Burly Babes Union (all her/she like the chocolate) are first & foremost black womxn performers. We all stepped into Burlesques from a wide variety of experiences.
RSK, risk, comes from the organizing, herbalist & poetry world. She is our Harriet (Tubman), guiding us through the underground art & movement scene to find our abundant future.
Bleu Pearl is a pole dancer, chef, and herbalist that pursues creative entrepreneurship for her children to experience a new world. She is “A Man of the People '' and an oracle guiding us in principled struggle.
Cocoa Kitt is our next-door neighbor turned showgirl. She grounds the collective in the historical and cultural relevance for burlesque. Cocoa Kitt is our guiding star that has been waiting her whole life to have her name in lights. We create a network of meridians that allow a natural relationship between performers and the entertainment community to flow, develop, and support one another.
Daura Campos (she/her) is a Latinx, self-taught, lens-based artist based in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Her photographic practice challenges traditional image-making processes, revealing itself as more than a meta-commentary with a subtext that prompts broader conversations on the implications of existing in a dissident body.
She was a convener of the 2021 Hemi Convergence at the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics of the New York University and the University of Chicago. Recently, she was an artist in residence at the Roundtable Residency and was awarded the CuratorSpace Artist Bursary #13 and the Heather B. Mattera Opportunity Scholarship by StrudelmediaLive.
Her most recent project "Secret Visibility" has been exhibited at Whippersnapper Gallery, Angelica Kauffman Gallery, Geis Gallery and in 2022 will be shown at Gallery 44. Daura's "What the Luck" series was awarded by Adolescent and exhibited in Experimental Photo Festival, Humble Arts Foundation and was displayed on billboards in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Toronto. Earlier works have been published globally on Curated by Girls, Container Love, The Soon Project, and others.
Photograph by Rafaela Urbanin
Amy Conway (she/her) is an artist, writer, comedian, and farmer who lives in Portland, Or with her spouse, two kids, two cats and four ducks. She is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work tends towards reflections of the personal. Amy earned her MFA in Applied Craft & Design from Oregon College of Art and Craft and Pacific Northwest College of Art 2013.
In 2020 she and her family moved to a half acre space in SE Portland and started building Ramona Street Art Farm, a space that seeks to be a food source for their neighborhood and community as well as a performance and residency space for artists and creators. Amy started studying and performing improv comedy in 2015 both as an effort to help ease her social anxiety and to help her learn to speak more easily and freely.
In 2017 and 2018 began producing both comedy shows and creating a city-wide, comedy-focused fundraising platform called Comedy Really Cares raising funds for local non-profits. Amy usually attends one residency per year as an opportunity to focus on new work, learn new skills, engage with other artists, explore new places and to break the patterns of daily parenthood while truly sitting in the creative parts of her brain.
Nicole Hill (she/her/goddess) is a classically trained actress (and all around clown) who has worked on Broadway and Off, both off-stage and on. In addition to numerous NY credits she has toured regionally, most notably as standby for “Da Singer '' in the First National Tour of Savion Glover’s “Bring in Da Noise Bring Da Funk”. Nicole’s work touring abroad has spanned from Europe to Africa, where she debuted her one woman show, “All Up in a White Woman’s Closet” as part of the Harare International Festival of the Arts in Zimbabwe. Nicole has also entertained audiences in Zimbabwe and Johannesburg, with stops in Mauritius and Zambia along the way, as the holiday favorite “Miss Saucy Claus.” Rounding out her time in Africa Nicole was fortunate enough to utilize her background in the arts to create programming for the Rockefeller Foundation and to work with Oprah Winfrey's Angel Network via the NGO Africa Loves Babies. Nicole is a member of the NY Neo Futurists and the recipient of the 2014 New York Innovative Theater Award for outstanding innovative design for her work in shadow puppetry. Current projects as writer/producer/lyricist include the musical podcast: “The Misadventures of Clown ZerO '' and the web series: “Escape From Boo-Boo-Ville (a child-like show for grown-ass folk!)” For more visit www.Clown-Hero.com
Photo by Lorikay Photography
Katrina Majkut (she/they) (pronounced: My’kut), a visual artist and writer, is dedicated to understanding how social traditions impact civil and social rights. She uniquely pushes the boundaries of observational painting by using embroidery as a painting medium to create form or challenge its inherent social bias and history. Majkut exhibits nationally in both commercial and college galleries, where she lectures on gender issues, art activism, and textile arts.
