Cherry Manhattan

 Cherry Manhattan has been putting the ass back in classy as a neo-burlesque performer and producer since 2007, and is the alter-ego of acclaimed Seattle director Katjana Vadeboncoeur.  Katjana currently teaches Neo-Burlesque Theory & Performance as an Adjunct Instructor at Cornish College of the Arts, where she has taught and directed for the past ten years.  A classically trained actor and director, Katjana has the ability to bring out the unique creativity in emerging artists, and give them the direction, motivation and encouragement to own their skills and share them confidently onstage.   She holds a degree from the University of California at Irvine, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude, and has taught actors at UW, Cornish, Seattle Center Academy, the Northwest School, Pierce Community College, and was a resident instructor and staff member at Seattle Shakespeare Company.   Katjana was a Co-Artistic Director at Washington Ensemble Theater (2006-10) , where she received a Seattle Times Footlight Award for Best Off-Broadway Production.  She recently co-produced, directed and starred in the Seattle Premiere of the 1950's lesbian-pulp cult hit  Beebo Brinker Chronicles including sold out shows at Re-bar and ACT Theater's Central Heating Lab, and created and co-produced the acclaimed  'burlexpose' The Beyond Real Human Female at Theater Off-Jackson, as part of SPF: Solo Performance Festival. Cherry has performed burlesque at venues all over Seattle, including ACT, On the Boards, Triple Door, the Can Can, Re-bar, the Seattle Erotic Arts Festival, Teatro Zinzanni and Bumbershoot.  Katjana is an Associate Member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.

 
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