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These producers -- from Richmond to Baltimore -- know how to put on a good burlesque and variety show. Check 'em out!
Beaver and Buttstuff
Callie Pigeon and Delilah Dentata roll up a few times a year with incredibly niche shows for people with very specific interests.
Their greatest hits include Noble Asses: A Burlesque and Variety Tribute to the Periodic Table and Conspiratease: An Illumi-naughty Burlesque and Sideshow Revue.
Burlesque Right Meow
A purveyor of burlesque and variety in Richmond, VA. Along with the regular Pours and Pasties show at Strangeways Brewing, you can find BRM producing themed shows like the aptly named WTF Burlesque or Twisted Tassels: A Metal Burlesque Awakening
Les Folies Derriere
This is Callie Pigeon's production company, and it is french for "buttstuff." You might notice a pattern.
The founder of Pies and Pasties, and originator of the Gift Horse (the best raffle prize) and the Pi Reading Contest (the best audience game), Callie is working on some solo productions for this year and next. Get ready.
London St. Juniper’s Tippitywitchet Productions is a queer-woman-founded and performer-run educational nonprofit. Based in Maryland, and producing across the DMV,
Tippitywitchet is dedicated to preserving traditions of small stage entertainment: burlesque and variety, featuring a spectrum of talented and diverse performers.
Not Really Burlesque or Variety, Per Se, But Worth A Mention
Named one of the "best small theater companies in DC" by DCist, Astro Pop Events is a DC-based group of artists who come together to create unique and off-beat entertainment. Hallmarks of any APE production are subversive content, nudity, irreverence, slapstick, and pretty rad production values.
Are you wondering whether burlesque is for you? Well, we're so glad you asked.
Led by seasoned Baltimore-area burlesque performers Ruby Rockafella, Jacqueline Boxx, and Tempete la Coeur, Essential Tease's instruction combines essential burlesque knowledge with mind-body awareness techniques and wellness habits. Weekly step-by-step exercises guide students in turning personal stories into public art. Essential Tease welcomes all gender identities, abilities, ages, sexual preferences, races, religions, AND experience levels.
Honeybee Burlesque Burly-U
Burly "U" is a collaborative, interactive learning, and performance experience hosted by Frederick, MD-based troupe Honeybee Burlesque. In the months between acceptance into Burly U and the graduation performances, students will be mentored by veteran Honeybee Burlesque members as they learn about burlesque, create their own burlesque persona, and perform for the Honeybee audience.