Beardmobile Team


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Calvin Anderson (he/him/they/them)(Production Manager) is a lighting/projection designer and production manager, who recently moved to Philadelphia. They have a strong pull towards the devised, the radical and the risky, while leaning towards heart and trust. Projects range from dance to theater to live music, opera and cabaret. Career highlights include designing lights for Late Night Snacks 2019 (Bearded Ladies Cabaret) Oscar at the Crown (The Neon Coven, NYC), Orchid Receipt Service (Mirror/Fire Productions, NYC), Old Man and the Sea (Pittsburgh Playhouse, PA) and Flipzoids (Generator Theater/ Alaska). Calvin was also the Production Manager for Do You Want a Cookie? and has been privileged to tour the world over with various projects.

Calvin is an educator, mentor and proud member of Wingspace Design Collective and United Scenic Artists Local 829. #blacklivesmatter

Elizabeth Atkinson (Sound Designer) is delighted to be working with the Bearded Ladies again. Liz is currently based in Philadelphia, after many years in Pittsburgh where she was Resident Sound Designer at the City Theatre Company. Her freelance career includes regional theatre credits at The Wilma, Arden Theatre Company, Inis Nua Theatre, Walnut Street Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, and Hartford Stage. She is a faculty member at Swarthmore College, and previously at Point Park University and Carnegie Mellon University. Liz has also had the honor of exhibiting at the 2007, 2011 and 2015 Prague Quadrennials.

Crys Clemente (COVID Accountability Partner) had a blast working as part of the CAP team! When they aren't taking temps and passing out shiny stickers, they're helping to produce the upcoming Come to PAPA festival, which will also feature a staged reading of their play "Prophecy Plays"...(psssst, you like wordporn that are very queer and and very fuck the establishment, come check it out on 6/15!) They're also super excited to be jumping into their masters in theatre program at Villanova starting in the fall!

You-Shin Chen (Set Design) is a USA based Taiwanese scenic designer for performing arts. As a theatre practitioner and collaborator, she is committed to diversity and humanity. She centers humans, both the characters and the viewers, and their experiences in her process of creating a three dimensional space. You-Shin is a recipient at The Lilly Awards and Lucille Lortel Awards. Recent theater credits include: SKiNFoLK (the Bushwick Starr & National Black Theatre); UGLY (the feath3r theory & the Bushwick Starr, & Washington Ensemble Theatre); Mrs. Murray’s Menagerie (ArsNova); Monsoon Season (AFO Theatre); Man of God (InterAct Theatre Company); Messiah (LaMama, Stonewall 50); Rock-A-Bye (BalletX); Jazz Singer (Abrons Arts Center). Associate scenic designer for Moby Dick (A.R.T., Des. Mimi Lien.) You-Shin is a member of Local USA829, IASTE.

Justin “JG” Geller (Master Electrician) is a Philadelphia-based sound designer, lighting designer, and creative technical consultant. Since the early 1990s, he has produced music and sound and light-based art for film, video, outdoor installations, and commercial release. Notable recent sound design projects include Emeka Ogboh’s “Ama The Gathering” (Cleveland Museum of Art) and LOS RAK (Dada Gallery - Marrakech, Morocco), and Jenny Sabin’s “The Beacon” (Jefferson University). Recent lighting projects include Klip Collective’s “END OF LINE”, a 50-foot long walkway bridge lined with a video mapped lighting grid consisting of over 16,000 individual LEDs, and “Light Box” a four-story light installation at the Family Court Building in Philadelphia. Geller is also the Director of Music and Sound for Monument Lab, a public art and history initiative. You can learn more about his work at

Taylor Jedlinski (Audio Engineer) is a freelance audio engineer based out of Philadelphia. She has her BFA in Technical Theatre/Design from Lindenwood University. Taylor has recently collaborated with FringeArts, Lightning Rod Special, Inis Nua, Theatre Horizon, Lantern Theater Company, First Person Arts, Temple, and UArts. She has worked alongside the Bearded Ladies for Do Want A Cookie? and Late Night Snacks and is absolutely thrilled to be taking the show on the road with the Beardmobile!

Jackson Katz (Lighting Engineer) is a freelance master electrician and technician, living and working in Philadelphia. A former Walnut St Theater apprentice and current IATSE 8 member, he is grateful to be back making theater again after a covid hiatus. Most days you can find him hiking in woods, making puzzles, or annoying his cat. He hopes to return soon to his Philly theater homes of the Wilma, FringeArts, PFS, and many others. Love and thanks to his parents, to his friends and colleagues, and especially to his husband, for all of their support.

