Mariah is creating radical stories that make you feel less alone.
92

patrons

$286
per month
Note: If you'd rather give me money on a one-time basis rather than as a monthly pledge, you can do that on Venmo, Square Cash, or PayPal. Thank you so much!

Who are you?
Hi! I'm Mariah. I'm a joyful nonbinary queer femme. I write YA novelsessaysplays, and other things. I'm also a life coachproducer, teachercurator, storyteller, burlesque dabbler, rapper, birth mother, immersive-party-play-maker, and all-around creatrix. My writing contains tenderness and brutality in unequal measure. Things I write tend to be sexy, queer, funny, and don't center cishet white dudes. My plays have been done everywhere from New York living rooms and subway stations to the Paris stage, and have won some awards.

Non-play things I write include Squad, my Young Adult novel about cheerleaders (coming out in March 2019 with FSG) and this (currently on hiatus) advice column, as well as articles all over the Internet. I also run a theatre company called Caps Lock. We do funny, human, ugly plays. I curate and produce innovative and provocative festivals for Caps Lock and The Brick in Brooklyn.

I'm trying to transcend isolation through live events, education, and the written word. And I'd like to make a living at it.

Um, art? The world is kinda burning rn?
You are correct. It is. And I totally understand if you give your dollars to Immigration Equality or Black Lives Matter instead of to me.

However, here's why we need both:

adrienne maree brown has spoken really beautifully about social justice as science fiction, and how our world is only the way it is because someone imagined it into being.

We need to imagine better ways of being. And we cannot do that without stories. Full stop.

I believe that the world needs the heart-full, queer-ass, social-justice-y stories I make, because I think we need a heart-full, queer-ass, social-justice-y world. It's that simple to me.

Here are some projects I've got in the works right now:

-A rock musical in which Joan of Arc appears to Jo, a modern-day teen, and guides Jo on a journey that looks suspiciously like a present-day version of Joan's story. I'm teaming up with co-lyricist and composer Melissa Lusk and director/my art-wife Leta Tremblay on this.

-A production of my play Honors Students, in which two frighteningly smart teen girls (who happen to be blackmailing and mugging the men in their suburb) lose the footing of their volatile friendship when one of them befriends an awkward YouTube star. Starts October 26, 2018 at The Wild Project - find out more here!

-An audio drama podcast, Lysistratamerica, in which women stop having sex with men until rape stops.

-A new YA novel (working title: Pride Club) in which a close-knit high school pride club finds itself questioning what it means to be queer. Asexuals! Queer romance! Dry humping! This book has it all, kids.

With the exception of the Honors Students production, I am being paid for zero of these projects. And even with Honors Students, considering the work that went into creating the script over the years, I definitely lost money writing and developing this play, just as I will lose money on all these other projects before they ever make me money.

I'm not going to pretend that art will stop existing if no one pays for it. Art always finds a way. But I have other ways of making money that make my heart happy, so I will focus less on making stories if I'm not being paid for it, because my time and energy are limited and precious.

But! I think these projects should exist, and sooner than later.

Convinced? Cool! Click this button in the top-right-hand corner (or bottom of screen on mobile):



Wait. What is Patreon?
Patreon is a way for artists to make a living from our work via direct monthly patronage. Like if Kickstarter were a gym membership, except instead of getting to lift weights and take classes, you get to read my early drafts or read deleted excerpts or see behind the scenes.

We're all familiar with crowdfunding by this point, but Patreon takes that crowdfunding model and it makes it sustainable and steady. That way, artists don't have to keep mounting Kickstarter after Indiegogo after GoFundMe, you can just MAKE the art.

Tell me more about these rewards levels, though.
Each level is named after the leading ladies of alt-rock that I was obsessed with in middle school through college, ranked roughly in the order of how much I listened to them. And the more you give, the more you get back. Want a postcard of my face or my cat? This can happen! Want me to name a character after you? Can do! Want your very own custom advice column, monologue, or short story? All these things are available to you at different rewards levels!

