Hometown: Albany, NY
How long have you been burlesquing?
What drew/draws you to burlesque?
I’ve always been the reserved one, content to fly under the radar. At the same time, I had a secret side that wanted to be in the spotlight. A Groupon led me to The Pink Chardonnays, and they got me onstage. I eventually built up the courage to perform a solo and it was exhilarating. Burlesque has helped me in other areas, too. I may not be ready to audition for a reality show, but I’m not hiding in the shadows anymore.
Who or what would you say are your burlesque influences?
I’m obsessed with the 1960s so I like to think of my burlesque persona as if Betty Draper from Mad Men had run away to become a go-go dancer in L.A.
What kind of femme fatale are you and why?
Definitely an old-school Bond girl! A sex kitten who kicks ass, takes names, and doesn’t mind getting a little blood on her boots.
What does it mean to be badass?
To have the courage to be authentic on the stage, on the page and in real life. (I am still working on this.)
Besides performer, what would you say is your role as part of the FF?
Writer, editor, designer, website maintainer.
What do you do when you’re not burlesquing?
I work in cable news as a writer. I’m also a freelance writer and blogger. In my free time, I watch a lot of Red Sox baseball, drink a lot of wine and take as many vacations as I can.
What would you like to get out of this endeavor (the Femmes Fatales)?
I love that all of us are using our individual talents to come together and create something awesome that wasn’t there before. I want to grow as a performer, a writer and as a person. I would also like to be able to give something back. Everyone should have the opportunity to shine on stage!
Come meet Hellz Kitten and the rest of the ladies at Les Femmes Fatales Give Thanks – our debut show – November 20 @ 9 PM, Triad Theater, 158 W. 72 St. 212.362.2590
Advance tickets $15/ $20 at the door. Buy tickets here.