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Jo Weldon

Headmistress of The New York School of Burlesque

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Burlesque Act Development

with Dr. Lucky, PhD!

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About Persona & Act DevelopmentAbout Dr. Lucky, PhD

Persona & Act Development

Dr. Lucky photographed by Lynette Astaire for Bust Magazine

Saturdays, 5-7 pm, 440 Lafayette
Classes 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29.
Privates 4/6/14 (included in registration)
Performance 4/13/14 @ The Slipper Room
Tuition: $250
at 440 Lafayette Street, NYC
Register now
Be sure to read and understant our payment policies before registering.:
$250 paid in full now, OR payment plan of $150 now, $125 later (total $275).

This series has been postponed due to circumstances beyond our control. Please stay on our email list to be notified the next time we present Dr. Lucky's Act Development!

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"Dr. Lucky made learning FUN."

Perfect for beginners!

Lucky says, "Each class uses a combination of improvisational exercises, children’s games, clowning and buffoon techniques, writing prompts, acting exercises, and individual and group work. I want class to be fun and freeing and liberating, like playtime for grownups. Once we learn to inhabit that moment of complete presence, connection, and joy, then we can transfer that to the stage. I 'borrow' from everywhere, and class flies by as we go through a series of exercises designed to cumulatively accomplish the topic for the day."

What do drag queens and clowns (good ones at least) have in common? They are able to pull off their characters by creating and sustaining believable (or unbelievable) stage personae. The stage persona can be anything from an extension of self to a fantastic flaming creature and finding your inner queen is an eff ective way to connect with the audience and tell a story. Through improvisation exercises, writing prompts, and movement activities, this workshop will provide a framework, techniques, and the creative space to begin (or continue) the process of birthing and developing a flamboyant stage persona.

Students on Dr. Lucky: "She was enlightening. Her command of the class and the information was amazing. She was inspirational."
"One of the most fun and productive workshops I've taken in my already long life."

About Dr. Lucky

Dr. Lucky has given lectures and taught practicum workshops at New York University, CUNY, MICA, Burlesque Hall of Fame (formerly Miss Exotic World), The New York School of Burlesque, Movement Research, City Paper (Washington, DC), BurlyCon, Toronto Burlesque Festival, Southwest Burlesque Showcase, Palace of Wonders, Performance Studies International, Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, North East Popular Culture Association, and the Carnal Knowledge Conference, among others. In 2011, Dr. Lucky's West Coast Teaching Tour brought her to Victoria, Seattle, Portland, and San Francisco.

Dr. Lucky is a seasoned performer, producer and educator. Over the past 10 years, Lucky has carved a space for herself with her unique comedic timing and over-the-top theatricality. She has been hailed a "big, bad, bold drag queen" by Bust magazine and has been featured on NPR's Morning Edition, NY1,, Washington Post, among others. Though a huge fan of hyperbole, the prefix to her name is the one "real" thing about her: she is the only burlesque performer in the world with a PhD. For the past five years, she has taught unsuspecting drama students at New York University how to twirl tassels and think critically about burlesque. She is also a faculty member at the New York School of Burlesque and has taught burlesque at BurlyCon, CUNY, Burlesque Hall of Fame, Movement Research, and the Palace of Wonders, among others.

Student testimonials:

"She made learning FUN."

"She was enlightening. Her command of the class and the information was amazing. She was inspirational."

"One of the most fun and productive workshops I've taken in my already long life."

"This class absolutely exceeded my expectations."

"The instructor was fantastic! Amazing ability to provide specific and hugely effective pointers/tips/feedback."

"This was the most fucking fun I've ever had! I love Lucky!"

The calendar below is constantly being updated.


You may cancel for a full refund before March 21.
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Classes often sell out, so if you plan to register with a friend be sure to register both of you at the same time to ensure you both get into the series.