Bear Baxter is a queer-non-binary-femme-tomboy-dreamboat who was sent to earth to make it gayer and more romantic. Originally from the Sunshine State™, they are a playwright, performer, poet, muso, composer, and cowboy - now living and creating on the land of the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung peoples (Melbourne).
Bear made their theatre debut for Melbourne Fringe Festival (2017) with their one-babe-cabaret SHARE MY BLANKETS, which they toured to MELT FEST at the Brisbane Powerhouse (2018). Their latest project, UR STRONG FRIENDS is an exploration of transness though the eyes of a fledgling trans lad struggling with being the ‘strong friend’ in a community fraught with mental illness and trauma. Bear is committed to creating space for trans and gender-diverse people in music and theatre worlds. Their work is about vulnerability and human connection. At their own risk, Bear has used their life experiences to challenge ideas around identity and coming out. These works of self-discovery invariably lead to the next project of exploration.
Queer Workshop Intensive participating artist as part of the Queer Development Program 2020/21