SCreaming Chicken Executives & Board of Directors 2014/15
Evil Bastard - President
Flirty, funny, and flail-ly this performer has been seen on stage and behind the scenes in countless burlesque productions locally and internationally including the Vancouver International Burlesque Festival and the Colorado Burlesque Festival since her debut in 2008. Plenty's passion for burlesque goes beyond performing as she is an advocate for organizational transparency, artistic development, and community building which was why she was elected to proudly serve on the Vancouver International Burlesque Festival's Board of Directors for two consecutive years. She now happily sits on the Board of Directors for the Screaming Chicken Theatrical Society.
Dezi Desire - Vice President
Vancouver's stripped-down vigilante, Bruce began performing with the Screaming Chicken Theatrical Society with the 2012 Becoming Boylesque class, and has been a regular visitor the the stage ever since. With his blend of serious, sexy and hilarious stripping, this Stark Knight has risen for festivals in Vancouver, Edmonton, Ottawa and shows across Canada. Currently the Vice President of the Screaming Chickens and co-producer of the annual nerdlesque show Beam Me Up, Sexy, Bruce Wang is the hero you didn’t do anything to deserve, but have to put up with anyway.
Diva Fandango - Treasurer
A Vancouver Burlesque fan favourite, April O'Peel has recently been seen at the 2012 Burlesque Hall of Fame in Las Vegas NV, where she was awarded “Most Comedic” overall. Choreographer and feature dancer for both The Screaming Chicken Theatrical Society and The Razzle Tassel Tease Show, April spends her time performing, teaching Burlesque classes and serving as Treasurer on the Board of Directors for Screaming Chicken.
Melody is a founding member and current artistic director of Screaming Chicken Theatrical Society. As well as being a co-founder of the Vancouver International Burlesque festival, Melody performs regularly in Screaming Chicken productions the Taboo Revue Burlesque Variety Show and the Becoming Burlesque Graduation Recitals (as host). Her brand of burlesque tends toward the theatrical producing many full length spectacles such as Ed Wood’s Orgy of the Dead – LIVE, Sex, Violence and Nursery Rhymes, The Christmas Spectacular, Greece, Terror at Rock Out Beach and Oliver Fannie, many of which she has written, starred in or directed. Melody won best debut at the Burlesque Hall of Fame in 2009 and has either competed for queen of burlesque or performed ever since. Her passion for performance has brought her across Canada, throughout the United States and even as far as Australia.
Melody Mangler - Artistic Director
Tallulah Lee - Secretary
Glory S Gamms - Member At Large
Full of gunpowder and candy corn, Rosie Thornbush has flounced across the stage at many a Vancouver venue whilst tickling audience members with her eyes. She now proudly serves on the board of directors for her mama troupe Screaming Chicken Theatrical Society. Passionate about theatre and music, Rosie couldn't resist the call of her fellow Becoming Burlesque classmates to form The VanDolls Burlesque to create elaborate, themed productions. Favorite backstage moments include being behind the curtain, in the shadows, waiting to step on stage; that sensation that has her all hot on the outside and steamy in the middle, when she'd feel the hair raise and press against the evening's garb. Steam bun or samosa, you'll want to eat her up. You may have seen her cut rugs as Kitty Kitty Bang Bang at the Grandview Legion, Taboo Revue, The Rio Theatre, Kitty Nights Burlesque, numerous other productions and humbly, at VIBF for 2013 and 2014. Rosie Thornbush has danced the glitter boogie since 2011 and is exuberant to continue supporting and performing this limitlessly creative community.
Photo by Greg McKinnon
Veronica Vex - Member At Large
Ruby Slickeur emerged a couple years ago from her home in the shadows and dark side streets. With a love for pop culture, hard liquor, and all things campy, Ruby has used her femme fatale wiles to bring many sultry characters and creations to the stage. Ruby is a member of Screaming Chicken Theatrical Society, and is just beginning her first year on the society’s Board of Directors. She is also a member of the all queer burlesque troupe Queer Bawdies. Ruby recently went down to Portland as a performer in the 1st Annual Oregon Burlesque Festival. From sleazy bars to the boudoir, badassery is never far from the name Ruby.
Doc Chocolate - Member At Large
With Clare’s life long love for art, costume design, dance and comedy, it’s no surprise she became involved in burlesque. Inspired by bad mainstream hip hop and dark electronic music, her performances put an emphasis on parody or are often labeled obscure. She’ll always find a reason to create an elaborate new costume from scratch or to dress in drag as a pop culture icon for a group number (ex. Jerry Seinfeld, David Bowie to name a couple.) For Clare, the most rewarding part of burlesque is getting the strange ideas out of her brain to the stage, and connecting with an audience. She has been regularly performing with Screaming Chicken since graduating from their Becoming Burlesque program in 2011. She couldn’t feel more at home serving on the board this season.
A dedicated fan and supporter of Burlesque both locally and internationally, Norm has been producing and promoting festivals, live music, variety and burlesque events for 18 years. He is a founding member of Screaming Chicken Theatrical Society and the Vancouver International Burlesque Festival. Beyond Vancouver, he has contributed backstage at the New York Burlesque Festival and the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend in Las Vegas and is a widely recognized member of the international burlesque community whom he considers his extended family. A strong believer in the importance of amauture arts and community building, Norm continues to work towards making the Vancouver burlesque scene one of the strongest in world.