Profile Type: Artist
NEFA Grant Recipient
Maggie Cee

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. In addition to touring with “The Femme Show" and performing annually in Boston since 2007, performance credits include BarWotever (London), MondoHomo (Atlanta), the Dance Complex (Cambridge, MA), the Portland Fringe Festival (Portland, ME), the HOT Festival at Dixon Place (NYC),  the 2008 and 2012 Femme Conferences, and the Stonewall Inn (NYC).

Maggie's current project, “Ladies at a Gay Girls' Bar, 1938-1969” premiered at the Providence Fringe Festival in 2019 and is available to tour. Ladies at a Gay Girls’ Bar, 1938-1969 brings audiences into the lives of working-class lesbians who fought to create space for themselves and became a powerful force for queer visibility. Maggie Cee uses dance, music, historical text and original monologues to explore her years as a teenage gay rights activist, her own identity, and fem history.

The Hartford Courant's Christopher Arnott called it a "major highlight" of the Hartford Fringe Festival, saying:  
"'Ladies at a Gay Girl’s Bar: 1938-1969,' written and performed by Maggie Cee, sweetly explored the femme/butch dichotomy in lesbian bars over half a century ago. Cee is a graceful, down-to-earth performer who’s passionate about her subject...and tells it through dance, pre-recorded voices, oral histories, fictional characters and well-chosen jazz music that softens standards like 'Tuxedo Junction' and 'Que Sera Sera.'"

Maggie is an accomplished teacher and is available for workshops on LGBTQIA+ history, as well as ballet and modern dance for all ages. She is passionate about age-appropriate dance education, dance for all genders and bodies, and a holistic approach to ballet.

*”femme” or “fem” is a culturally-specific term describing a lesbian or queer identified person who chooses a feminine gender presentation.

  Fee support for Maggie's work may be available to nonprofit organizations through the New England States Touring (NEST) program of the New England Foundation for the Arts.

I Have Worked With

  • October 2019

    Performed "Ladies at A Gay Girls' Bar" at Hartford Fringe Festival 

  • July 2019

    Perform "Ladies at a Gay Girl's Bar" Providence Fringe Festival

  • May 2019

    Produce and perform in "The Femme Show" 


  • NEFA Grantee
  • Artist

Contact Information

First Name: 
Job Title/Position: 
artist, dancer, writer
Physical Address: 
Boston, MA 02131
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Profile Type: 
Primary Discipline: 
Dance - General
Additional Disciplines: 
Dance - Ballet
Dance - Modern / Contemporary
Literary Arts - Spoken Word
Theater - Solo / One-Person Show
Theater - Variety / Vaudeville
Populations Served: 
General Public
LGBTQ Populations
Languages Available: 
American Sign Language
Institution/Business Type: 
Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Arts for Social Change / Creative Activism
Community Arts
Performance / Concert / Reading
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Events Per Year: 
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Geographic Reach: 
Multi-State Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments

a MAKE iT / SHARE iT / SHOW iT (aMaSSiT): MENTORING LAB at the Dance Complex, 2018
BFA, Dance/Theatre, Emerson College
BA, Political Communication, Emerson College
New England Dance Fund Grantee/Alum Network
Live Arts Boston Grant recipient for Dancing Queerly Festival, 2018
Creator-In-Residence, Earthdance, 2018
Lavender Rhino Award for an emerging LGBT history maker, The History Project, 2011
“Future Gay Rights Leaders,” The Advocate magazine, 2006
Mutchnick Scholarship for LGBTQ activism, Emerson College, 2001-2005
I am a NEFA Grant Recipient

I am a Touring Artist

I am NEST eligible
Technical Requirements: 
20'x20' space or more with wood, marley, or other material that is safe to dance on.
Lighting needs are flexible
sound system that plays from laptop (mac) or ipad
Fee Range Minimum: 
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State of Residence: 
Minimum Number of Performers: 
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I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Afterschool Program
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
Private Studio
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - History and Social Science
Ages Served: 
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
Certifications / Training: 
American Ballet Theater certification to teach National Training Curriculum Levels 1-3
Progressing Ballet Technique certified instructor
Fee Range Minimum: 
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