OK, let's do this thing.
Amazing! Thank you! Click this button in the top-right-hand corner (or bottom of screen on mobile):



Actually, I don't want to join Patreon, but can I give you money some other way?
Absolutely! You can do that on Venmo, Square Cash, or PayPal. Thank you so much!
Tiers
The Alanis Morissette
$1 or more per month 16 patrons
I'll send you special discount codes for my shows and products whenever available. You'll get exclusive access to my patron-only updates, with behind-the-scenes photos and videos of my rehearsals, travels, and process. I'll also send you every article and advice column that I write, including those that I don't share on social media, and pictures of my cat that no one else on the Internet will see.
The Ani DiFranco
$2 or more per month 40 patrons
You get excerpts of my works-in-progress and deleted material, especially from my plays and novels, anywhere between once a week and once a month. PLUS special discount codes when available, PLUS exclusive access to my patron-only updates, PLUS every article and advice column that I write, PLUS pictures of my cat.
The Bjork
$5 or more per month 29 patrons
I will send you a SELFIE POSTCARD OF ME WITH MY CAT IN THE ACTUAL MAIL, twice a year. That's right: a physical postcard, of my mug + my lil Sophie, in your mailbox. PLUS excerpts of my works-in-progress, PLUS special discount codes when available, PLUS exclusive access to my patron-only updates, PLUS every article and advice column that I write, PLUS pictures of my cat.
The Tori Amos
$10 or more per month 9 patrons
Karaoke request line! I will send you a video of me singing along to any song of your choice; I make no guarantees as to the quality of my performance, but I will do my very best. PLUS a biannual selfie cat postcard, PLUS excerpts of my works-in-progress, PLUS special discount codes when available, PLUS exclusive access to my patron-only updates, PLUS every article and advice column that I write, PLUS pictures of my cat.
The Portishead
$25 or more per month 0 patrons
I will name a character after you and incorporate up to three character details of your choosing. PLUS your own personal karaoke video, PLUS a biannual selfie cat postcard, PLUS excerpts of my works-in-progress, PLUS special discount codes when available, PLUS exclusive access to my patron-only updates, PLUS every article and advice column that I write, PLUS pictures of my cat.
The Fiona Apple
$50 or more per month 0 patrons
Your very own PERSONAL Help Me Dylan advice column about any question you need advice about (to be either kept private or published, as you see fit). If you prefer, I can substitute this for a one-minute monologue or one-page short story on a topic of your choice. PLUS a character named after you, PLUS your own personal karaoke video, PLUS a biannual selfie cat postcard, PLUS excerpts of my works-in-progress, PLUS special discount codes when available, PLUS exclusive access to my patron-only updates, PLUS every article and advice column that I write, PLUS pictures of my cat.
The Shirley Manson
$100 or more per month 0 patrons
I will send you a beautifully-bound, one-of-a-kind, signed Mariah MacCarthy script of your choosing, printed and bound using the finest materials at my disposal. We're talkin bout a super-fancy collector's item. PLUS your own personal advice column or monologue or short story, PLUS a character named after you, PLUS your own personal karaoke video, PLUS a biannual selfie cat postcard, PLUS excerpts of my works-in-progress, PLUS special discount codes when available, PLUS exclusive access to my patron-only updates, PLUS every article and advice column that I write, PLUS pictures of my cat.
The Amanda Palmer
$250 or more per month 0 patrons
Commission! With this pledge level, you have commissioned me to write a customized story, play, or solo piece for you. Contact me and we'll talk specifics. PLUS a bound and signed Mariah MacCarthy script, PLUS a character named after you, PLUS your own personal karaoke video, PLUS a biannual selfie or cat postcard, PLUS excerpts of my works-in-progress, PLUS special discount codes when available, PLUS exclusive access to my patron-only updates, PLUS every article and advice column that I write, PLUS pictures of my cat.
Goals
$286 of $500 per month
This is approximately 20% of what I need to simply cover my monthly bills, not including fun or pleasure.
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Note: If you'd rather give me money on a one-time basis rather than as a monthly pledge, you can do that on Venmo, Square Cash, or PayPal. Thank you so much!

