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Messapotamia Lefae (she/her) is queer performance artist based in Philadelphia, PA. Messy uses devised one-on-one lip sync performance, monologue, contemporary dance, vulnerability, and comedy to heal the wounds of transphobia, nurture queer community, and bring joy into the world. Messy was awarded a Philadelphia Asian Performing Artist (PAPA) Mini-Residency to develop a piece called Aswang about family estrangement, secret traumas, and first-generation Filipino-American identity. Messy and choreographer Cameron Lussier will create a dance film, which builds upon a creative writing collaboration with playwright Arthur Robinson.
Messy has performed with The Bearded Ladies Cabaret in Bastille Day at Eastern State Penitentiary, Color Me Bearded at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Do You Want a Cookie? in the 2018 Fringe Festival. In the 2019 Fringe Festival, Messy and designer Christopher Ash created immersive, projection-assisted performances inside a vintage camper at the Bearded Ladies’ Late Night Snacks Cabaret. In the 2022 Fringe Festival, Messy created one-on-one Peep Show performances at the Bearded Ladies’ Late Night Snacks Cabaret in collaboration with John Jarboe, Jo Vito Ramirez, Liz Atkinson, and Bless Rudisill, which connected her with dozens of individuals via headphones and direct eye contact through a peephole.
In addition to working as a Celebrity Nanny, she also works as an independent communication consultant for the Anti-Racism Commission of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania, and serves as the Vice Chair of the inaugural diocesan LGBTQIA+ Committee. Messy pioneered an outreach ministry with Saint Mark’s Church, delivering produce and groceries from Philabundance to The Church of the Crucifixion for their weekly free farmers’ market serving Latinx and Asian communities from across the greater Philadelphia area.
Messy has volunteered with the AIDS Fund for more than 12 years and performs as a Bingo Verifying Diva at GayBINGO. She is a member of the District Attorney’s Office LGBTQ Advisory Committee, advocating for queer and transgender victims of hate crimes and discrimination.
Born in Rhode Island, Messapotamia received dance training at Vassar College, The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, Wissahickon Dance Academy, and at the Performance Garage with Alexei Borovik. She studied voice with Cookie Diorio at Cory O’Niell Walker Vocal Studio and with Pax Ressler.