The "Just a Touch" Program
In order of appearance
The Alien Deity of Chicago, Luc Ami (he/they) is a genderqueer alien trying to make it in the human world. He hosts Chicago's open stage drag show, Queeriod, every Sunday at Charlie's Bar and can also be found performing and hosting all across the US.
Performed by Jean Wildest (he/they)
Jean Wildest is a multidisciplinary performance artist who blends dance, burlesque, and circus into engaging movement patterns with heartfelt storytelling. They started their career as a self-taught hip hop and modern dancer, but their work evolved when they fell into Chicago’s burlesque community and then the counterculture elements of drag, circus, and the “unpalatable” sections of performance art.
Shopping for Parts / A Transition
Performed by Lupita Lovely (any pronouns) and Male Spice (any pronouns).
A himbo on the edge, Lupita Lovely is a mover and instructor of any dance form that bleeds into performance. They currently teach at Tiger Lily Fitness and Tease Pole & Aerial Fitness.
Male Spice is the 6th member of the best-selling girl group The Spice Girls (until she was kicked out for being unpolished). They host Queeriod, Chicago open stage drag show at Charlie's Bar.
Founded by Dawn Xiana Moon (she/her), Raks Inferno (a Raks Geek project) showcases the talents of bellydancers and object manipulators who are each stars in their own right: They've performed everywhere from the UK to Argentina and dance for hundreds of people every week. Company members for today's show include Kamrah, who has taught and performed at Tribal Fest (the largest fusion bellydance festival in the world); Lee Na-Moo, winner of the 2010 Chicago Oriental Dance Competition and member of modern/contemporary company Joel Hall Dancers; and director Dawn Xiana Moon, who was named "Best Stage Performer" (twice) and "Best Dancer" (twice) by the Chicago Reader - and recently performed on Britain's Got Talent. Raks Geek was formed in 2012. RaksInferno.com
Madie (she/her) and Katie (she/her) are a multidisciplinary clown duo. The two began clowning around at Actors Gymnasium, where they both graduated from the Professional Training Program. You can find these two tumbling, juggling, and climbing all over Chicago's circus stages.
Juju Minxxx (they/them) is Chicago's fat pussy dad and an incomparable emcee. They recently competed in the reality tv show Hot Haus to become the nation's next queer sex symbol. They're taking Chicago stages by storm this pride season. Follow @jujulandpresents on instagram to catch all of their upcoming appearances.
Sad Clowns :0(
Sad Clowns :0( is a drag duo formed by the sick and twisted minds of Mercy Me Girl (she/her) and Lezbian Minnelli (she/her). Mercy is a menace, a monster, but most of all, absolutely adorable! And Lez is a burlesque bitch with a flair for the dramatic. Find them on Instagram at @mercy_me_girl and @lezbianminnelli.
Formed in 2020, Such Creatures supports the collective investigations of Ashaand Simone (they/he) and Luke Greeff (he/ze/they) two Trans & Gender Non-conforming movement artists invested in the exploration of inherent energetic systems, expanding the narrative surrounding queer and neurodivergent movement in the process. Such Creatures employs a broad spectrum of movement (including contemporary dance, acrobatics, and aerial arts) in the interest of finding various extensions of the self, presented to audiences in multidisciplinary experiences with a commitment to both mental and physical accessibility and safety. The work of Such Creatures can be defined by the phrase: “Trans Audacity.”
Just a Touch
Performed by Madie Doppelt (she/her), Jacinda Ratcliffe (she/her) and Jean Wildest (he/they).
Madie Doppelt is a graduate of The Theatre School at DePaul University, as well as an alum of Actors Gym’s beloved Teen Ensemble and Professional Circus Training Program. She has interned with The Neo-Futurists and Lookingglass Theatre, and is the current Associate Artistic Director of The Actors Gymnasium.
A 2021 recipient of the Make A Wave Grant through 3Arts, Ratcliffe is an actor, dancer, choreographer, and model based in Chicago. She graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. in Dance and Psychology. Upon graduating, she trained on scholarship at Lou Conte Dance Studio under Claire Bataille, and has received additional training through intensives at The Washington School of Ballet, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.
See "Pynk" for Jean's bio.
"Just a Touch" Collaborators
Listed by role
Madie Doppelt (she/her) - Performer
Lee Na-Moo (he/him) - Performer
Jacinda Ratcliffe (she/her) - Performer
Erica Reid (she/her) - Mentor / Dance Direction
Britt Anderson (they/she) - Mentor / Theater Direction
Bun Stout (they/them) - Costume Designer
Liam Bradley (they/them) - Movement Coach
Anna Hermanson (they/them) - Movement Devising (Partner Acrobatics)
Jess Genito (she/they) - Photographer
Dusty Bahls (he/they) - Videographer
Naughty Natanya (she/her) - First Engagement House Manager
Wild (all pronouns) - First Engagement Sound Operator
TRQPiTECA (DJ duo) - Final Engagement DJ and Sound Operator
Steve Rashid (he/him) "Just a Touch" Sound Editor