In 2022, she will be a Wassaic Projects Family Fellow, an Emmanuel College Social Practice art resident, with a solo show at Delta State University (MS). In 2021, she exhibited in the Bronx Museum Biennial, Every Women NFT Biennial, Dorksy Museum, Museum of Craft and Design (SF), Alma College (solo) (MI), Untitled Space Gallery, and Kleinert/James Center for the Arts in Woodstock, NY. She also curated her first booth at Spring Break Art Show. In 2020, she curated at Dinner Gallery, exhibited at Smack Mellon (NY) and the Abortion is Normal exhibit at Eva Presenhuber/Arsenal Gallery (NY). Her residencies include the Bronx Museum AIM Fellowship, Feminist Incubator Residency at Project for Empty Space (NJ), Jentel, and Mass MoCA. She has exhibited in over 30 college galleries. Majkut published her first non-fiction book, The Adventures and Discoveries of A Feminist Bride (2018), which aims to make weddings more egalitarian. Majkut earned her BA from Babson College and her MFA from SMFA at Tufts University. She lives and works in New York.
Cameron Peagler (he/him) is a photographer from Dayton, Ohio and is currently based in Japan. Originally he worked as a seasoned registered nurse specializing in surgery and psychology. He now works towards serving others with photography. Through the power of visual images, his goal is to reveal social disparities, create inspiration, and illuminate individuals' truths to do the maximum good in an ever changing world.
Cameron also has experience with event coordination and public speaking as a former Gilman Ambassador, fencing on a national level in both America and Japan, editing as the former head community editor for AJET's CONNECT magazine, and teaching English as a secondary language on the JET Program. When he isn't busy taking photos, you can find him lost figuring out why his Pikachu still hasn't evolved or learning how to make the best hand brewed coffee.
Jules Rosskam (he/him) is an internationally award-winning filmmaker, educator and 2021 Creative Capital Awardee. His interdisciplinary practice works to induce a perceptual shift in our understanding of how and what bodies mean, toward an apprehension of multiplicities. His most recent feature-length documentary, Paternal Rites (2018), premiered at MoMA’s Doc Fortnight and went on to win several festival awards. He is also the director of Dance, Dance, Evolution (2019), Something to Cry About (2018), Thick Relations (2012), against a trans narrative (2009), and transparent (2005).
His work has been screened at the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Fine Art Boston, the British Film Institute, Arsenal Berlin, Anthology Film Archives, Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, the Queens Museum of Art, the Museum of Moving Images, and hundreds of film festivals worldwide. He has participated in residencies at Yaddo, ISSUE Project Room, Marble House, PLAYA and ACRE. Rosskam is also a fine artist whose paintings, installations, and performances have shown in galleries and venues throughout the U.S. and Europe. Additionally, he is a noted lecturer, speaker, and professor who has held positions at Hampshire College, SUNY Old Westbury, and Indiana University—Purdue, Fort Wayne. He is currently assistant professor of visual arts at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Photo by Jules Rosskam
Amy Lai Zhang (she/her) is a writer, producer, and civically engaged artist hailing from Beijing, Virginia, Hong Kong, and New York City. She served as a producer on Netflix’s Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj, where she pitched and produced episodes on Chinese feminists and Indian cricket scandals. Before, she worked in arts education and community engagement at the National Medal of Arts winning documentary theater company Ping Chong + Company.
Amy’s fiction and non-fiction has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Jellyfish Review, Atlas Obscura, and Catapult. Her TV pilot “Black Vinegar” was a 2016 Fox Writer’s Lab Semifinalist. For two years, she worked with emerging writers as the non-fiction editor for Hyphen magazine. In 2021, through a NYC Artist Corps grant, she co-directed, wrote, and performed in “Ascend!” a play sourced from interviews with Asian women in America, which combined storytelling, drumming, and movement.
Amy is passionate about education and has created and taught classes across literature, writing, and documentary at many institutions, including Great Books at Stanford University and Dalton School.
With a team of organizers, Amy led a creative Chinatown fundraising community project that sent $60,000 to NYC’s Chinese small businesses in the early weeks of the pandemic. She then directed the creation of Small Business Hub, an online platform that provided crucial information to Sunset Park’s immigrant businesses, which Councilman Menchaca called the “gold standard in community engagement platforms.”
In 2019, Amy was named one of “25 Under 25 Leaders in U.S.-China Relations” by Yale’s China Hands magazine. She graduated with honors from Wesleyan University.