The Art of Drag
March 11, 2021
8:00 – 9:00p
The history and art of drag is long and intertwined with LGBTQ+ history, and has roots beyond the LGBTQ+ experience from Greek Tragedies to Shakespeare. In Connecticut, drag has an incredible past, and present, from the Hartford ballroom scene to the drag cabarets like the Polo Club and Bird House at Gotham, from being a safe space for the trangender community to taking on the stages of Connecitcut’s most prominent performance venues.
Join us for a special conversation with Connecticut drag artists about their craft, what it means to create through drag, and learn more about their own personal journey.
This panel is presented in partnership with Yale Cabaret.
Conversation will feature perspectives from drag artists Kirshorn / Sparkle A. Diamond, Miles / Ray Decorazón, and Tim / Loosey LaDuca. The conversation will be moderated by drag artist and Center Executive Director Patrick Dunn / Kiki Lucia.
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About Our Speakers
Sparkle A. Diamond – Speaker
Sparkle (she/her) was created in May 2006 by Kishorn C Henry-Walker while residing in Baltimore, MD. Sparkle, or Sparky, as her friends call her, lives by the motto, “leave a little Sparkle everywhere you go”. Sparkle hails originally from St. Thomas, United States Virgin Islands. She has dabbled in the arts here and there but most of her performance art training took place during her childhood as a trained trombonist and her strong participation in steel pan ensembles. Her love for music and performing also came from her very active participation in Caribbean carnival events . . . something she often likes to call feteing!
Sparkle’s first career as a Human Resources Management professional has required her to move a few times over the past few years. She has resided in cities such as Baltimore/Washington DC, Philadelphia, New York City, and New Haven.
Over the years, Sparkle has held a few titles including the coveted Ms. East Coast International Newcomer, Ms. Leons, and Queen of Pride of Baltimore. This has afforded opportunities for her to perform her art in various venues along the east coast but always takes pride in Baltimore as her “drag home”. She has been casted in different venues such as Philadelphia’s oldest drag show at the legendary Bob and Barbara’s lounge, and the gone but not forgotten Hippo Bar in Baltimore, just to name a few.
Sparkle currently resides in Bridgeport, CT with husband, Aharon, and family. She has performed in many venues in and around CT, and currently is a cast member of the Lipstick, Lashes and Lies drag show at Comix Roadhouse – Mohegan Sun Casino. In her spare time she enjoys gardening, sewing/costume-making, small home improvement projects, traveling, entertaining friends, cooking delicious meals and makeup artistry…just to name a few! Sparkle’s advice to the rest of the world is to always 1. Seek to understand, 2. LIVE, you may regret it later in life or you may not even live to tell the tale!
Ray Decorazón – Speaker
Bio coming soon.
Loosey LaDuca – Speaker
Bio coming soon.
Kiki Lucia – Moderator
Kiki (she/her) is a New Haven, CT-based drag performance artist with a vast training and performance background that includes numerous disciplines: classical ballet, aerial acrobatics, music theatre, modern dance, and acting. She also has a strong background in theatre production, directing, and costume and production design, and producing as well.
She regularly performs throughout Connecticut as well as appears at events in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New York. Some notable roles she has played includes Sarah Sanderson in Hocus Pocus Live (Summer Orlando Productions), Roxie Hart in Chicago (Summer Orlando Productions), and as a featured performer in 3 different productions of Escapade: An Unusual Experience (Luis Antonio Productions)!
Prior to the pandemic, her show Let’s Have a Kiki had regular performances at Partners Café in New Haven, Trevi Lounge in Fairfield, and the Chez Est in Hartford. Let’s Have a Kiki features a variety of regional drag performers and burlesque artists and celebrated its 50th show in August 2019. She was also a cast member in Ladies of Illusion and a regular guest artist of the Robin Banks Show at 168 York Street Cafe in New Haven and Lipstick, Lashes and Lies at Comix Roadhouse, Mohegan Sun.
When not performing, Kiki uses her experience as a non-profit and fundraising professional to raise awareness and funds for many LGBTQ+ organizations and causes, and serves as a member of the Imperial Sovereign Court of All Connecticut, Inc, where she hold the title of Monarch 20.