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Renée C. Farster

 

Renée is a director, performer, drag king, writer and arts administrator working in the Boston area. She's also a general rabble rouser when she gets the chance. She is pleased as punch to be one of the founders and producers of Queer Soup.

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 Mary Davies.

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 Hill.

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 renee@queersoup.net.