Hi, We’re Queer and We Love Cats (And Theater)

Queer Cat Productions is a Theater Company founded by Nicole Jost, Carson Ash Beker, and Nara Dahlbacka. We are dedicated to bringing playful, perspective-queering, boundary-pushing theater experiences to the bay area and beyond. We stand for cats, collaborations, and artists getting paid. You can read our Catifesto here! We are supported by a Theater Innovators Grant from 3Girls Theatre, by a Theatre Bay Area CA$H Grant, by PlayGround’s Innovator Incubator Program, and by you, our community, thank you!

Our cats' names are Molly, Smaug, Savannah, and Ziggy.

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NICOLE JOST

(Team Molly)

Nicole Jost is a playwright and educator. Her first play, The Terror Fantastic, was produced by 20% Theatre Company Twin Cities. Other plays have been read at SF Playhouse, Z Space, and The Custom Made Theatre Co. Nicole’s short plays have been presented by Best of PlayGround, B8 Theatre Company, Gadfly Theatre Productions, Rorschach Theatre, and the SF Olympians Festival. Nicole is a two-time winner of the James Milton Highsmith Playwriting Award for queer theater. Her play Sucia was awarded the Honorable Mention for the Jane Chambers Student Playwriting Award, and third place for the National Partners of the American Theatre Playwriting Award. Nicole holds an M.F.A. in Playwriting and an M.A. in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University.

NARA DAHLBACKA

(Team Savannah and Ziggy)

Nara Dahlbacka is a local playwright and director, born and raised in Oakland. She discovered her love for playwriting as an undergrad at UCSB, where she won the first ever Dilling Yang Playwriting Fellowship; and her first two plays (Dayenu and Becky & Dog) were produced –both earning Corwin Metropolitan Theatre Awards. She received an MFA in Playwriting from SFSU, where she was one of the first recipients of the Yeah, I Said Feminist Theatre Fellowships and her play Blood under the Bridge was chosen for the Greenhouse Festival and was a runner up for the Jim Highsmith Award. She directed new works her entire time at SFSU on the mainstage and as part of the Fringe and Greenhouse Festivals. She has also directed for the last four years at the KCACTF Region 7 Festival, and last year her play Twinkle Twinkle Little Lamb was a semi-finalist for the John Cauble one-act award. She has been produced at The Exit Theatre, the Olympians Festival, is part of the SF Playground writer’s pool and is a directing apprentice with Playground. By day, Nara works in local and state politics as well as serving as president of the board of Cat Town Oakland.


CARSON BEKER/ ASH

(Team Smaug)

Carson Beker (Ash) is a fiction writer, playwright, storyteller, former Fiction Editor of Fourteen Hills Literary Magazine and co-founder of the Pirate Art School The Escapery. Their stories has appeared or are forthcoming in The Fairy Tale Review, Spunk, Foglifter, Cutthroat, Gigantic Sequins, Utterance, and Radar Literary Series. Their plays have been produced or in development through Playground, Custom Made Theater, Exit Theater, and Z-Below. They are a Lambda Emerging Writer Fellow in Fiction, a former Tin House Scholar, and a member of Clarion West 2018. They can be found at CarsonBeker.com and at www.Escapery.org. They are most definitely haunted.

 

Origins

Queer Cat Productions was founded at Old Devil Moon bar over bourbon & tears.

Crew

Nicole Jost
Founder, Writer and Producer, The Gay Divorce Play

Carson Beker
Founder, Writer and Producer, The Gay Divorce Play

Nara Dahlbacka
Divorce Coordinator, The Gay Divorce Play

Genevieve Jesse
Contributing Writer, The Gay Divorce Play

Molly
Cat

Smaug
Cat

Savannah

Cat

Ziggy

Cat