Armitage Shanks, The Carny Preacher (aka David Crellin)
Grateful to be back at the Moisture Festival…for my 14th year! What a long, strange trip it’s been. From the early days of the festival performing with Circus Contraption, then emceeing at Hale’s and Broadway Performance Hall, to being part of the lovelies on the production/booking team, and serving as a member of the group working on increasing diversity, equity and inclusion at the festival, pressing the “play” button again after 2 years on a pandemic pause reminds me of how important the Moisture Festival is to me, my fellow performers, the audiences, our community, and to the legacy of vaudeville, circus, and cabaret. I have been mostly away from Seattle since early 2020, using the time to make art, and acquire a master’s degree and an MFA down in California at UC Santa Cruz, so being back for the festival feels like a homecoming of sorts. Big love to all the MF crew that has kept the flame alive during this challenging time. And a big, wet circus kiss (from a 6ft. distance!) to our incredible Moisture Festival audiences- Can’t wait to see you at Hale’s Palladium!