Armitage Shanks is the performance “nom de guerre” of David Crellin. He has traveled the world for the past ten years as an international circus and cabaret MC, performer, educator and director. He was co-founder and ringmaster of the legendary Circus Contraption. In movieland, he has a starring role as “Johnny Valentine” in the feature film “The Burlesque Assassins”. He was the writer and director of Storyville Rising, an immersive theater production presented by Seattle Immersive Theatre. In addition to performing at Moisture Festival for over 10 years, he has been part of the production team for Moisture Festival’s Libertease Cabaret for the past 4 years.
Presently, David is the Artistic Director on On The Hiyu, Seattle’s Premier Floating Arts, Event & Entertainment Venue, sailing the waters of Lake Washington & Lake Union. Check out the Hiyu at- And you can stay up-to-date with Armitage at