What is your gender (today) and your pronouns?
Troupe affiliation? Solo Performer?
Are you a producer? What do you produce?
I'm not a producer: produce is something I smash with my feet and butt on stage.
What led you to become a burlesque performer?
WELL my friend Heather Mack was doing Lucifer Christmas's Dumpster Diva Pageant, and she convinced me to sign up for the show additionally as well. We got really stoned, and agreed I should do a drag act where I lip synch to a Tiny Tim song and rub trash all over myself. People threw money at me when I was rubbing trash all over myself, and that made me feel good. Good enough to sign up for Rogue Burlesque's next Lucky 13 Amateur competition. If it wasn't for my friends and the opportunities provided in Boston by current producers and troupes to try out burlesque, I would still just be wearing weird underpants at home.
What is the first burlesque show you saw?
I saw a burlesque show at a gay bar on Bourbon St in New Orleans in October 2015. We were just drinking on a balcony, and this beautiful person walked up to us and said she was doing a burlesque show inside in a few minutes, and she hoped we would stay. The performer was Bella Blue, and I was so happy she encouraged us to see the show, because it was captivating. I won a sex pantomime contest with my friend at the show too! I think the first burlesque I saw in Boston was Dearly Departed, the day after the Orlando shooting. Madge of Honor hosted that show with such reverence, grace, and humor, that I knew I wanted to be spending my nights with these people, at these clubs.
What do you love about burlesque/performing?
I love the emotional catharsis of working on a piece that is important to me. I love seeing the interests, fascinations, and fantasies of my peers being played out in a 5 minute silent sketch that ends in nudity. I love wigs and tearaway costumes. I love finding little moments in an act to put a joke or a gimmick or a face.
Why do you think Burlesque Boston is important? Tell us about the community!
I think Burlesque Boston is important, because it focuses on performers and productions that value inclusion, body positivity, and safe spaces for everybody. It is so valuable for me to feel good about the people putting on the shows I attend. If Burlesque Boston endorses a show, you know that performers are being treated respectfully by their producers and audience, and nothing short of that is tolerated.
What's a fun fact about you that people might not know?
I spend a lot of time in sensory deprivation tanks. I wear wolf shirts on wednesdays. Before burlesque I did poetry and zines and embroidery.
What is your personal favorite performance?
I did a very personal 12 minute piece on grief, the Monday after Donald Trump got elected President of the country I live in. I didn't tell anyone I was doing this, and will forever be grateful to the "anything goes if you're not a dick and clean up after yourself" night that is Punk Rock and Pastie Poppin' at the Midway. It was truly a gift to be able to have a space to do that number, and to do it in front of such a receptive and empathetic audience. It changed the way I view art and theater as a tool for emotional healing, and I hope to foster other peoples interests in making cathartic pieces for the rest of my time that I'm doing burlesque. Here's a link: https://vimeo.com/191643368
What festivals have you attended or performed in?
I was just in Alterna-Tease! I performed at the PRPP equivalent of a punk rock burlesque show in Denver, which is more my style. I'd rather show up to a dive bar and do something weird. I'm such a burlesque baby that I'm not thinking about festivals quite yet. Oh, I'm also broke. You kinda need a bit of money to travel for festivals. I'll just go ahead and put my venmo name in my contacts down there in case you want to give me free money.
Are you working on anything exciting you'd like to share with our readers?
YES! I'm in a queer feminist pro-wrestling style performance group called BLOWW. We are having a show October 22nd that you won't want to miss at the Rockwell. I think I'm writing it? Dear lord help us all.
Who are your idols?
Oum Kalthoum, Klaus Nomi, David Lynch, Alejandro Jodorworsky, Oscar Wilde, Tom Waits, Richard Brautigan, Macho Man Randy Savage.
What's your favorite movie?
For my desert island movie, I can't decide between Singin' In the Rain or Dumb and Dumber, so let's split the difference and say Cry Baby.
What song can you not help dancing to?
Any blues. I just listen to Bessie Smith and languidly shimmy around my house all damn day.
Whats your website, Instagram, twitter, etc?
@restingclownface on instagram thx and make sure you send all your spare money to @shayna-curran on Venmo
Do you have any pets? Can we see a picture? Can we follow them on Instagram?
I live with a dog named Scutch, he's a good boy. I'm a bird mom I have a pet bird his name is Percy he is also a good boy. Neither one of them know how to use instagram.
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