Fosse Jack is a Seattle based actor-dancer turned ecdysiast, cabaret artist, choreographer and writer. The Limelight Loverboy has appeared on stage with some of Seattle’s top burlesque talent, blending innocence, eroticism, class, cheek, and his own waggish charm into performance art that has warmed the love-bits of audiences since 2010. He has choreographed and artistic directed three burlesque ballets with OtterPup productions (Draculesque, Coppafelia, A Metamodern Prometheus), and is also the writer and choreographer of The Tennessee Tease, a full-length literary burlesque adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ memoirs.
He is an original cast member Burlesco DiVino: Wine In Rome, a Lily Verlaine and Jasper McCann Production, and has performed in shows all over Seattle including The Seattle Boylesque Festival (2016), Carnal Appetites: A Cabaret of Kink (Café Nordo), Magnifique, Tuesday Tease, Guardians of the Sexy, Behind The Blue Door: Doctor Who Burlesque, Danger Zone: Burlesque Inspired by Archer, Through the Looking Glass: The Burlesque Alice in Wonderland, and more. He holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Seattle Pacific University.
Unsurprisingly, his favorite writer is Tennessee Williams, but when he isn’t enjoying a brooding midcentury drama, Fosse loves to get lost in a good adventure story. His favorite book is Alexandre Dumas’s The Count of Monte Cristo, which he plans to adapt for burlesque soon!
Sailor St. Claire
Artistic Director (she/her)
Sailor St. Claire has been putting her knowledge of the literary canon to more-than-scholarly uses as a performer, producer, and emcee since 2009. She is entrusted to steer the ship as the host of Emerald City Burlesque Revue and at Burlesque and Cabaret Behind the Pink Door, and has worked her wordsmithery on the grand stages of the Vogue Theatre at the Vancouver International Burlesque Festival and the Orleans Casino Showroom at the Burlesque Hall of Fame’s Movers, Shakers, & Innovators Showcase.
She is proud to have been a part of the production team for Sinner Saint Burlesque from 2013-2018, co-adapting and co-directing the troupe’s much lauded burlesque of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and was also part of the team of nerdy feminist superheroes that brought Bechdel Test Burlesque to the University of Oregon in 2016 at the invitation of the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program. The Showgirl Scholar holds a PhD in English from the University of Washington, and once did a pin-up shoot atop her actual dissertation.
Although she loves 19th century American realism and naturalism with a fervor that confuses most, her favorite book is and will always be Katherine Dunn’s Geek Love.
Company Member (she/her/they/them)
The Warrior Next Door doesn't believe in getting out of bed to be mediocre. Onyx Asili considers herself a kinky, semi-radical, sex-positive, monoflexible, womanist queer and a modern day Amazon warrior. In addition to her performance credits playing literal superheroes in nerdlesque shows like Batman: The Animated Striptease (Batman), She-Ra: Stripper of Power (Huntara), and Burl-X-Men: Days of Future Ass (Storm), she also has a background in stage management, lighting, and set design. Onyx has also appeared onstage at Sunday Night Shuga Shaq, the only all POC burlesque revue in the Pacific Northwest, and is a professional bondage rope artist, showing her flexibility as both a rigger and a model.
Onyx’s favorite writer is Octavia Butler, and she’s currently reading Afro-futurist works by Nnedi Okarafor and Tomi Adeyemi.
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Jesse Belle-Jones, The Modern Sexual Intellectual, is Seattle's post-disciplinary priestess of tease, challenging the imagined borders between artist, healer, activist, and scholar. Her work is body-centered with an emphasis on self-sovereignty, celebrating sexuality and death as our human birthrights. She has toured North America and the UK performing, producing, and teaching about burlesque and cabaret. She was a member of Sinner Saint Burlesque and Naked Girls Reading, and has performed as an affiliate artist with UMO Ensemble and Gender Tender. She has appeared at the Seattle International Dance Festival, the Northwest New Works Festival, and alongside Taylor Mac in Songs of the American Right (2015) and A 24 Decade History of Popular Music (2016). Offstage, she serves as the performance director for the Seattle Erotic Art Festival, the president of the board of the Pan Eros Foundation, and on the board of directors of A Sacred Passing Death Midwifery.
At this moment, her favorite book is Jeanette Winterson’s The Passion.
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Cheeky Diamondz is a graduate of Cherry Manhattan’s inaugural Neo-Burlesque Theory & Performance class. Combining storytelling with cheeky humor, their smile will add a little brown sugar to sweeten anyone’s day. Cheeky has danced at Seattle burlesque institutions like Revelry, Sunday Night Suga Shaq, Tuesday Tease, and The Mix Up, and has also employed their talents as an actor in burlesque plays like The Tennessee Tease. They were also a founding member of the troupe, A Little Burlesque, and have been producing and directing since 2013. Cheeky also teaches yoga at Studio Blue, and is a member of the steering committee at Burlycon, the world’s only burlesque educational and social convention.
Cheeky loves reading anything by Stephen King, but their favorite book is Fredrik Backman’s A Man Called Ove.
Company Member (he/him)
Al Lykya is Seattle’s dreamy, dimpled drag king stripper. Utilizing his background in dance, theatre, and the art of drag, Al Lykya challenges ideas about gender and stretches the definition of masculinity. A former competition dancer and child pageant star, Al parlayed his natural charm into his performances as an internationally known drag king over the last decade. The Man with the 10,000 Dollar Chest has performed at the Seattle Boylesque Festival, the FIERCE! International Queer Burlesque Festival, and played the role of Captain James T. Kirk in all three iterations of Star Trek: The Sexed Generation. This trans-masculine sweetheart was also the regular emcee for Revelry, and a guest vocalist with Pervana, the Tuesday Tease house band.
Al loves reading fantasy and sci-fi that includes queer, trans, and gender non-conforming characters. He is also a sucker for YA novels about vampires and werewolves.
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Trixie Paprika is short, sweet, and full of surprises. Trained in modern dance and aerial acrobatics, Trixie tells stories with movement. With fluid sensuality, whimsical comedic flair, and subtle poignancy, she seamlessly blends character with expert musicality to delight and inspire. She has performed at the Freezing Tassel Burlesque Festival and the New York Nerdlesque Festival, at which she cast a spell on the audience with her lyrical interpretation of Hermione Granger. She also originated the role of Snug the Moaner in Sinner Saint Burlesque’s acclaimed A Midsummer Night’s Reverie.
A huge fan of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter novels, Trixie is part of a weekly “Harry Potter and the Sacred Text” reading group. She credits Kate Chopin’s The Awakening with changing the way she reads literature.
Company Member (she/her)
Known as The Tinseled Tart, Polly began her ecdysiast adventures in 2006 after graduating from Miss Indigo Blue’s Academy of Burlesque. From snowsuits to nocturnal animals, from barbecue sauce to Irish Dancing, Polly Wood excels in blending classic bump’n’grind with campy charm. Her extensive striptease resume includes being a cast member in Land of the Sweets, Through the Looking Glass: The Burlesque Alice in Wonderland, House of Thee UnHoly, and SHINE: The Burlesque Musical, among others. She was a core member of Sinner Saint Burlesque, and a founding chapter member of Naked Girls Reading. As an actor, Polly played Laura in the West Coast premiere of The Beebo Brinker Chronicles (ACT Theatre), and was a member of The Barrow Group’s Theatre Acting Apprentice Company in New York from 2015-2016.
Her favorite writer is Madeleine L’Engle, and she plans to reread the Wrinkle in Time books every few years until she can’t physically read anymore.