Creator of theatre, music, cabaret, comedy and storytelling events
Writer, producer, performer
Advocacy, Arts, Music, Literature, Entertainment, Families, Feminist Policy and Politics, Women’s Affairs, LGBTIQ Rights/Issues, Relationships, Sexuality
Maeve Marsden is a writer, producer, performer and theatremaker. As an opinion writer, her work has appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald, The Guardian, Junkee, ABC Online, SBS Online, ArtsHub, Daily Review, Archer Magazine and Audrey Journal. In 2018, she edited at the ABC’s Sydney Mardi Gras 40th Anniversary Magazine.
Maeve produces, directs and performs in comedy, cabaret, live music and storytelling events.
Mother’s Ruin: A Cabaret about Gin, a theatrical cabaret Maeve wrote and performs in has been touring consistently since June 2016, selling out seasons at Sydney Festival, the Sydney Opera House, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Festival of Voices (Tasmania), Darwin Festival Brisbane Festival, Melbourne Cabaret Festival and Edinburgh Festival Fringe, as well as regional seasons in Australia and in the UK.
Queerstories, an LGBTQI+ storytelling event and podcast Maeve hosts and programs runs regularly in Sydney and Melbourne, with satellite events in Brisbane and regional towns. Winner Best Spoken Word, Sydney Fringe 2016, Queerstories has welcomed Australian LGBTQI icons to its stage, including Hannah Gadsby, Justice Michael Kirby, Matthew Mitcham OAM, Jordan Raskopoulos, Simon Hunt aka Pauline Pantsdown, Benjamin Law, Helen Razer, Nayuka Gorrie, Patrick Abboud, Candy Bowers and many more. Maeve has edited a book of stories from Queerstories, published by Hachette in 2018.
Winner Best Cabaret, Sydney Fringe 2016, Lady Sings it Better, a feminist comedy cabaret act Maeve directs and performs in has been touring to critical acclaim for 9 years, with seasons at Sydney Comedy Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Adelaide Fringe Festival, among others.
As a child of same-sex parents, Maeve is passionate about the rights of diverse families, and she writes and speaks on the issue often. She was been involved with the team behind feature documentary, Gayby Baby as a community consultant, education advisor and social media strategist, and she appeared in ABC2 doco, Growing Up Gayby.
As a project manager, copywriter, content strategist and social media manager, Maeve has worked with Music Australia, National Disability Services, the Department of Ageing and Home Care, Event Emporium, Slide Lounge, Cate Madill Voice & Speech, The Atticism and Marla House.
Maeve likes gin, dancing, cheese and TV melodramas with good ethics and bad dialogue.