Armitage Shanks, The Carny Preacher aka Dave Crellin.
Tickled pink elephants to be back onstage, playing with my Moisture Festival family, in what I think is my 13 year onstage! I have also had the wonderful opportunity to serve as part of the production/booking team for the last 5 years. this year, I am cheering the production team on from the sidelines, as I am down in Santa Cruz, CA, earning my Master’s Degree in Theatre Direction at UCSC. I’m learning from some incredible artists and theorists, and the sunsets ain’t bad either! I look forward to creating from these newly minted vantage points.
Background bits for those that don’t know me- I work around the world as a cabaret performer, director and educator; I was the co-founder & ringmaster of Circus Contraption; The writer and director of Storyville Rising at Seattle Immersive Theatre; Director for the NY, Off-Broadway production of “Squirm Burpee, A Vaudevillian Melodrama” by The Handsome Little Devils; Starred as “Johnny Valentine” in the feature film “Burlesque Assassins”; I was the lead singer of the alternative rock/performance group “Phineas Gage” and I was the artistic director of On The Hiyu, an historic WA state ferry, re-imagined as a floating entertainment venue.
When I’m not making or teaching art, I’m usually traveling, adventuring, reading, engaging in my passion for being in the water (scuba diving, crew, competitive sailing, surfing, outrigger canoe) and spending time with my wife Colleen and our son Aidan.