Here is the biography I wrote about myself as if someone else were writing about me:

Maeve Marsden is a writer, performer, producer and director who works across theatre. comedy, cabaret and storytelling, in both main stage and fringe / underground contexts. In 2020, she will be a member of Belvoir Theatre’s Philip Parsons Writers Lab for Early-Career Playwrights.

Maeve directs Queerstories, a national storytelling project and podcast that has brought more than 150 writers to the stage at sold out events around the country, via the project’s award-winning podcast and in a collection of stories Maeve edited, published by Hachette and launched at the Sydney Opera House in 2018. Winner Best Spoken Word, Sydney Fringe 2016, Queerstories has been running monthly at Giant Dwarf in Sydney since September 2016, with satellite events in Melbourne and Brisbane, a number of regional events produced in partnership with community groups and local councils.

Mother’s Ruin: A Cabaret about Gin, a theatrical cabaret Maeve co-created has been touring consistently since 2016, with three sold out UK tours and critically acclaimed seasons at Sydney Festival, Sydney Opera House, Darwin Festival, Brisbane Festival, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Melbourne Cabaret Festival and Edinburgh Festival Fringe, as well as regional venues in Australia and New Zealand. Mother’s Ruin was named one of Time Out’s Best 10 Shows on Sydney Stages 2017, and was nominated Best Cabaret in the Perth Fringe World Awards, BroadwayWorld Awards and Sydney Theatre Awards, and Best Writing, Green Room Awards.

The follow up production for the creative team, Fat Musicals: A Body of Work, is touring in 2020.

Winner Best Cabaret, Sydney Fringe 2016, Lady Sings it Better, a feminist comedy cabaret act Maeve directs and performs in has been touring to critical acclaim for 8 years, with seasons at Sydney Comedy Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Festival of Voices (Tasmania) and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, among others.

Maeve was the Artistic Director of blackcat productions for 7 years, an independent production company named Best Emerging Company in the 2012 ArtsHub Awards, both Critics’ Choice and People’s Choice. In 2012 and 2013, she directed ‘blackcat lounge: a season of queer cabaret’ for Sydney Mardi Gras, and the company presented a number of highly successful tours, productions and events over the years, predominantly collaborating with other emerging artists.

A well-respected cultural commentator, Maeve has hosted events for Sydney Writer’s Festival, Antidote Festival at the Sydney Opera House, Mudgee Readers’ Festival, Newcastle Writer’s Festival, Adelaide Writer’s Week, Sydney Mardi Gras and Ubud Writer’s Festival in Bali. Maeve curates Queer Thinking, Sydney Mardi Gras’ two-day talks and ideas festival, programming a host of both Australian and international guests at panel events, keynotes and interactive workshops that explore LGBTQI+ culture and politics.

She is regularly called upon to contribute to LGBTQI+ creative projects, editing the ABC’s Sydney Mardi Gras 40th Anniversary Magazine in 2018 and narrating ABC radio documentary The Making of Mardi Gras for The History Listen that same year. As an opinion writer, essayist and critic, her work has appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald, Guardian Australia, Junkee, ABC Online, SBS Online, ArtsHub, Daily Review, Archer Magazine and Audrey Journal.

In 2019, Maeve collaborated with Google’s Creative Labs to create My Mother’s Kitchen , (link only works on phones) an interactive podcast and storytelling experiment that features Queerstories storytellers. The project launched at Sheffield Documentary Festival in the UK.

Maeve likes gin, dancing, cheese and TV melodramas with good ethics and bad dialogue.


Learn more about QUEERSTORIES or listen to the podcast.

Lady Sings It Better
Lady Sings It Better

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