Who are you?
Hi! I'm Mariah. I'm a joyful nonbinary queer femme. I write YA novelsessaysplays, and other things. I'm also a life coachproducer, teachercurator, storyteller, burlesque dabbler, rapper, birth mother, immersive-party-play-maker, and all-around creatrix. My writing contains tenderness and brutality in unequal measure. Things I write tend to be sexy, queer, funny, and don't center cishet white dudes. My plays have been done everywhere from New York living rooms and subway stations to the Paris stage, and have won some awards.

Non-play things I write include Squad, my Young Adult novel about cheerleaders (coming out in March 2019 with FSG) and this (currently on hiatus) advice column, as well as articles all over the Internet. I also run a theatre company called Caps Lock. We do funny, human, ugly plays. I curate and produce innovative and provocative festivals for Caps Lock and The Brick in Brooklyn.

I'm trying to transcend isolation through live events, education, and the written word. And I'd like to make a living at it.

Um, art? The world is kinda burning rn?
You are correct. It is. And I totally understand if you give your dollars to Immigration Equality or Black Lives Matter instead of to me.

However, here's why we need both:

adrienne maree brown has spoken really beautifully about social justice as science fiction, and how our world is only the way it is because someone imagined it into being.

We need to imagine better ways of being. And we cannot do that without stories. Full stop.

I believe that the world needs the heart-full, queer-ass, social-justice-y stories I make, because I think we need a heart-full, queer-ass, social-justice-y world. It's that simple to me.

Here are some projects I've got in the works right now:

-A rock musical in which Joan of Arc appears to Jo, a modern-day teen, and guides Jo on a journey that looks suspiciously like a present-day version of Joan's story. I'm teaming up with co-lyricist and composer Melissa Lusk and director/my art-wife Leta Tremblay on this.

-A production of my play Honors Students, in which two frighteningly smart teen girls (who happen to be blackmailing and mugging the men in their suburb) lose the footing of their volatile friendship when one of them befriends an awkward YouTube star. Starts October 26, 2018 at The Wild Project - find out more here!

-An audio drama podcast, Lysistratamerica, in which women stop having sex with men until rape stops.

-A new YA novel (working title: Pride Club) in which a close-knit high school pride club finds itself questioning what it means to be queer. Asexuals! Queer romance! Dry humping! This book has it all, kids.

With the exception of the Honors Students production, I am being paid for zero of these projects. And even with Honors Students, considering the work that went into creating the script over the years, I definitely lost money writing and developing this play, just as I will lose money on all these other projects before they ever make me money.

I'm not going to pretend that art will stop existing if no one pays for it. Art always finds a way. But I have other ways of making money that make my heart happy, so I will focus less on making stories if I'm not being paid for it, because my time and energy are limited and precious.

But! I think these projects should exist, and sooner than later.

Convinced? Cool! Click this button in the top-right-hand corner (or bottom of screen on mobile):



Wait. What is Patreon?
Patreon is a way for artists to make a living from our work via direct monthly patronage. Like if Kickstarter were a gym membership, except instead of getting to lift weights and take classes, you get to read my early drafts or read deleted excerpts or see behind the scenes.

We're all familiar with crowdfunding by this point, but Patreon takes that crowdfunding model and it makes it sustainable and steady. That way, artists don't have to keep mounting Kickstarter after Indiegogo after GoFundMe, you can just MAKE the art.

Tell me more about these rewards levels, though.
Each level is named after the leading ladies of alt-rock that I was obsessed with in middle school through college, ranked roughly in the order of how much I listened to them. And the more you give, the more you get back. Want a postcard of my face or my cat? This can happen! Want me to name a character after you? Can do! Want your very own custom advice column, monologue, or short story? All these things are available to you at different rewards levels!

