Bios M-O


Madison Zalopany [Artist]

Madison Zalopany is a local St. Petersburg artist and a recent graduate of the Maryland Institute of Art. Although her passion is painting, she takes an active role in the creative community designing and building puppets and costumes with the NANA projects, acting as concept artist for Rivals of the West theater company’s 2010 production of Midsummer Night’s Dream, designing a play space at the Great Kids Farm, and most recently working as an education assistant at the Walters Art Museum.

Maggie Cee [Workshop Presenter]

Maggie Cee is an artist, activist, dancer, writer, and educator committed to community and social change. She is the founder and artistic director of The Femme Show, a ground-breaking touring variety show about queer femme identity and femininity. Onstage, Maggie strives to offer provocative, inspiring performances and writings that speak to the heart of contemporary queer experience. As an organizer, she is passionate about connecting people and creating systems that fuel revolution and free expression. Maggie is the 2011 recipient of the History Project’s Lavender Rhino Award for an emerging LGBT history maker.

Maggie Cee and Rachel Kahn [Performers]

Rachel Kahn is a freelance writer, poet, and performer, but spends the vast majority of her time pretending to be a therapist. Her work has been heard at a variety of venues, including the Apocalypse Lounge, the Ear Inn Poetry Series, and The New York Writers’ Coalition ‘Writing Aloud’ series. Maggie Cee is the founder and artistic director of the Femme Show and is the 2011 recipient of the History Project’s Lavender Rhino Award for an emerging LGBT history maker. As Phyllis and Beatrice of the Society for the Preservation and Promotion of Sapphic Social Mores (SPPSSM) they have been schooling queers on good manners and social graces and passing out dance cards since 2008 at venues including Dixon Place (NYC) Paint the Town (la) Red (Boston), WOW Cafe Theater (NYC), the Rotunda (Philadelphia), Shadow Lounge (Pittsburgh,) Wind-Up Space (Baltimore) and the DC Center.

Malic Amalya [Filmmaker]

Malic Amalya is a femme-identified trans filmmaker living and working in Oakland, CA.  His films have screened widely, including at SF MOMA, the Olympia Film Festival, and the Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival.   He holds an MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and is working towards an MA in History and Theory at the San Francisco Art Institute.

Masti Khor [Performer]

Masti Khor is a Toronto-based performer who has been enticing audiences with sexy, funny and politicized burlesque for three years. In this number, she explores racialized queer femme desirability.






Max Garnet [Filmmaker]

Max Garnet is a fag-femme, butch queen, makeup maven living in Seattle, WA.  They have a life-time of experience as a performer in beauty pageants, drag balls, horror films, musicals, queer burlesque, and interpretive dances.  They are currently working towards a BFA in Interdisciplinary Arts.

Mée Rose [Workshop Presenter]

Mée Rose lives and works in Toronto, making films, taking dirty photos, playing music, and growing her physical and mental muscles.







Mel Hartsell [Workshop Presenter]

Mel Hartsell is a genderqueer radical social worker, with a degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Zie has worked specifically with gender and sexual minority youth and has trained educators, mental health practitioners, and social service providers to work with these youth.




Mia Tu Mutch [Performer, Workshop Presenter]

Mia Tu Mutch is a queer/trans/femme tornado of radical social change. Ms. Tu Mutch has worked as an advocate/organizer/educator for a variety of LGBTQ nonprofits  and loves to emcee homofabulous events big and small. Mia is also a  San Francico Youth Commissioner and the founder of Feather a fundraising collective  making transitions more affordable for low income trans people. She specializes in facilitating community workshops on LGBTQ cultural competency and allyship and has appeared in several speaking tours. Mia Tu Mutch is currently working to implement mandatory LGBTQ cultural competency training for youth service providers in San Francisco. When she stumbles upon free time, Mia worships Oprah and twerqs it to Beyonce.  You can stalk her fan page here

Miasia [Performer]

Miasia is an accomplished performer and teacher of cabaret, folkloric and fusion Egyptian & Turkish Dance. She has captivated audiences all over the US and around the world, including Turkey and Egypt, challenging the marginalization of femmeninity in a fat black queer femme package. Her goal as a teacher and performer is to continue opening the doorway of dance to include all bodies, sizes, colors and abilities. To find out more about Miasia, visit:

Micha Cárdenas [Artist]