Marty Maynard (he/him) (Front of House) Native Philadelphian who loves live theater! Born and bred in South Philly but Mt. Airy, Germantown and Chestnut Hill residents may remember him as "that FedEx guy with the mohawk". He has worked Front of House for the Philadelphia Fringe Festival since 2005 and House Manages at FringeArts Theater in Philadelphia. Clearly he LOVES PHILLY!!!!!

Philadelphia Scenic Works (PSW) is a fully outfitted theatrical scene shop, paint space and props shop that provides high-quality, affordable scenic and props fabrication, storage, and build space. PSW serves the Philadelphia region’s robust community of non-profit theatre companies and other cultural and educational organizations by maintaining the highest artistic standards, while embracing a more sustainable future through shared pools of recycled, reused and repurposed stock and resources.

Nicholas Rahn (Audio Engineer) is thrilled to be working on the beardmobile! A UArts graduate with a degree in music performance, Nicholas works regularly as a freelance audio engineer, scenic carpenter, and pit musician with various theaters around the city including the Arden, FringeArts, and Theater Horizon. When not working behind the scenes, Nicholas performs with his band Grocer.

Carl(os) Roa (they/them) (Covid Accountability Partner) is a creator, writer, performer, organizer, juicy Colombian bear, and effusive Miami transplant. A proud alumni of the Headlong Performance Institute and Drexel University, (os)’ work explores the marginalized within the marginalized, and child-like revelry in performance. They are currently the Program Assistant for the Painted Bride, and a contributing writer for HowlRound Theatre Commons – two organizations that they’re honored to be associated with.

Chris Sannino (Audio Engineer) is a Barrymore nominated sound designer, composer, and engineer. Recent works include Temporary Occupancy (Die-Cast, winner “Best in Fest” Miami Art Week), Is God Is (Wilma Theater/2X2L Programme), Being/With (Nichole Canuso Dance Co.), and The Agitators (Theater Horizon). His sound designs and original music have been featured in part with Theatre Exile, Juniper Productions, Hedgerow Theatre, FringeArts, New Georges, Curio Theatre, BRAT Productions, Orbiter 3, 1812 Productions, Team Sunshine, and EgoPo Classic Theater amongst many others. Chris also plays in the Philadelphia based rock band Nipper and is an associate producer with The 2X2L Programme. Proud member of TSDCA (Theatrical Sound Designers and Composers Association) and IATSE (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees). Check out for more!

Cha See (Lighting Design) is from Manila, Philippines. Off-Broadway credits: one in two (Signature Theatre); What To Send Up When It Goes Down (ART/NY, NE Region Tour: Woolly Mammoth, a.r.t. Boston).Other shows include: Marisol (Trinity Rep); EVERYBODY (Play Makers Rep); The Maturation of an Inconvenient Negro (Cherry Lane); Mondo Tragic (National Black Theatre); Cute Activist (Bushwick Starr); The Triumphant (Target Margin Theatre); Nora (The Juilliard School); SKINNAMARINK; House Plant (NYTW Next Door); Then They Forgot About The Rest (Intar); In The Penal Colony (NYTW Next Door); Still Asking For It (Joe’s Pub) Regional: On The Grounds of Belonging (Long Wharf Theatre); America V2.1 (Barrington Stage); Yasmina’s Necklace (Premiere Stages); Legacy Land (Kansas City Rep) Upcoming: Exception To The Rule (Roundabout); What To Send Up When It Goes Down (BAM/ Playwrights Horizon). Training: MFA NYU Tisch. For more @seethruuu

Evelyn Swift Shuker (Master Electrician) is a writer, designer, and performance artist. She works for too many theaters to be worth listing, so you’ve probably seen her around if you’re in the industry. She makes plays about intimacy for very small numbers of people, so you probably haven’t seen her work. It’s pretty good, though: She’s thrilled to be working with the Beards this year.

Robin Stamey (Lighting Engineer) is a lighting designer and production manager based in Philadelphia. Lighting designs include Interact, Theatre Exile, Tribe of Fools, Curio, Philadelphia Artists’ Collective, Pig Iron, Lantern, Hedgerow, Almanac, and the Berserker Residents as well as Bryn Mawr College, Swarthmore College, Haverford College, and UArts. Production management credits include Grounds that Shout, Pig Iron, Lantern, Tiny Dynamite, Nichole Canuso Dance Company, 11th Hour Theatre Company, Almanac, Invisible River, Tribe of Fools, and Berserkers.

