Our past performers:
Aggy Dune // Event Hostess
Celebrity jet-setter and socialite Aggy Dune has been entertaining the nation her whole life. Currently, her performances with BigWigs, a Caberet style impersonation troop, bring to the stage the illusions of Cher, Celine, Lady Gaga, Reba, Barbara, Judy, Liza, P!nk and Marilyn.
In addtion to being the official hostess for her favorite non-profit oraganization Dare2Care, Aggy hosts a multitude of …events, including teh American Heart Association fundraiser, corporate events and even the occasional bar and bat mitzvah.
Aggy was also featured in the VH1 drag-umentary “Boys will be Girls”.
She is the Duchess of drag, the mistress of the main stage and the Queen of Candy Land. Aggy is the girl next door who has a dream.
Talent, authenticity, and personality are words used to describe the rising fashion talent Joshua McKinley. Educated at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology and Florence, Italy’s Polimoda, its clear McKinley is motivated to create design that has an ability to be audible without conversation. McKinley focuses the brand by experimenting with classic cuts in innovative high-tech fabrics while infamously being known for a “more in better” aesthetic.
Runner-up of the Emmy-nominated ninth season of Project Runway and final four of Project Runway All-stars 2, McKinley’s flawless passion for all things that shine is unrivaled. McKinley continues to focus on his signature menswear collections, while building a baby line and this fall Joshua McKinley is launching a capsule collection of dresses and gowns. Through bedazzling his brand, McKinley hopes his work helps to inspire others to follow their dreams and never give up!
As a finalist in Season 2 of X Factor, Jason Brock is known for his unique and powerful voice along with his “over the top” stage presence and performance style. Known for his famous rendition of “New York State of Mind”, Jason is also a television, film and stage star. He recently starred in the film “Love is not Enough”, which showcased at Frameline Film Festival, and in “hedwig and the Angry Inch” at Boxcar Theater.
An Oberlin Conservatory graduate, Joan Ellison made her Cleveland Pops Orchestra debut in 2005 opposite Broadway baritone William Michals in “To Broadway with Love”, and has mad several return appearances with the Pops since then, as well as with the Erie Philharmonic. Recent theatrical roles inclue Julie in “Carousel”, Nellie in “South Pacific”, Lizzie in “110 in the Shade” among many more. With the troupe Circa 1939, she performs and creates retro-radio style concerts celebrating classic American popular songs, including “A Date With Judy! The Songs of Young Judy Garland” and “Gershwin On the Air”. By day, she is adjunct professor of voice in Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory’s music theater program, Teacher of Popular Voice at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and a guest artist with Case Western Reserve/Cleveland Play House M.F.A. Acting Program. Joan is a member of Actors’ Equity Association and her debut CD, A Date with Judy!, is available on iTunes, with a release of a Gershwin album slated for summer of 2013.
Georgey Payne has been playing guitar since she was 6 years old and writing songs since she was 11. Saying that she loves being a songwriter and a musician would be an understatement; as well as leading all girl folk/rock band Greymatter, Georgey collaborates with other artists, and has recently made a return to working as a solo artist alongside the band.
Her band Greymatter was formed in 2004 when Georgey decided to go from working with friend Emma to writing for a full band. Georgey writes the songs, sings, and plays guitar and piano, and to date has written and recorded 3 albums and 1 EP with the band, with worldwide sales. Greymatter have toured all over the UK, France, Germany and Greece, from groovy intimate venues in Paris to entertaining a packed Trafalgar Square in the heart of London. The band are well known for Georgey’s beautiful heart-felt ballads with memorable lyrics about love, heartache, yearning, and passion but can also get you on your feet with pulse racing rockier tunes demonstrating a diverse and exciting sound. Greymatter are well known for the stunning vocal harmonies that Georgey and Emma weave through the songs.
In 2011, Georgey wrote the words and music to the LGBT charity song ‘It Does Get Better’. Probably her biggest collaboration to date, Georgey managed to convince 16 other artists to join her under the banner of ‘The L Project’ to record the track in Dean Street Studios, London. The song rose to number 11 in the official UK independent charts, was top of the iTunes and Amazon charts for 8 days and charted in 4 different countries. All proceeds, including royalties, are donated to Stonewall and Diversity Role Models to help prevent LGBT bullying in schools. The L Project has won 3 awards with one of them for outstanding contribution to the LGBT community, and continues to gain support through Georgey’s hard work and that of her project partner, Sofia Antonia Milone, who both worked tirelessly over last Summer with an army of Facebook fans on a campaign which saw the song played – live or recorded – at 47 Pride events throughout the UK and beyond.
Georgey is never far from her guitar, and 2013 will see the release of Georgey’s first solo EP, eagerly anticipated by a loyal following of fans.
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Also an accomplished and prolific songwriter and musician, Sofia has for many years written for and toured with the UK punk/pop band GeEkgiRL, of which she was lead singer, guitarist and pianist. With a very eclectic but always angsty sound, the band supported many random but big names in their time, including The Gossip, David McAlmont, and Charlotte Church.
When the band stopped touring, she turned her hand back to writing, this time as a novelist. Her first book “The Age of Aquarius” is a romantic novella set on the sixties New York art scene, and was released in 2011 by Torquere Press. It is the first of a series from the authors of Sapphic Planet of which she is a member.
Her other passion is illustration and design. Her artwork in various forms can be found all over the internet. You can follow all of Sofia’s various music, art and writing projects via her facebook page: www.facebook.com/samilone.
Kevin D. Marr II
A mentor, performer, choreographer, and director Mr. Marr is the Director to Cleveland Metropolitan School Districts All-City Dance Ensemble; as well an employee of Cleveland Metropolitan School District. . His most recent accomplishments that he performed and choreographed for include The Karamu House Black Nativity (2012), A Son Is Given at The Hannah Theater (2012). Directed and work his show at Cleveland Public Theater “An Unforgotten Memory”: A Story Unfolded (2013) for their Big Box series. Kevin has also performed or directed in multiple venues including: Play House Square, The Hannah Theater at Playhouse Square, PBS Kids/WVIZ Ideal Center, Cleveland Public Theater, Cleveland Playhouse, Cleveland Orchestra, Karamu House, Case Western Reserve University, and Cleveland State University.
Kevin is always excited to be a part of any new performances and opportunities. Never allowing his craft get in the way of its purpose, Kevin commits himself to give back through his work. With this in mind, Kevin created MaDuece Dance Co., an organization whose mission is to support, inspire, motivate and encourage communities with arts based programming and projects, such as theatrical productions, master workshops and community outreach programs to build up the Arts Community within Cuyahoga County and abroad. MaDuece Dance Co. is focused on raising conscious awareness of social issues through traditional and non-traditional collaboration through arts infused education and development. MaDuece Dance Co. engages the minds, bodies and soul of the individual into creating and sharing experiences through all art forms.