Micha Cárdenas is an artist/theorist who works in performance, wearable electronics, hacktivism and critical gender studies. She is a PhD student in Media Arts and Practice (iMAP) at University of Southern California and a member of Electronic Disturbance Theater 2.0. Her book The Transreal: Political Aesthetics of Crossing Realities, published by Atropos Press in 2012, discusses art that uses augmented, mixed and alternate reality, and the intersection of those strategies with the politics of gender, in a transnational context. She blogs at and tweets at @michacardenas. Micha’s recent publications include Trans Desire/Affective Cyborgs, with Barbara Fornssler, from Atropos Press, “I am Transreal”, in Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation from Seal Press and “Becoming Dragon: A Transversal Technology Study” in Code Drift from CTheory. She was previously the Interim Associate Director of Art and Technology for UCSD’s Sixth College in the Culture, Art and Technology program. She has been an artist/researcher with the b.a.n.g. lab at Calit2, the UCSD School of Medicine and CRCA as well as a lecturer in the Visual Arts department and Critical Gender Studies program at UCSD. Her collaboration with Electronic Disturbance Theater, the Transborder Immigrant Tool, was the subject of widespread media coverage. She has exhibited and performed in biennials, museums and galleries in places around the world including Los Angeles, San Diego, Tijuana, New York, San Francisco, Montreal, Colombia, Egypt, Ecuador, Spain, Switzerland and Ireland. Her work has been written about in publications including Art21, the Associated Press, the LA Times, CNN, BBC World, Wired and Rolling Stone Italy.

Miss Cherry Tart [Performer, Workshop Presenter]

Miss Cherry Tart is a delightfully delicious, devilishly sweet Seattle femme who entertains and challenges “-isms” with fierce fashion designs, tawdry tales, and glitterific burlesque. She believes in the beauty of community building thru art as activism and spreading a queer body-positive message with spoken word and quirky stage performances. When she’s not crafting fat-positive fashions through her label ‘Notorious curves’, she’s off cultivating sultry stories of debauchery or dreaming up the next bigger-, gayer-, more glitter infused way get naked on stage. Check out her piece in the upcoming ‘Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love & Fashion’ anthology or see her facebook fan page for the latest Debauchery!

Miss Mary Wanna [Performer]

Miss Mary Wanna, patron saint of all that is sweet and sticky, hails from the dirrrty Deep South via the glittery sands of the Gulf Coast and the rolling hills of North Carolina. In a brash move north, she has shaken and shimmied her way into the heart of the northeast, living in the city of Brotherly, Sisterly, and Non-gendered Sibling Love, Philadelphia!!! Made of 2 parts glitter and 1 part nails, this sometimes writer/sometimes porn performing vixen is holding it all together with a little punk rock spit and a heavy handed helping of DIY politics. If you’re looking to get high, Miss Mary is sure to blow your mind and make you wanna… and give you a little something to talk about while she’s at it!

Miss Trixter Taley [Performer]

Trixter Taley is a bubbly young vixen hailing from sunny Glendale Arizona. After living a life of dull servitude to her job and endless errands, she secretly longed to be a part of the playful art of tease and performance. This once shy burlesque starlet began her career succeeding her graduation from the accredited Burlesque University. Performing in the Graduation Glory Showcase laid the stout foundation of what is shaping up to be a very successful career. Now armed with her newly refined talents, Trixter now expresses her true self and loves the reverence of her audience. Her professionalism and spunk promises to never disappoint. If you’re looking for fun and tantalizing bliss you’ve found the perfect peeler.

Monet Magnolia [Performer]

Monet Magnolia has been driving audiences wild with authentic burlesque striptease since 2008, but has been a drag performer out of the womb. Understanding the sexuality and balance of burlesque, this performer brings strikingly different characters to the stage. Monet Magnolia is a sultry songbird, but Magnolia’s curves and shakes as she peels will make you holler for more.Employing fans and incorporating different dance styles, Monet Magnolia’s performances are a theatrical threat for the eyes and ears.





Moxie Heart [Workshop Presenter]

Originally from the east coast, Moxie Heart left Boston’s snow behind for the Texas heat but never lost her wicked pisser spirit. In Austin, she tried her hand at radical cheerleading with the Queertastiks under the name Oliver Fist. Now Moxie resides in Oakland and is ready to make some trouble…this time with pasties instead of pom poms! When not giggling her fat on stage for the revolution Moxie is trying to dismantle the non-profit industrial complex from within. At this year’s femme conference Moxie is interested in teaching you where glitter comes from! Hint: It’s related to some femme on femme action.


Oliver Fist [Performer]

Oliver Fist is a femme prep-school boy. He had trouble fitting in growing up but now he’s glad to be in Philadelphia where he can be a part time queen and full time fabulous. He performs with the Liberty City Kings Drag and Burlesque.







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