Portrait of Mama Alto

Mama Alto

Mama Alto is a jazz singer, cabaret artiste and gender transcendent diva. She is a transgender and queer person of colour who works with the radical potential of storytelling, strength in softness and power in vulnerability. In addition to her excellence as a performing artist, she is a writer of intelligence and sensitivity. 

She has performed original spoken word and pieces of new writing for Melbourne Writers Festival, Queerstories, Emerging Writers' Festival and Word In Hand. Her writing has been published in the Age, Archer Magazine, Querelle 2018, the Music, and Melbourne Recital Centre's Soundescapes, and she has contributed chapters to Queerstories (ed. Maeve Marsden, Hachette Australia 2018) and Living & Loving in Diversity (ed. Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli, Wakefield Press and AGMC 2019). 

In 2019, she was one of the playwrights selected for the MTC's Cyber Electric workshop and readings series. Her Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowship will build upon the research and writing work on the concept of the diva which she undertook as one of the 2019 Creators supported by Creative Victoria's Creators Fund.

Photo: Torrey Atkin