bio

BEA CORDELIA is an award-winning, Chicago-bred writer, filmmaker, performance artist, actor, producer, educator, & activist specializing in issues of gender, sex[uality], queerness, & the body.  Six of her plays have been produced to date and many of her poems and essays published, including the self-published chapbook of poetry 28.06 // Dear Sylvia. Her "life-changing" autobiographical solo show Chasing Blue recently featured in Steppenwolf Theatre's LookOut performance series. She has been featured at the Goodman Theatre, Victory Gardens Theater, the Green Mill, Links Hall, Salonathon, The Fly Honey Show, and many more events and venues throughout the country.  Last summer she developed her first-ever multimedia installation The Cosmic Body in a Chicago Performance Lab residency at University of Chicago, and was made a 2016 Creative Writing Fellow with Luminarts Cultural Foundation.  She is represented by Paonessa Talent Agency. Audiences have likened her work to a “religious experience."  See for yourself why.

press

"Having been fortunate enough to see Bea Cordelia live and in person and right here on the radio...[she's] a tremendous performer, incredible writer, great thinker, and just really putting out some fantastic ideas."

OUT CHICAGO w/ Scott Duff, WCPT (interview & performance 20:13-34:22)

"Bea describes the feeling of inspiration coming to her like the wand choosing the wizard. She says the writing lives in her and her fans are certainly under the spell."

"BEA*HAVIOR: Artistic Fight For Equality" by Carly Carano, VAM Studio

"Bea Cordelia’s 'The Body Electric' sets the room on fire. Be careful: These words could easily short out the lights and you’ll only have her presence and fury to power the place."

"Fly As Hell," Newcity Stage

"I have studied, researched...written about, performed about, and lived...trans experience, and queer experience...and that makes me really capable of fighting for that shit."

Bea Cordelia for the panel "Policing Women's Bodies in Performance," hosted by Rape Victim Advocates

"[T]he city of Chicago has an ordinance that prohibits women from appearing topless in establishments that have liquor licenses, and [Bea] thinks we need to get rid of that."

"Episode 31: Bea Cordelia," National Ave

"[Bea Cordelia], a Chicago native, often uses interactive performances to explore issues of trans identity and her relationship with her body. Some of her performances incorporate breast exposure forbidden by the city's rules."

"Performance artist to Chicago: Get off our areolas" by Derrick Clifton, Chicago Reader

"She's someone who you just know is going to be big, and: is absolutely already big in her own right."

"Trans is Beautiful," The CanCast with Candice Czubernat

 

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