Joy Taney (truck paint artist) is a queer, disabled artist; Skin Wars: Fresh Paint Champion; and painter of any- and everything from body painting with Buzzfeed Video to waterpark murals as well as book, magazine, and album covers. Though AMPS Syndrome made Joy homebound with limited mobility from ages 14-26, she finally received the correct diagnosis at CHOP as well as new strategies, not only to manage their lifelong condition, but to develop and channel the immense willpower it takes to live with chronic health problems into her artwork. Since then, Joy's paintings featured in over 20 gallery shows since 2016. Aside from painting the Beardmobile, some of Joy's favorite projects include doing makeup for the Chameleon film series at the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center; penciling and inking Zombie Power issues 3-4; watercoloring pets, people, and memorial portraits; and making FX monsters for the Neon Fangs pilot episode. This year, Joy's art is being worn on drag, cabaret, and burlesque stages across the northeast US and by their alter ego, drag king Henlo Bullfrog, as part of the monthly Shapeshift showcase. She is currently taking airbrush, watercolor and body paint clients and they can be messaged through her artist portfolios on Instagram at @joytaney or @isthishenlobullfrog.


Jess Conda (she/her) (host) is a Philadelphia based performer, producer, teaching artist and cultural connector. From 2003-2013, Jess performed with BRAT Productions, a former non-profit theater company known for their influence on Philadelphia's early "Fringe" performance scene. From 2013-2017, she worked as Artistic Director, serving a mission to produce original rock-theater performance while providing creative opportunities for emerging Philadelphia artists.

In 2019, Jess co-hosted The Barrymore Awards, a nationally recognized award program for professional theater productions in the Greater Philadelphia area.
As a performer, her Regional Theater Performance credits include: Arden Theatre, Walnut Street Theatre, Pig Iron Theatre, Shakespeare in Clark Park. Cabaret Performance credits: Get Pegged!, Bearded Ladies, Martha Graham Cracker, The Peek A Boo Revue. Touring backing vocals: Peter Matthew Bauer; opener for The War on Drugs and Delta Spirit.

Jess is a three-time Barrymore nominee for Outstanding Ensemble in a Play. In 2019, she received a Barrymore Nomination for Outstanding New Play for Those With Two Clocks (previously titled, A Hard Time), co-written by Conda, Mel Krodman and OBIE Award winner Jenn Kidwell for Pig Iron Theatre Company. Jess was one of Philadelphia Magazine's Best Stage Talents to See This Season, 2013.

Cookie Diorio (she/her/he/him) (host) is a Philadelphia-based drag performer, a classically trained vocalist, a songwriter, an activist, a husband, music teacher and lover of all things sparkly. She mastered walking in 5 inch stilettos in the night clubs of Boston, achieved her hair fantasy by studying vintage videos of Grace Bumbry and founded the giving project Art of the Heel.

Cookie grew up in historic Auburn, NY with gospel in her ears, civil rights in her blood and many songs in her heart. She trained at Ithaca College in the voice studio of Angus Godwin and learned the many different skills of western classical music from master teachers such as Carol McAmis in vocal pedagogy, Lawrence Doebler in choral arts, Dana Wilson in composition and Patrick Hansen in opera coaching. While Cookie has been in and out of the drag scene since 2002, she began performing regularly in the Philadelphia area as host of the Art Song Repertory Theater Company’s salon series “Saturday Afternoon Drinking Songs” in 2013. Since, she has produced the shows Fire In My Bones: A Gospel Jubilee, Beauty From Our Sorrows, Telling Herstories, Forces of Nature, Music: The Food of Love and I, Too, Sing America. She has also been soloist for events, galas, concerts and on the cabaret stage.

Eric Jaffe (they/them) (host) is a world ukulele champion, an above average singer, and a genderless glamour monster. Eric is the winner of the 2018 Philly Drag Awards, Best Host, Best Alternative Drag Queen, And Drag Queen of the Year. You can find Eric scouring the Philadelphia cabaret and drag scene screaming at the top of their lungs about food. They starred in the original queer musical Basic Witches at The Arden, and starred and directed Jaffe St. Queer’s productions: Thweeney Todd: The Flaming barber of Fleek Street, at Franky Bradley’s, the Barrymore recommenced, Gay Mis, and the Barrymore recommended Lizard of Oz at The Painted Bride Art Center! For more on Eric Jaffe, check your local Wawa, by the milkshake machine, but also check out

John Jarboe (she/her) (host and project director) is a director, singer, writer, producer and host serving you revolution, herstory, queer community making, and a whole lot of glitter. She is the founding
artistic director of The Bearded Ladies Cabaret, transforming opera, cabaret, and live performance, making work that will make you sing, dance, and question.

She has directed and written original work for La Mama ETC, Joe’s Pub, Opera Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Wilma Theater, and most recently directed Anthony Roth Costanzo’s cabaret for the Guggenheim’s Works & Process series and co-wrote and directed Stephanie Blythe’s Blythely Ever After for American Songbook at Lincoln Center.