OK, let's do this thing.
Amazing! Thank you! Click this button in the top-right-hand corner (or bottom of screen on mobile):



Actually, I don't want to join Patreon, but can I give you money some other way?
Absolutely! You can do that on Venmo, Square Cash, or PayPal. Thank you so much!

Recent posts by Mariah

Tiers
The Alanis Morissette
$1 or more per month 16 patrons
I'll send you special discount codes for my shows and products whenever available. You'll get exclusive access to my patron-only updates, with behind-the-scenes photos and videos of my rehearsals, travels, and process. I'll also send you every article and advice column that I write, including those that I don't share on social media, and pictures of my cat that no one else on the Internet will see.
The Ani DiFranco
$2 or more per month 40 patrons
You get excerpts of my works-in-progress and deleted material, especially from my plays and novels, anywhere between once a week and once a month. PLUS special discount codes when available, PLUS exclusive access to my patron-only updates, PLUS every article and advice column that I write, PLUS pictures of my cat.
The Bjork
$5 or more per month 29 patrons
I will send you a SELFIE POSTCARD OF ME WITH MY CAT IN THE ACTUAL MAIL, twice a year. That's right: a physical postcard, of my mug + my lil Sophie, in your mailbox. PLUS excerpts of my works-in-progress, PLUS special discount codes when available, PLUS exclusive access to my patron-only updates, PLUS every article and advice column that I write, PLUS pictures of my cat.
The Tori Amos
$10 or more per month 9 patrons
Karaoke request line! I will send you a video of me singing along to any song of your choice; I make no guarantees as to the quality of my performance, but I will do my very best. PLUS a biannual selfie cat postcard, PLUS excerpts of my works-in-progress, PLUS special discount codes when available, PLUS exclusive access to my patron-only updates, PLUS every article and advice column that I write, PLUS pictures of my cat.
The Portishead
$25 or more per month 0 patrons
I will name a character after you and incorporate up to three character details of your choosing. PLUS your own personal karaoke video, PLUS a biannual selfie cat postcard, PLUS excerpts of my works-in-progress, PLUS special discount codes when available, PLUS exclusive access to my patron-only updates, PLUS every article and advice column that I write, PLUS pictures of my cat.
The Fiona Apple
$50 or more per month 0 patrons
Your very own PERSONAL Help Me Dylan advice column about any question you need advice about (to be either kept private or published, as you see fit). If you prefer, I can substitute this for a one-minute monologue or one-page short story on a topic of your choice. PLUS a character named after you, PLUS your own personal karaoke video, PLUS a biannual selfie cat postcard, PLUS excerpts of my works-in-progress, PLUS special discount codes when available, PLUS exclusive access to my patron-only updates, PLUS every article and advice column that I write, PLUS pictures of my cat.
The Shirley Manson
$100 or more per month 0 patrons
I will send you a beautifully-bound, one-of-a-kind, signed Mariah MacCarthy script of your choosing, printed and bound using the finest materials at my disposal. We're talkin bout a super-fancy collector's item. PLUS your own personal advice column or monologue or short story, PLUS a character named after you, PLUS your own personal karaoke video, PLUS a biannual selfie cat postcard, PLUS excerpts of my works-in-progress, PLUS special discount codes when available, PLUS exclusive access to my patron-only updates, PLUS every article and advice column that I write, PLUS pictures of my cat.
The Amanda Palmer
$250 or more per month 0 patrons
Commission! With this pledge level, you have commissioned me to write a customized story, play, or solo piece for you. Contact me and we'll talk specifics. PLUS a bound and signed Mariah MacCarthy script, PLUS a character named after you, PLUS your own personal karaoke video, PLUS a biannual selfie or cat postcard, PLUS excerpts of my works-in-progress, PLUS special discount codes when available, PLUS exclusive access to my patron-only updates, PLUS every article and advice column that I write, PLUS pictures of my cat.