The three-part series provides historical and cultural context to drag and burlesque performance.
April 24, 2014

Windy City Times Highlights Drag & Burlesque Werkshops at SAIC

On April 22, Windy City Times highlighted the Drag & Burlesque Educational Werkshops, presented by Multicultural Affairs and the Student Programming Board at SAIC in collaboration with JRV Majesty Productions. The series prefaces SAIC’s Second Annual Drag & Burlesque Show, which takes place on Tuesday, April 29, and provides a deeper historical and cultural context to drag and burlesque performance. Drag preformers Shea Couleé and Precious Davis led the series' first two workshops. “The term ‘workshop’ was slightly misleading in that the two presentations were far more than showcases for the art of drag but actually discussions on gender identity, personal evolutions, self-discovery and eventual self acceptance, ownership and self-celebration,” says writer Vern Hester. “These first two installments offered the student body a chance to not only hear Couleé's and Davis's personal stories, but to gain an understanding of queer thought and evolution in a free form, face to face, safe environment.” Mister Junior and Red Hot Annie will present the third and final workshop—Burlesque: History and Politics of Production— on Friday, April 25, at 4:15 p.m. in the LeRoy Neiman Center.