Cosplay, Fan Fiction, and Identity in Burlesque

Nerdlesque is here to stay, but we still need to convince fans and audience members that we are doing justice to their fandom and are still burlesque artists and not fans copying costumes. Join in a discussion about audience perception, expectations, and artistic prerogatives.
Feb. 6, 2016, 11 a.m. - noon
William Dawes B

About the Teacher - Scarlett Letter

Scarlett Letter has been dazzling the world since 2004 and stunning them even longer. A long time fixture of the Los Angeles Burlesque scene, Scarlett has graced stages across North America and Europe and has won several awards along the way. Also a costumer and producer, Scarlett is known for a dark cold beauty reminiscent of Hollywood Noir and the classic Hitchock heroine. 


"With 4 feet of red hair and miles of bad intentions"

About the Panelist - Baroness Blitzen Von Schtupp

Began her career under the fine tutelage of LadyMissIris and Miss B. She has performed on stages throughout New England for the past 10 years and is the glittery right hand to Miss Bettysioux Tailor for GBE costume exhibit. She is best known for her geeklesque acts; several which you might have seen here at GBE: Godzilla, King Kong, Alien and Doctor Who.

About the Panelist - Dangrrr Doll

The Twisted Beauty of New York City, Dangrrr Doll is a multi-award winning performance artist known for her stunning costumes and unique interpretation of burlesque. Hailed as "high concept" and "defiantly weird" by Burlesque Beat, Dangrrr brings classic beauty combined with pop culture savvy and a dose of heavy metal to the stage. A professional costumer by day, this blonde bombshell is the producer of RAWR! Burlesque and the brains behind NYCC's first official burlesque show. Dangrrr Doll can frequently be seen with Wasabassco and at New York’s famous burlesque venue, The Slipper Room. She can also sometimes be found teaching with the NY School of Burlesque.

About the Panelist - Doctor Vu

Doctor Vu, The Wibbly Wobbly Boobie Woobie Time Lady of Burlesque, has been making audiences stop blinking and start saying "Oh, yes!" as a Sugar Shaker with Vermont's Green Mountain Cabaret since 2012. Trained in mask work and physicality, she has been acting for several years in classic theatrical productions, Commedia dell'Arte and Interactive Theatre. Doctor Vu's guest performances include shows with Peep Show VT, Burlington Burlesque, and Absinthe and Opium Burlesque. She has performed at the Great Burlesque Exposition in 2014 and 2015, and at the Vermont Burlesque Festival in 2014, 2015, and 2016. While geek may be chic, classic and sultry are part of her charm. Using her salacious curves to entice emotion whether she’s being comical or serious, this hoper of far-flung hopes and dreamer of improbable dreams wants to leave you feeling Fantastic! You won't want to go as she'll leave you proclaiming "Doctor Vu"!

About the Panelist - Scarlett O'Hairdye

Scarlett O’Hairdye is Seattle’s Superhero of Sparkle! A long and varied performance history boasts a performance in the first Nerdlesque Festival as well as the Ultimate Grand Supreme winner of the 2014 Seattle Burlesque Games. Scarlett comes from a background of anime convention cosplay and musical theater. She sold her personal dignity for a bag of magic beans when she was a child and never looked back. Her costumes? Lavishly accurate. Her ideas? Nearly infinite. Her cheese biscuits? Famous in the Seattle burlesque scene. Her hair? Really, really, ridiculously red. She creates fanfiction on stage with nearly every act… And she can probably kill you with her brain. Scarlett is the woman behind Unnatural Redhead Productions, producing sold-out shows around Seattle since 2012. A true Jill-of-all-trades, Scarlett not only produces themed and general revues, but also theatrical projects incorporating burlesque. She’s written, directed, set designed, and made props for The Venture Bras! and Planet XXXpress: A Futurama Burlesque! She also mixed the entire soundtrack for Showgirls of Beast Island! A full-length, badly lipsynced, burlesque B-Movie. Also a professional burlesque costumer, Scarlett has been creating elaborate and screen-accurate pieces for other performers in the Seattle area since December 2012. Notable clients include drag queen Mama Tits, Reigning Princess of Burlesque 2013 Sydni Deveraux, producer and performer Vixen Valentine, and producer and performer Sailor St. Claire. Scarlett was nominated for a 2014 Seattle Gypsy Award for Excellence in Costume Design (Smaller Theater) for her work on Girl You Know It’s True, produced by The Stay Up Late Show and Theatre Off Jackson.