This month we are starting something new: highlighting some of our favorite performers from our diverse community! This month we'd like to highlight that marvelous maven, the wicked and wickedly talented, Jane Doe!
Performer Name: Jane Doe
What is your gender (today) and your pronouns? cisgender woman, she/her
Troupe affiliation? Solo Performer? I'm a member of the Lipstick Criminals! <3
Are you a producer? What do you produce? I'm one of the producers from Sparkletown Productions as well as one of the producers of Alterna-TEASE.
What led you to become a burlesque performer? I've danced off and on my entire life, and I joined a dance troupe shortly after moving to Boston. They had a burlesque wing of the troupe, and the troupe leader asked if I wanted to give it a try. I completely fell in love!
What is the first burlesque show you saw? It wasn't all burlesque, but I saw the Sex Workers Art Show when it came through town in 2007/2008-ish? It was life-changing!!
What do you love about burlesque/performing? More than anything else, I love giving absolutely everything I have to an audience and seeing and feeling them respond to it. There's nothing like it in the world.
Why do you think Burlesque Boston is important? Tell us about the community! I love this community!! I get so much inspiration from seeing what folks are up to, and I love that Burlesque Boston is working really hard to showcase everyone's projects, classes and shows so that we can all help support each other.
What's a fun fact about you that people might not know? I have a Master's degree in Journalism.
What is your personal favorite performance? It changes constantly! Right now, I'm super in love with the Cannibal Triplets piece from Battle Nuns. It's the most delicious combination of sexy, gross, and terrifying, which is basically where my brain wants to live all the time.
What festivals have you attended or performed in? Fierce! Queer Burlesque Festival for the last 3 years, and Alterna-TEASE
Are you working on anything exciting you'd like to share with our readers? Gearing up for this year's Alterna-TEASE. It's going to be completely bananas!
Who are your idols? Oh my god, so many. My mom - she's been through so much in her life and she's a bad-ass. My partner, Caleb Cole - if I could live inside his brain for the rest of my life, I'd be happy. I have a TON of famous people I look to for inspiration: Madeline Kahn, Cyd Charisse, Rita Hayworth, Beyonce, Elvira, Aisha Francis, ahhh!!! Too many to name. And then so many people in our local community inspire and motivate me as well - seeing the way that everyone thinks about what they do and how they do it is invaluable to me!
What's your favorite movie? Clue, absolutely. Murder! Comedy! I can probably recite the entire movie from memory.
What song can you not help dancing to? I can't help dancing to pretty much anything, but I especially can't help dancing to 90s R&B.
Whats your website, Instagram, twitter, etc? Instagram: @janedoeburlesque Website: http://www.thatjanedoe.com (it's so out of date, I'm so sorry!)
Do you have any pets? Can we see a picture? Can we follow them on Instagram? I have a cat named Kinney, and he's the absolute cutest and sweetest cat who ever lived. He doesn't have an Instagram because he's a little old man, but here's a picture!!