Bearded Ladies Cabaret: Cookie Diorio

Jun 25—Jul 3, 2024

Bearded Ladies Cabaret is an experimental cabaret group devoted to exploiting all the possibilities of intimate, homemade theater through beautiful songs, tricked-out costume changes, drag, and virtuosic prop construction.

Whether it’s an opera, a homemade cabaret, a musical walking tour, or a show on a truck, Bearded Ladies Cabaret employs song, spectacle, storytelling, and heart to welcome audiences into moments of joy, healing, and subversion. Through sharing original pieces and creating bespoke platforms for performance at home in Philadelphia, nationally, and abroad, Bearded Ladies Cabaret nurtures artistic connection for a community of misfits, rabble-rousers, chanteuses and the people who love and need them.

With wit and sparkle Bearded Ladies Cabaret tackles the politics of popular culture, sex, gender, and artistic invention. They have been called “wildly entertaining” by the Philadelphia Inquirer, “talented singers and comic actors” by the Huffington Post, and “a little over the top” by Aunt Patty and Uncle Marv, who happened to be in town for the weekend visiting the Johnsons.

Bearded Ladies Cabaret members will be in two residencies this summer at ArtYard incubating new performance works, You Really Are a Heel and Rose: You are Who You Eat.


Performance Residency

June 2024

House of Diorio and Bearded Lady Cabaret will be in residence developing You Really Are a Heel, a new performance starring the Grinch’s Ex-Missus.

About You Really Are a Heel

Mabeline “Grinchester” Diorio presents You Really are a Heel. Emerging from Whoville’s underground cabaret scene, the Grinch’s Ex-Missus is ready to light the tree and spill the tea on the holiday’s most notorious villain. Join the green goddess as she reclaims her showbiz dreams and spreads holiday cheer with her favorite carols and jams from her self-titled EP. You Really are a Heel is presented by House of Diorio and The Bearded Ladies Cabaret. Directed by Brett Ashley Robinson and featuring DJ Cindy Lou.


Mabeline Grinchester: Cookie Diorio

Cindy Lou Who: Jess Conda

Written by and Music and Lyrics by: Cookie Diorio (she/her)

Director: Brett Robinson (she/her)

Music Director: Lili St. Queer (she/her)

Costume Designer: Cookie Diorio (she/her)

Associate Costume Designer: Rebecca Kanach (she/her)

Sound Designer & Stage Manager: Taylor Jedlinski (she/her)

Associate Producer: Carlos Diaz Stoop (he/him)

Mabeline’s Songs:

Music & Lyrics by Cookie Diorio

Album Produced by Chris Davidson (DJ Cutman)


Cindy’s Song:


Music & Lyrics by Jess Conda

Produced by Chris Sannino


Bearded Ladies Cabaret Staff:

Founder & Artistic Director: John Jarboe (she/her)

Associate Artistic Director & Dramaturg: Sally Ollove (she/her)

Managing Director: Wesley Flash (he/him)

Operations Manager: Briana Nicholas (she/her)

Marketing Coordinator: Elena Faverio (they/them)

Production Manager: Taylor Jedlinski (she/her)

Staff Administrator: Nic Labadie-Bartz (they/them)

Beards Associate Artists:

Anthony Martinez-Briggs, Cookie Diorio, Daniel de Jesús, Messapotamia Lefae, Jackie Soro, Jess Conda, MK Tuomanen, Rebecca Kanach, Veronica Chapman-Smith