Here is the biography I wrote about myself as if someone else were writing about me:
Maeve Marsden is a writer, producer and theatremaker who works across comedy, cabaret, live music and storytelling. As an opinion writer, her work has appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald, The Guardian, Junkee, ABC Online, SBS Online, ArtsHub, Daily Review, Archer Magazine and Audrey Journal. In 2018, she edited at the ABC’s Sydney Mardi Gras 40th Anniversary Magazine.
Maeve curates and hosts Queerstories, a storytelling event and podcast that features members of the LGBTQI+ community. Queerstories has been running monthly at Giant Dwarf in Sydney since September 2016, with satellite events in Melbourne and Brisbane, and plans underway for regional touring. Winner Best Spoken Word, Sydney Fringe 2016, Queerstories has sold out every event since its inception, and has welcomed Australian LGBTQI icons to its stage, including Hannah Gadsby, Justice Michael Kirby, Matthew Mitcham OAM, Jordan Raskopoulos, Simon Hunt (aka Pauline Pantsdown), Candy Bowers, Benjamin Law, Helen Razer and many more. In 2018, Maeve edited a collection of stories from Queerstories with Hachette Australia, launched at the Sydney Opera House as part of Antidote Festival.
Mother’s Ruin: A Cabaret about Gin, a theatrical cabaret Maeve wrote and performs in has been touring consistently since June 2016, selling out shows at Sydney Festival, Sydney Opera House, Darwin Festival. Brisbane Festival, Perth Fringe World, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Festival of Voices (Tasmania), Melbourne Cabaret Festival and Edinburgh Festival Fringe, as well as regional seasons in Australia, New Zealand and in the UK. Mother’s Ruin has enjoyed two successful UK tours, with further tour plans in the pipeline. 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.
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.
With former collaborator, Phoebe Meredith, Maeve ran 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, they programmed ‘blackcat lounge: a season of queer cabaret’ for Sydney Mardi Gras, and they have managed countless tours, productions and events over the years. They curated the Late Night Library program at Kings Cross Library for City of Sydney, created Letters of Complaint for NSW History Week, and produced comedy and cycling event, Pushy Women, in Sydney.
As a child of same-sex parents, Maeve is passionate about the rights of diverse families, and she writes and speaks on the issue often. In 2012, she organised and spoke at a panel for Queer Thinking entitled ‘Growing up other: Children of same-sex parents speak’. Since 2013, she has been involved with the team behind feature documentary, Gayby Baby as a community consultant, education advisor and social media strategist; she appeared in ABC2 doco, Growing Up Gayby.
Maeve is committed, in particular, to feminism, LGBTQI community, the arts, and disability activism. She is was a Board Director of The Aurora Group for three years, and has also volunteered for The Red Cross, Queerscreen, the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, Sydney Fringe Festival, Catapult Youth Arts Festival and Makhampom Community Theatre in Thailand.
As a project manager, copywriter, content strategist and social media manager, Maeve has worked with Music Australia, National Disability Services, the Department of Ageing and Home Care, Event Emporium, Slide Lounge, Cate Madill Voice & Speech, The Atticism and Marla House.
Maeve likes gin, dancing, cheese and TV melodramas with good ethics and bad dialogue.
Learn more about QUEERSTORIES or listen to the podcast.
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