WAXIE MOON BIOGRAPHY
Waxie Moon has headlined burlesque festivals in Austria, Finland, Canada, Texas, New York, and Washington State. They have been seen at numerous venues throughout Seattle including Key Arena, On The Boards, The Triple Door, The Seattle Rep, ACT Theatre and The Moore Theater. Performance highlights include competing in the “best boylesque” category at The Burlesque Hall of Fame in Las Vegas, being featured in Land of the Sweets, A Burlesque Nutcracker and performing in and choreographing House of Thee Unholy #2, 3, 4 and 5. They are featured in the documentary films Waxie Moon (directed by Wes Hurley, I Ate My Eye Films) and A Wink and a Smile (directed by Deirdre Timmons, Golden Echo Films). They are on faculty at Miss Indigo Blue's Academy of Burlesque (Seattle, WA.) and have taught and lectured about burlesque worldwide. In 2010 they were nominated for a Gregory Award for Excellence in Theater in Washington State. They are also featured in a giant mural in Seattle's historic Pike Place Market.
MARC KENISON BIOGRAPHY
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Marc Kenison began his formal dance training at the Interlochen Arts Academy and went on to receive his BFA from The Juilliard School. Upon graduating, Mr. Kenison joined The Jose Limon Dance Company, with whom he danced leading roles worldwide, including tours to war-torn Sarajevo and El Salvador, and a performance at The White House for former President William Jefferson Clinton and First Lady Hilary Rodham Clinton. In 1996 he joined Tere O'Connor Dance and collaborated with Mr. O'Connor on the creation of four new dance-theater works which were toured internationally and domestically. In 2004, Mr. Kenison received his MFA in Acting from the University of Washington and Co-Founded the Washington Ensemble Theatre. At W.E.T., he worked as a co-artistic director, actor, box office and facilities manager, casting director and director of operations.
In 2006, Mr. Kenison created the burlesque personae “Waxie Moon” (a gender-blending queer lady boylesque performance-art stripping sensation). His original performance work (as Waxie Moon) has been seen at various venues throughout Seattle (including Key Arena, On The Boards, The Triple Door, The Seattle Rep, ACT Theatre and The Moore Theater), New York (including The Gramercy Theater, The Judson Church, The 92nd Street Y, and WAX), Las Vegas (The Burlesque Hall of Fame), Tokyo and Takamatsu, Japan; Helsinki, Finland; Stockholm, Sweden; Vienna, Austria and Vancouver, Edmonton and Ottawa, Canada. In 2010 he was nominated for a Gregory Award for Excellence in Theater in Washington State.
Waxie Moon is the subject of the feature-length documentary film Waxie Moon (directed by Wes Hurley, I Ate My Eye Films) which has been screened at numerous film festivals, including The Seattle Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (Audience Award), The International Queer Fruits Film Festival (Jury Prize) and CineKink (NY Audience Choice Award – Honorable Mention). He is also featured in the documentary film, A Wink and a Smile (directed by Deirdre Timmons, Golden Echo Films). Mr. Kenison also acted in, co-wrote and co-produced Waxie Moon in Fallen Jewel (directed by Wes Hurley) and is featured on the web series Capitol Hill (also directed by Mr. Hurley).
In 2009 they were voted “Best Burlesque Performer” by The Seattle Weekly (Readers Poll) and in 2014 voted one of the top 50 in Burlesque by 21st Century Burlesque. Waxie Moon is 1/3 of the pop dance trio, Dance Belt, which was voted “Seattle's Sexiest Dance Company” by The Stranger. Waxie has appeared on television (Evening Magazine, King 5, KOMO, Art Zone with Nancy Guppy), been featured on many national blogs (including The Huffington Post, Towleroad and OMG Blog), is written about in The Burlesque Handbook (by Jo Weldon, HarperCollins Publishers) and United States of Americana (by Kurt B. Reighley, HarperCollins Publishers), was profiled on NPR by Marcie Sillman (Seattle’s Waxie Moon: Burlesque Performer for a New Century) and are the larger than life subject of a giant mural at Seattle's historic Pike Place Market.
Mr. Kenison has taught performance extensively (including NYU, Rutgers University, The University of Washington, Cornish College for the Arts, American University, The Academy of Burlesque, BurlyCon and various dance and burlesque festivals worldwide). Currently Mr. Kension is an adjunct faculty member at Cornish College for the Arts, a teacher at The Academy of Burlesque (Seattle, WA.) and a certified BeMoved Dance instructor.
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