After graduating from the Wharton
School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania , Renée
was introduced to the Boston theater scene as managing director
of the Theater Offensive. She then moved on to serve as Director
of Audience Development at the American Repertory Theatre.
Her directing credits include: Invasion
of Pleasure Valley, Buffy the Vampire Slayer's High School
Reunion (Queer Soup); Brian and Mal: Unbound (Boston
Theatre 1 and Columbus, Ohio National Gay and Lesbian Theater
Festival) , The Big Dish, It came from Brian and Mal (Brian+Mal
Show); Extremities and Agnes of God (UPenn,
Philadelphia). Local acting credits include Citizen
Queer, Instant Queer Soup (Queer Soup),; Interview
with the 50 ft. Woman (J. Rene Productions); and The
Big Dish (Brian+Mal).
Renée has co-wrote sever Queer Soup
productions including Buffy and Citizen Queer .
Her prose and essays were recently published in Conviction
Books' "Pinned Down by Pronouns", edited by Toni Amato and
Boston audiences are more familiar with Renée's
face when it has facial hair on it. Yep - you read that right.
For the past four years, Renée's alter-ego - drag
king Frankie Cocktail - has been blending and bending gender.
Frankie performed for there years with the Boston based burlesque
troupe The Princesses of Porn with the Dukes of Dykedom.
He has performed at Vixen (Provincetown); AS 220 (Providence);
Intn'l Drag King Extravaganza (Columbus),; The Slipper Room,
Meox Mix (NYC); Midway Café, Ryles Jazz Club, Paradise
Lounge (Boston). Frankie is a regular at Jacque's Trannyshack
and has been been featured at Gendercrash and DykeNight.
He has performed and/or taught workshops at Universities
such as Brown, Cornell, Yale, Emerson, University of Maine
and the University of Plattsburgh as well as several drag
workshops at Grand Opening!. Frankie has shared the stage
with Melissa Ferrick, Tribe 8, Dred , Mo B. Dick and Murray
Renée relishes the opportunity to study
with artists she respects and has been lucky enough to learn
from some of the best - including Lynda Hart, Alexandra Billings,
Split Britches, Holly Hughes, Barbara Carrellas and Kate
Bornstein. She looks forward to shaking things up and laughing
thru the tears both onstage and off.
You can email Renée at firstname.lastname@example.org.