The Strange Dame
ArraKiss is an Out of this World Indigenous Performer, Artist, and Creator. This Strange Dame transcends genres to serve up some space/horror/nerd/mermaid realness for your viewing pleasure!
The Belligerent Bombshell of Burlesque
Bellamie Beastly has been setting stages and screens alight with one smack of a scarlet lip and flick of a false lash at a time since January 2018. She has lit up Toronto limelights from the Junction to the Danforth and everywhere in between, as well as all over virtual stages interweb-wide. A proud member of Toronto’s Nerd Grrl Burlesque and Montreal’s Lust Cove troupes, Bellamie aims to delight audiences near and far through her vivacious versatility, thought-provoking teases, and wicked wit inspired by her eclectic interests, queerness, and Southeast Asian/Slavic heritage. This bisexual buxom bouncing burlesque babe can be your good friend or your wildest nightmare - it all depends on how you choose to approach her glittering gaze and headstrong hips.
Selected credits: The 5th International Nerdlesque Festival, New York City, NY (April 2019); Quarantine Burlesque Festival, New York City, NY (May 2020); Bi+ Arts Festival, Toronto, ON (September 2020); Pride Toronto, Toronto, ON (June 2021)
A Fey Fantasy
Delicia Pastiche is a founding member of Nerd Girl Burlesque who mixes her love of pop culture, history, and fantasy with a flair for the dramatic and ecdysiastic. Known for a stare that’s hotter than the fires of hell and a bum straight from heaven, she’s performed across North America from New York to LA.
An avid gamer of the video and tabletop variety, baker of delicious treats, and film fiend, she loves combining burlesque mainstays with geekery.
Selected Credits: The New York Nerdlesque Festival, The Toronto Burlesque Festival, The Michigan Burlesque Festival, Peepshow Menagerie (New York), D20 Burlesque (New York)
Helen of Tronna
The Dish from the Danforth
Hailing from Toronto’s Greektown neighbourhood, Helen of Tronna has been delighting audiences in Canada, the US and the UK since 2009. As a founding member of Nerd Girl Burlesque, she has performed homages to heroes and villains, comedies and tragedies, pop cultural favourites and original creations.
A Historical Treasure
Henrietta VIII is probably the biggest history nerd you will ever have the pleasure of meeting. She is equally at home playing comedic or dramatic, masculine or feminine. Using her passion for history and all things nerdy, she has been creating and performing draglesque and burlesque acts since 2015.
The Acadame with Game
Loretta Jean is a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto's Centre for Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies. A founding member of Nerd Girl Burlesque, Loretta brings creativity, cleverness, and a powerful, magnetic stage presence to everything she does. Her dissertation is an oral history and ethnographic study of nerdlesque. Her performance and academic work have been profiled in The Toronto Star and she has been quoted in Penthouse magazine talking about nerdlesque.
Select performance credits include The Nerdlesque Festival (New York), The Toronto Burlesque Festival, PrideTO, Red Rum's Satanic Panic (Chicago), and the Southwest Burlesque Showcase (New Mexico).