Busy Beaver


Busy Beaver has stage managed more nerd-themed burlesque shows than any other working SM in Chicago [citation needed]. She has also worked with The New Colony, A Red Orchid Theatre, Chicago Commercial Collective, and the Chicago Fringe Festival. She is currently the Business Manager for Stage Left Theatre.  She knits and watches a lot of Star Trek: DS9, which is the strongest series of the franchise. I know. You’re thinking it’s TNG, but you’re mistaken. We can talk about it sometime, if you like.

She produces and hosts a bi-weekly podcast about the thoughtful and progressive work of women in Chicago theatre.  Check it out at www.spielchicago.com.

To see all of the handmade stuff she raffles off at the monthly cabarets, go here.


Plan 9 Questionnaire 

  • How did you get started in Burlesque and Plan 9? 

Three months after I moved to Chicago, I saw that a Star Trek Themed burlesque show needed an SM and I had never been more sure about anything in my life.  That show introduced me to the amazingly talented people who would become my friends, co-producers and accomplices in Plan 9 for years to come.

  • Is there a story behind your burlesque name? 

It reflects both my professional demeanor and my affinity for outdated genitalia slang.

  • What is your favorite number? 

I was only ever in one cold open sketch as an emergency fill-in.  I crab walked across the stage and stared dead-eyed at the audience as I took of my dress.  I have not been asked to perform again.

  • If you could be any fictional character who would you be and why?

Captain Kathryn Janeway.  #Imwithher

  • What’s one thing people may be surprised to learn about you?

I’m left handed. #toptenpercent

  • Where else can people find your work?

I am a contributing writer at perform.ink and I host a bi-weekly podcast called Spiel Chicago exploring the progressive and thoughtful work of women in Chicago Theatre.


Lightning Round

  • Trek vs Wars

Trek, because sci-fi > space western.  DS9 all the way.

  • DC vs Marvel

I only read comics people put in my hands?

  • Harry Potter vs Twilight

Harry Potter is literature.

  • Doctor Who vs James Bond

But like, what if James Bond is a Time Lord?

  • What is your dream nerdlesque number?

All nine Justices of The Supreme Court of the United States enter the stage to the tune of “Bring It All Back” by S Club 7 and perform something between a talent show ensemble performance and a high school musical number.  At the end, they form a Brady Bunch-like 3x3 square of nudity.  Audience weeps. We win many awards.