Los Angeles, CA: Hannah Shaka is a theatre-artist, clown, and award-winning cabaret performer who will be bringing some of her signature characters and performances to several music festivals across the United States this season. DIrtybird Camp INN (Orlando, FL) and DIrtybird Campout (Modesto, CA) are both unique in the festival world for being part adult summer camp, part music festival. Along with Desert Hearts (Lake Perris, CA), they all average around 5,000 attendees each. You are also likely to catch her at Lightning In a Bottle (Buena Vista Lake, CA), which is one of the larger electronic music festivals with approximately 15,000 attendees!
Hannah Shaka has teamed up with Blakeshine, a renowned freelance Creative Producer who curates immersive theatre installations. Current productions at DIrtybird festivals include Love Birds Dating Show, a competitive gameshow that pairs singles of all genders and sexual preferences together, sends them on adventurous dates at the festival (scavenger hunt, anyone?), and brings them back the next night for the opportunity to win two tickets to Camp Inn 2023 (and be crowned DIrtybird royalty)! Hannah Shaka will be hosting as her Drag persona (as Cavallo Della Notte), alongside fellow comedy writer and performer Garrett Mendez (as Ricky Muñez) and yes, there is a backstory of falling in love with one another over a bad bowl of bolognese.
“Electronic music festivals have long been known as massive celebrations of spectacle, heavy bass, wild outfits, and long nights of dancing. However, festival producers are increasingly seeing the value of having dedicated, live performance stages for attendees who want to experience something unexpected. Whether it’s stand-up comedy, clown, gameshows, or something more dramatic, these shows create an inclusive and playful atmosphere that reverberates throughout the whole festival. The live theatrical performances really nurture a sense of community, and to me this is an essential part of art-making.” – Hannah Shaka
About Hannah Shaka
Hannah Shaka (a.k.a. Hannah Butson), is a physical theatre-maker from Western Canada. She is a co-founder of The Lost Girls burlesque troupe, with whom she has produced, performed, and toured regularly since 2013. She performed with the Screaming Chicken Theatrical Society at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekender in 2016, where they won Best Large Group and Most Comedic. Shaka received her MFA in Ensemble Based Physical Theatre in 2020 from Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre, where she was also awarded the Calgary Animated Objects Society Scholarship. She now lives in LA, where she works as a Teaching Artist for various organizations and devises theatre with other fabulously strange creators.
IG: @nitemare_burlesque / @hannah_shaka_arts
Photo credit: Jon-Christian Ashby