Drag Artist in Residence Program
Rainbow’s Drag Artist In Residence Shortlist Announced.
Rainbow Resource Centre is proud to announce the short-list for our inaugural Drag Artist in Residence. From 10 exceptional applicants, representing diverse styles of drag, demographics, and experience levels, the task of selection was no small feat for the committee. The competition was fierce; however, after meticulous deliberation, they reached a unanimous decision on these three outstanding artists: Deb From Winnipeg, Dirt, and Ruby Chopstix.
The Drag artist selected for the residency will have the opportunity to delve deeper into their artistic journey, refine their craft, and engage with community. The artist will not only entertain but also educate, sharing the stories of their unique experiences and the vital role that Drag plays in their lives. The artist-in-residence will work closely with our dedicated team to create art, and to curate performances and events that engage with our community. These interactions will foster dialogue, promote understanding, and encourage people to embrace their own unique identities.
“Rainbow Resource Centre’s Drag Artist in Residence program is a great opportunity for local Drag Artists to grow, showcase their talent and explore their creativity. It’s also a great platform to showcase local Drag and celebrate the art we create,” says Anita Stallion
From here the Short-Listed artists will undergo rigorous in-person interviews with our selection committee. In January 2024 Rainbow Resource Centre will announce who will be our inaugural Drag Artists in Residence at public celebration where you’ll meet the final nominees, enjoy fabulous performances, and be among the first to learn who will represent Rainbow Resource Centre as our inaugural Drag Artist in Residence.
Inaugural Drag Artist in Residence Short List:
Deb From Winnipeg
Meet Deb From Winnipeg, a rising star in the drag scene with two years of captivating performances under her belt. Deb represents the myriad possibilities that exist within the spectrum of identity. In a delightful blend of self-reflection and whimsy, Deb emerges as a character that embraces the pretty and dumb aspects of life without the need for exhaustive analysis. Deb exudes campy charm and boasts an ever-evolving style that mirrors her journey of self-discovery. As the quirky girl still finding herself, Deb thrives in her shameless empowerment. Deb From Winnipeg is a refreshing and empowering presence, ready to leave her mark as part of the Drag Artist in Residence program at Rainbow.
Introducing Dirt! Standing proudly at 5'2, this high-energy, high-concept goblin is a true short king. Embracing a Drag style characterized as sincerely idiotic, Dirt gravitates towards comedy and absurdism infused with classic camp and Gen Z sensibilities. Always emanating from a place of genuine joy and emotion, Dirt breaks free from traditional masculinity, Dirt's Drag revels in bold and vibrant colors, soft shapes, and flowy fabrics, occasionally transcending into the realms of the monstrous and creature-like through prosthetics, teeth, contacts, and even blood. Known for skillfully balancing pretentious intellectualism with authentic emotion and comedic hijinks, Dirt brings a unique and captivating presence to the stage.
Meet Ruby Chopstix, a dynamic force in the drag scene for five years. Serving as a love letter to their younger self and fellow queer Asians or BIPOC, Ruby is the embodiment of Vietnamese heritage and the iconic styles of pop legends like Janet Jackson and Beyoncé. As the Asian Pop Princess, Ruby's aesthetic seamlessly fuses Vietnamese culture with the glamour of 90s and 2000s pop stars. Beyond the powerful message, Ruby brings humor to their performances, showcasing a joyful celebration of identity. Ruby Chopstix is a symbol of empowerment and representation for the queer Asian and BIPOC community.