Scholar Class – 2011
Maggie Keenan-Bolger was born and raised in inner-city Detroit. She gained a unique perspective on racial and economic discrimination early in life, as one of a few white students attending predominantly black schools and living in predominantly black neighborhoods. At age 14, Maggie came out as the only openly LGBT-identified individual in her 800-person high school. The religious upbringing of the majority of her classmates lead to conflict and rejection on both an individual and school-wide level, as she was forced to attend anti-homosexuality lectures which resulted in personal opposition to her identity and beliefs. Maggie was just 17 when her mom passed away from breast cancer. She not only lost a crucial member of her family, but an ally.
Maggie attended Oberlin College for her undergraduate work and found a passion in combining her majors of Theatre and Gender and Women’s Studies. Later, with the support of the Point Foundation as the Dr. Joan. Shelley W. Fernandez Named Scholar, Maggie acquired her Master’s Degree, using theatre to facilitate, activate and educate in the Applied Theatre Program at the City University of New York.
Maggie has worked with a variety of populations including LGBT Homeless Youth, LGBT elders and inter-generational LGBT groups as a way to provide a venue for self-expression and a voice to often silenced communities. She currently works as an openly queer teaching artist in the New York City Public Schools, teaching theatre classes and running LGBT Pride Clubs at three high schools in Brooklyn. At Goddard College, Maggie will continue her studies in the Interdisciplinary Arts Program using theatre, storytelling and LGBT politics as a way to create community and generate change in the world around her.