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 served as 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 podcast exploring progressive and feminist work in Chicago Theatre.  Check it out at www.spielchicago.com.


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It reflects both my professional demeanor and my affinity for outdated genitalia slang.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

  • 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 produce and host Spiel Chicago, a podcast exploring progressive and feminist work 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

Happy Potter.

  • 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.