Anthony Martinez-Briggs (they/he) (host) is a 2018 F. Otto Haas Award finalist, Wilma HotHouse company member, curator (Asian Arts Initiative; Bearded Ladies; ILL DOOTS), teaching artist (PYP, Wilma Education, Village of Arts and Humanities), actor/deviser (Applied Mechanics, Ninth Planet; Bearded Ladies; and the Wilma Theater, among others), writer (2019 theater residency: Kimmel Center; Code Blue, Code Black Planet, and co-adaptation of Romeo and Juliet: Wilma Theater; Bearded Ladies Follicle grant recipient for UNTITLED), and Barrymore Award-nominated sound designer (Arden Theater, Simpatico Theater, Passage Theater, Swarthmore College, & Bienvenidos Blancos: Team Sunshine Corp). They are also known as “Us”: emcee and original member of the band ILL DOOTS, seen at The Wilma Theater in An Octoroon and in Flashpoint Theater’s Hands Up: 6 testaments, 6 playwrights (Barrymore for Original Music) as well as music venues across Philadelphia and the US. Stay tuned in at and follow @ILLDOOTS on social media.

Samantha Rise (they/them)(host) Samantha first fell in love with this city as a student at Temple University, where they earned their BFA in Jazz Performance. Since graduating, Samantha’s passion for music and community building are the heart of their work: Over the last decade, they have worked as a teaching artist and enrichment instructor in Philly, New York, New Jersey and in the D.C area. Samantha is also a librarian by day, has enjoyed public service in the Public Library, first as a Youth Services Librarian in western Wyoming, and as a maker-mentor in the Free Library’s Maker Jawn. Samantha loves to build and feed spaces that are inquiry-driven, participant led and abundant in joy!

In addition to their experience as a teaching artist, Samantha brings a deep commitment to social justice. Samantha identifies as a musician and Vocalist, AND believes that Music is a birthright: they are dedicated to creating equitable access and to music as a tool for healing, transformative justice, and self-determination. They love sharing her original music and singing with local indie project, The People. They are perennially available for sing alongs, dance parties, hugs, road trips and Big Question conversations. They live in West Philly. P.S. Sun Sagittarius, Moon in Capricorn, Gemini Rising.

Jonathan W. Whitney (Drummer) is a father, husband, son, artivist, friend, jazz drummer, and jazz composer. He uses his music to search for spaces to find understanding. His works address the many facets of life lived by a black person residing in America. Along with writing for his ensemble, The Whitney Project, he has been commissioned by Pieces of a Dream dance company, the baroque ensemble Melomanie, and the Wilmington Children's Chorus. His debut album, Life's Dimensions, can be found on all platforms.

Previous Love Tour Stops

6:30pm, May 2 @ Bartram's North
An evening of dance and song with dancer, choreographer, and instructor Virgil Gadson of So You Think You Can Dance and America's Best Dance Crew fame. Featuring Denise King and Emily Bate. Hosted by Eric Jaffe.

5pm, May 6 @ Gloria Casarez Residence.
This open mic showcases the myriad talents of the residents of the Gloria Casarez Residence, a queer-friendly home for young people. Hosted by Sam Rise.

6:30pm, May 9 @ Love City Brewing Company
Bring all your mamas and daddies and guardians out for this special show celebrating queer family! Hosted by Eric Jaffe and Jess Conda with special guest Messapotamia Lefae.

8pm, May 13 @ Friends of Vernon Park
Philadelphia Contemporary and Yolanda Wisher present the Love Jawns: A Mixtape podcast in live space with poetry, music, and performance. Featuring Ursula Rucker, DJ Junior, and films by WREN RENÉ. Hosted by Anthony Martinez-Briggs.

2pm, May 15 @ Bartram's Garden (North)
An entire afternoon curated by LaNeshe Miller-White devoted to Black Femme Magic! With Noelle Diane Johnson, Karen Smith, and Caitlin Green. Hosted by CookieDiorio.

5:30pm, May 19 @ Cherry Street Pier
An evening with Opera Philly's all-city youth choir, T-VOCE, a choral program that builds community and strengthens teens’ self-identity through music. Hosted by Cookie Diorio.

5pm, May 22 @ Fleisher Art Memorial
Sinta Storms and Modero & Company offer an evening of Indonesian Dance, Gamelan, and poetry all devoted to the saying: Tak Kenal Maka Tak Sayang (translation: To Know Is To Love).

6pm, May 27 @ Bartram's Garden (North)
The Beardmobile takes a pit stop to celebrate our amazing hosts with John Jarboe, Cookie Diorio, Eric Jaffe, Anthony Martinez-Briggs, Sam Rise, and Jess Conda. An evening of songs and bad truck puns. Hosted by the Hosts!

2pm, May 29th @ East Poplar Rec Center
Join us for a queer skate day as we celebrating Asian Arts Initiative's Unity at the Initiative with live music and performance. Hosted by Sam Rise.