Photo by Eric Strom / GlitterGuts Photography

Photo by Eric Strom / GlitterGuts Photography


BEA CORDELIA is an award-winning, Chicago-bred, internationally slandered writer, filmmaker, performance artist, actor, director, producer, educator, & activist whose work uplifts & reimagines the narratives of transgender people.

In June she released her web series the T with co-creator Daniel Kyri, production company Full Spectrum Features, & distributor OTV | Open Television, which won a Streamy for Best Indie Series, and for which she and Daniel were named the City of Chicago’s 2018 Filmmakers-in-Residence.

Her “life-changing” solo show Chasing Blue has featured in the iconic Steppenwolf Theatre's LookOut performance series in 2017 & The Brick’s inaugural Trans Theatre Festival in Brooklyn the year before. In 2016 she also developed her first multimedia installation The Cosmic Body in a University of Chicago Performance Lab residency through Salonathon, was made a Luminarts Cultural Foundation Creative Writing Fellow for her poem “The Future,” and made headlines for her ongoing lawsuit against the City of Chicago regarding its sexist & transphobic ordinance forbidding the exposure of breasts in establishments with liquor licenses. In 2015 she self-published her first chapbook of poetry, 28.06 // Dear Sylvia, which recounts the history and impact of the Stonewall riots.

She is represented by Circle of Confusion and Paonessa Talent Agency.


Portrait by Matthew Gregory Hollis

Portrait by Matthew Gregory Hollis

Night of Noise: Onward and Upward

See Bea’s featured performance in this annual benefit for the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance.

Apr 14, 2019 5:30 PM

Haymarket Pub and Brewery
737 W. Randolph
Chicago, IL 60661