Maggie Keenan-Bolger

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Maggie Keenan-Bolger
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Born Margaret Keenan-Bolger
(1983-12-02) December 2, 1983 (age 31)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.

Margaret "Maggie" Keenan-Bolger (born December 2, 1983) is an American actress, singer, playwright, applied theatre practitioner, sex educator and founder of Honest Accomplice Theatre.[1] She is the sister of Tony Award nominee Celia Keenan-Bolger and Broadway actor Andrew Keenan-Bolger.

Life and career[edit]

Keenan-Bolger was born in Detroit, Michigan. She appeared as a munchkin in the Madison Square Garden production of the Wizard of Oz as a very young child opposite Roseanne Barr. She has credits in the national tours of The Will Rogers Follies and The Music Man as well as numerous regional credits and college productions at Oberlin College where she graduated from in 2006 with a BA in Theatre and Gender & Woman's Studies with a minor in Comparative American Studies. In 2008, she performed in a special cabaret alongside her two sibling entitled (Keenan-Bolger)³, the first time all three Keenan-Bolgers had performed together on stage in 15 years, to a sold out house.[2]

As a playwright she created and wrote the play From the Inside, Out about her own experiences as a self injurer and other stories about "cutting" from hundreds of people whom Keenan-Bolger personally interviewed. Produced by 4th Meal Productions, it was originally performed at Oberlin College and also played at the noted New York International Fringe Festival in August 2008.

In 2010 she graduated from CUNY's Applied Theatre[3] graduate school program using theater to educate, activate and facilitate. While there, she produced, directed and performed in Her Train Of Thought[1], a devised theatrical project exploring issues of women's experiences in public space. Other works include Not Just Another Coming Out Story[4] and Queering History. Both plays were written in collaboration with LGBTQIA homeless youth from New York City and presented in a staged reading with the youth performing alongside of Broadway performers.[5][6]

A two-time Point Foundation scholar,[7] Maggie got her MFA at Goddard College in Interdisciplinary Arts[8] in 2014, where her focus was on Political Theatre, LGBTQIA and Feminist Studies. She was invited to the White House by Vice-President Joe Biden as an LGBT Leader of the Next Generation[9] and was profiled in The Advocate's "People to Watch in 2015.[10]" She has worked for projects such as Bridging the Gap,[11] I Love Female Orgasm Program[12] and many arts in education organizations.

Currently, she is working as a sex educator and teaching artist in Manhattan while touring with Honest Accomplice Theatre's most recent production, The Birds and the Bees: Unabridged[13]- a devised theatre piece about female and trans sexuality.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Honest Accomplice Theatre". www.honestaccomplice.org. 
  2. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8k4HMv9loo
  3. ^ "CUNY Applied Theatre Program". http://sps.cuny.edu/programs/ma_appliedtheatre. 
  4. ^ "Not Just Another Coming Out Story". Honest Accomplice Website. Retrieved 3 January 2015. 
  5. ^ Champion, Lindsay (2013) "Broadway Favorites Join LGBT Youth in Maggie Keenan-Bolger's Not Just Another Coming Out Story", broadway.com, August 12, 2013. Retrieved November 19, 2013
  6. ^ "Maggie Keenan-Bolger's Queering History to Receive Reading Featuring Her Siblings and More", broadway.com, August 17, 2012. Retrieved November 19, 2013
  7. ^ "Point Foundation". Point Foundation. Retrieved 3 January 2015. 
  8. ^ "Goddard College". Goddard College. Retrieved 3 January 2015. 
  9. ^ "Maggie Keenan-Bolger". Maggie Keenan-Bolger. Retrieved 3 January 2015. 
  10. ^ "The Advocate". The Advocate. Retrieved 3 January 2015. 
  11. ^ "Bridging the Gap". Bridging the Gap. Retrieved 3 January 2015. 
  12. ^ "I Love Female Orgasm". I Love Female Orgasm. Retrieved 3 January 2015. 
  13. ^ "The Birds and the Bees: Unabridged". Honest Accomplice. Retrieved 3 January 2015.