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John Jarboe in "Rose: You Are Who You Eat." (Photo by Christopher Ash)

Theatrical Mustang: John Jarboe’s Genderful Performances

This month Woodzick talks to the founder of the Bearded Ladies Cabaret about her origin story, gender cannibals, and the fine art of hosting.

American Theatre is proud to be the new venue for Theatrical Mustang, an independently produced podcast from actor-writer-activist Woodzick. Each month they’ll bring listeners interviews with unbridled talent and cultural trailblazers from across the country.

This month Woodzick interviews John Jarboe (she/her), a director, singer, writer, historian, and host with a focus on revolution, herstory, queer community-making, and a whole lot of glitter. She is the founding artistic director of the Bearded Ladies Cabaret, who fuse opera, cabaret, and live performance. She has made original work for La MaMa ETC, Joe’s Pub, Opera Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Wilma Theater, and most recently for the Guggenheim’s Works & Process series, with an original commission called Rose: You Are Who You Eat. John also directed the current Cardinal Stage production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, which runs through June 26.

You can also listen to the episode here.

The Theatrical Mustang podcast is co-produced and engineered by Ray Kathryn Morgen (they/them). Music by The Morgens using Citizen DJ Project, Library of Congress, National Jukebox.

This podcast is dedicated to the memory of Barton Cole, who coined the phrase “Theatrical Mustang.”

You can listen to episodes 1-138 of the Theatrical Mustang Podcast by visiting Email the podcast at or send a tweet to @TheatricalM.

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