State Penitentiary

PHILADELPHIA, PA

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Eastern State Penitentiary was once the most famous and expensive prison in the world, but stands today in ruin, a haunting world of crumbling cellblocks and empty guard towers. Known for its grand architecture and strict discipline, this was the world’s first true “penitentiary,” a prison designed to inspire penitence, or true regret, in the hearts of convicts. The Penitentiary and Fairmount Avenue serve as the venue for the annual Bastille Day Cabaret and the ensuing rain of Tastykakes from the battlements.

Pennsylvania Horticultural Society

PHILADELPHIA, PA

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The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society is a nonprofit membership organization founded in 1827 that offers programs, activities, workshops, and publications for gardeners of all levels and interests.

The Barnes Foundation

PHILADELPHIA, PA

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The Barnes Foundation was established by Albert C. Barnes in 1922 to “promote the advancement of education and the appreciation of the fine arts and horticulture.” The Barnes holds one of the finest collections of post-impressionist and early modern paintings.

Generous Additional Support Provided by

The Wyncote Foundation, the Leslie Miller and Richard Worley Foundation, The Network of Ensemble Theaters, the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, the Greater Philadelphia Council on the Arts, the Independence Foundation, the Lindback Foundation, PECO, the Samuel S. Fels Fund, our audience, and numerous individual donors.

Funding for the COOKIE tour to New Zealand provided by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation

If you’d like to contribute to our cardboard fund, you can donate here.