OUR PERFORMERS 

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Anaïs St. John

Elegant and seductive, Anaïs St. John is a singer whose daunting stage presence sends sensual shivers up the spines of audiences in venues both intimate and grand. A native New Orleanian and daughter of jazz alto saxaphonist Marion Brown, this Creole songstress is a seasoned performer deft at jazz, opera and musical theater. With a master's degree in vocal performance and years of experience as a music educator, Anaïs challenges her audience to sit up and take notice. Influenced by a wide variety of musical genres, Ms. St. John sets herself apart with a boundless hunger to use lyric, harmony and vocal power to weave a spell around audiences.

Her operatic and theatrical training is evident as she sings and purrs through a myriad of moods and vocal styles. In keeping with a classic cabaret tradition, she sprinkles her tunes with a bit of naughty and a whole lot of spice. As voracious as she is versatile, Anaïs continues to expand her musical repertoire.

Anaïs received a nomination for a Big Easy Award for her 2010 cabaret tribute, A Purrfect Evening… The Songs of Eartha Kitt. Named one of New Orleans Magazine's "People to Watch," she has also been honored by Gambit Weekly with its coveted L'Image award.

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MC Sweet Tea

MC Sweet Tea has been blending rap music and Performance Art in New Orleans since 2001. Previously, her writing and performance work culminated in the 2001 feature film Waking Life. Although washed out by Hurricane Katrina, her 2005 release, Story, remains a local underground classic. In 2010, she returned to create Animal Ball, a fairy tale hip hopera at Preservation Hall and Vodoo Fest. Before permanently returning to New Orleans in 2016, she formed and recorded the band, MC Sweet Tea And the Head Band, in Austin, Tx. Currently, she writes, records and creates site specific performances with her troupe, MC Sweet Tea and da Tastee Hotz and fronts the dance punk band Malevitus.

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Dayna Kurtz

Over the past decade, the New Jersey born, now New Orleans resident vocalist/writer/musician/producer has been bestowed with many awards and praises, including being named the Female Songwriter of the Year by the National Academy of Songwriters. Norah Jones and Bonnie Raitt have raved about her in interviews, and she has performed on such high-profile radio shows as World Cafe, Mountain Stage and NPR's Morning Edition and Tell Me More. She's toured as opener for the likes of Elvis Costello, Richard Thompson, Mavis Staples, Rufus Wainwright, B.B. King, Dr. John, Richie Havens, Keren Ann, and the Blind Boys of Alabama.

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Reese Johanson

Reese Johanson is a producer, performing artist, writer, philanthropist and party girl. She has collaborated with musicians, performers, producers and filmmakers, writing, choreographing and performing in co-produced shows including Susan Millar Boldissar, Bremner Duthie, Ann Glaviano, Daneeta Jackson, Nari Tomessetti among others. She is a featured columnist with New Orleans’ Art + Design magazine. She was a teaching artist with KIDsmART and Upturn Arts. Most recently she founded the an arts and culture center, The Art Klub in the St. Roch neighborhood of the 8th Ward in New Orleans.

Reese Johanson graduated from the National Shakespeare Conservatory NYC, she was inspired by Joan Evans Techniques in physical theatre. In Boston she co-founded a performance series Open Faucet. In New Orleans she started an event company, Party Girl Productions, managing countless events with museums, galleries, nightclubs, hotels, newspapers, and private residents. She was a featured show host for www.nola.com, a columnist for Scat Magazine, and founded the arts non profit, Artist Inc. She was a company member of Chard Gonzalez Dance Theatre for 5 years. In San Francisco she workshopped with Mary Overly, practicing “6 Viewpoints. In 2012 Reese Johanson Collective emerged producing, UNROUTE, and award nominated shows, Flashback and THEY DON’T EAT CORN HERE, and many many more.

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Harry Mayronne

Harry Mayronne has recently been Musical Director at WWII Museum’s Stage Door Canteen. Piano engagements include Effervescence, Buffa’s, Little Gem Saloon, American Sector Restaurant, and both Caroling in the Square and Revellion on the Ridge. He also builds and performs with marionettes. His work can be seen at Creason’s Fine Art in the French Quarter. As a puppeteer he has been seen at Berliner Ensemble as well as many local clubs. His marionettes have also appeared on “Steppin’ Out” on WYES TV.

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Emmalee Sutton

Emmalee Sutton began studying dance at the age of 5 in small town Alabama. From adolescence through young adulthood, she studied a wide range of dance disciplines including ballet, jazz, tap and modern. Today, she continues her dance education whenever and wherever possible, through workshops, classes, formal performances and impromptu engagements. As a performer, her current practice blends free movement improvisation and modern dance technique with rhythmic tap dance and clogging. Currently, she dances with Bayou Cloggers, a traditional clogging group; and is the movement artist for the noise improvisation group Death Posture, who push creative sonic boundaries. Emmalee is also a jewelry artist, creating one of a kind pendants from ethically-sourced natural elements such as butterfly wings and snake sheddings. When she is not performing or working on her own creative endeavors, she is a full-time Dance Educator at Encore Academy, a public charter and performing arts school here in New Orleans.

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Sarah Inman

A skilled hula hooper and experienced aerialist, Sarah the Bobcat recently added synchronized swimming and bungee dancing to her skill-set. She performs on the trapeze, lyra, and fabric as a soloist and with The Mystic Ponies Aerial Troupe and can be seen regularly with Fleur de Tease and Big Deal Burlesque. Sarah’s circus career began in 1999 and includes a range of venues and events, from the swanky to the decrepit.

When Sarah’s not hula hooping or hanging upside down, she writes. Her first novel, Finishing Skills, was published by Livingston Press in 2005, and The Least Resistance (NOLAFugees Press 2010) is a satire set during the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Her latest writing can be found on her Wordpress site, sarahkinman.wordpress.com.

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Dana Embree

Dana grew up up watching old black and white movies on pubic television, and fell in love with the clothes from bygone eras. As a child, she was often seen running around the yard in a tutu and her mother’s heels, or dressing her younger brother up (in the same tutu and heels. Of course, this is normal behavior in New Orleans, but not so much in small town south carolina in the 60’s.)

She learned to sew and made her own clothes copied from 70’s rock album covers and cobbled together looks from the thrift store. She parlayed her love of history and dress up into a career now with over thirty years of experience in styling and design for theatre, film, video and television, including costume design credit on several independent films.

Dana also studied draping, patternmaking, design techniques at Fashion Institute of Technology in NY.: I reproduce historic costume and fantasy fashion for film and personal clientele.