Artist Talk

Talkback with Kate McGee

July 14, 2024
5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

A portrait of Kate McGee a white woman with black lipstick who is wearing a black floral bodice.
Portrait of Kate McGee, courtesy of the artist.

Join this talk with celebrated trans lighting and scenic designer Kate McGee, who helped set the stage for John Jarboe’s multi-room environment, The Rose Garden.

Be sure to come early to experience Girl Mode, her VR experience that explores transness as absence.

Co-presented with The Bearded Ladies Cabaret in conjunction with John Jarboe: The Rose Garden.

Event Information

July 14, 2024
5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

The Fabric Workshop and Museum
1214 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

The Green Room, Second Floor Gallery


Free (suggested $5 donation) | Advance registration encouraged


Museum Hours

Please note that the rest of the museum, including Kate McGee’s Girl Mode and John Jarboe: The Rose Garden exhibition, will be closed during this event. To plan your visit to the exhibition, please reserve timed tickets during our regular museum hours. Girl Mode is included with general admission, Saturday, July 13 and Sunday, July 14, noon to 5:00 pm.

About the Participants

A portrait of Kate McGee a white woman with black lipstick who is wearing a black floral bodice.Kate McGee is a trans lighting and scenic designer and new media artist. Off-Broadway projects include My Lingerie Play (Rattlestick), Masculinity Max, Ain’t No Mo’ (The Public Theater), The Infinite Love Party (Bushwick Starr), Notes on Killing … (Soho Rep/The Sol Project), I’m Revolting (Atlantic Theater), PTaylor Mac’s The Hang (HERE/PROTOTYPE), and Early Plays (New York City Players/The Wooster Group). International projects include protec/attac (Deutsches Schauspielhaus) and Emily’s D+ Evolution tours with Esperanza Spalding. She was a 2022/2023 Project Number One artist in residence at Soho Rep (Girl Mode, a VR experience), and has participated in other residencies with the New York Choreographic Institute and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. An MFA graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, McGee’s work has been written about in The New York Times and Forbes, among other publications.

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Major support for John Jarboe: The Rose Garden has been generously provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

Major support of FWM is provided by the Marion Boulton “Kippy” Stroud Foundation. FWM receives state art funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Additional support is provided by Agnes Gund and the Board of Directors and Members of The Fabric Workshop and Museum.