Cast and Crew Bios - Shocktoberfest 15: The Bloody Debutante

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Andy Wenger (Writer - DEATHWRITE; Jules in TARR;  Andrew in DEATHWRITE) is a director/writer/performer and co-founder of Hampants Productions. He invented the popular series NAKED DUDES READ H.P. LOVECRAFT, and has written and directed 3 original shows (THE WRONG DICK, R.I.F, THE SAFE WAY,) and is currently directing an adaptation of BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA at the Great Star Theatre in SF’s Chinatown this December with Hole in the Head film festival. He lives in SF’ Mission District with an obnoxious cat named Frankenstein.

Birdie-Bob Watt (Rene in TAXIDERMIST; Other in TARR, Mother & Cultist in DEBUTANTE) is a gadabout town and has been on the local scene for many years, performing in numerous San Francisco nightclubs, restaurants & theatres. Birdie has been waitress at various cafes (winning Best of the Bay Hostess in 1997), a disco denizen in many venues (Klubstitute, Nightclub Confidential, Trannyshack), and some of her memorable stage roles include Mary Haines in Jungle Red, Eve Harrington in Eve, and Christina in Christmas with the Crawfords, (all with Artfull Circle Theater). In 2009, The Bird joined the Thrillpeddlers during its first run of Pearls Over Shanghai and since then has been a kingpin with the company, appearing in Hot Greeks, Vice Palace, Tinsel Tarts In A Hot Coma, and two Shocktoberfests; Kiss Of Blood and Fear Over Frisco as well as the 2014 re-revival of Pearls Over Shanghai.

Bruna Palmeiro (Madeleine in TARR;  Balladeer and Cultist in DEBUTANTE) was born and raised until age sixteen in the south of Brazil. Fascinated by the San Franciscan culture, Bruna, not surprisingly, fell in love fast and hard with the blood squirting, glitter ingesting talented and gender bending family: The Thrillpeddlers and Cockettes. Bruna grew up around theatre, carving her way through several different plays, including live classic horror film parodies, greek tragedies, children's fantasy acts, improvisational pieces, classic theatre, popular poignant feminist shows and more recently, the Cockettes vaudevillian drag musical extravaganza, Tinsel Tarts in a Hot Coma. Shocktoberfest 14 was an extremely exciting experience for Bruna, for there's something about Grand Guignol that sets her soul on fire.

Damien Chacona (Writer - DEATHWRITE; De Kock in TARR;  Harold in DEATHWRITE)is co-founder of Ham Pants Productions, and has spent the past decade acting, singing, and building various things in theaters throughout San Francisco. You can watch some of them on youtube or at You can see examples of his design and logowork at You can find him on Facebook. And you can believe that Damien is not named after Damien from “The Omen.” Damien is named after Father Damien from “The Exorcist.” This is true.

Diogo Zavadzki (The Wrestler in INDUCTION; Other in TARR, Cultist in DEBUTANTE)is an actor, performer, singer, guitarist, songwriter and dancer. Born May 8, 1984, in Curitiba, Brazil. Started performing at the age of 5 when he started doing folk dancing in South Brazil. At the age of fifteen he started getting involved with ballroom dance and practicing the guitar often spending ten hours a day practicing before eventually joining bands where he found his passion for singing. He started Law School at the age of 19 but 5 years later he realized he couldn’t stay away from his art, even if he tied; a friend got him interested in theater classes and within a month he he became involved in a local theatre and hasn’t looked back for 9 years. Working with many companies in so many productions and now working with Mr. Russell Blackwood and The Thrilpeddlers. He feels that it is a great honor to be working with Grand Guignol playing a lunatic, as Mr. Blackwood himself would say "it's right down your alley, right?"  Hell yeah! ;)

Earl Paus (The Oldest Living Member in TAXIDERMIST; Brad in DEBUTANTE) Recent Graduate from SFSU with a BA in Drama focusing on physical theatre.  Earl Alfred just came back from a New York tour KEEPING THE TIGERS AWAY as a folklore storytelling dancer with Original Cockette Rumi Missabu. He performed at the Judson Memorial Church in Manhattan, and debuted his work as a performance artist (Koy) for The Bureau of General Services grand opening gala at The Center in Manhattan.  In San Francisco, he has worked with Carlos Baron’s annual Dia de los Muertos street theatre to fight against gentrification in the mission as Frida Kahlo, 99 Stock Productions stage adaptation of Jim Morrison’s screenplay HITCHER where he played Clown Boy who danced for the moon, the San Francisco Mime Troupe and their Youth Theatre Project teaching youth physical improv and stock characters of Commedia dell'arte and has taught mask movement at the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre. Earl Alfred first performed with Thrillpeddlers on their most recent revival of PEARLS OVER SHANGHAI and is a finalist in the Theatre Bay Area Awards for his role as Chop Chop. Earl Alfred has been discovering his path to spiritual forms of cultural dance and with that, plans on devising political and social forms of physical theatre. Stoked to be a part of Thrillpeddlers he has finally found a place as strange as he is.

Hayley Nystrom (Audrey in TAXIDERMIST, Eugenie in TARR; Balladeer and Cultist in DEBUTANTE); Balladeer and Cultist in DEATHWRITE) is delighted to be back with the Thrillpeddlers after playing Dolores Douche (aka the Pink Whore) in Pearls Over Shanghai.  Other past roles include Renee (Vampire Lesbians of Sodom), Fauna (Sleeping Beauty or Coma), Margaret (Much Ado About Nothing), Maggie (Lend Me a Tenor), Marty (Grease), and Chloe/Liza (Gay Bride of Frankenstein).  You can hear Hayley on the cast recordings of Pearls and Gay Bride.  After Shocktoberfest, look for Hayley in NCTC's upcoming production of Avenue Q.  She sends her love to her wonderful family and to her boyfriend, Sean.  Check out Hayley's website at

Noah Haydon (Director - THE BLOODY DÉBUTANTE; High Priestess in DEBUTANTE) is very excited to be back on the Thrillpeddlers stage. Favorite shows/roles include CABARET (The Emcee), PEARLS OVER SHANGHAI (Petrushka) HOT GREEKS (Pandora), YOU’RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN (Snoopy), RAGTIME (Harry Houdini), GYPSY (Tulsa), A CHORUS LINE (Mark), Pippin (Lewis), SHOCKTOBERFEST 14 (Salome, Chorine #1) and TINSEL TARTS IN A HOT COMA (Sally Snack). Noah has done commercials for MTV, Long's Drug Store and Jamba Juice, as well as voiceover work for Microsoft, Bagel Bites and Banana Republic. Noah would like to thank his talented cast, his friends, his family, and Bobby for all the love and support.

Jack Crow (Baact’ave in TAXIDERMIST, Other in TARR, Reveller & Cultist in DEBUTANTE) For some time now, Jack has played the role of "elementary school teacher" at various schools in order to participate in student productions.  His roles have included the friendless shark in Fish Make Friends,  and the lonesome bear in The Bear Went Over the Mountain.  He has also been featured in various senior roles in high school productions of Oliver (Grandfather), Guys and Dolls (Uncle), and as one of the barbershop quartet in The Music Man.  Jack finds that his extensive experience with children and adolescents has ideally prepared him to work with the cast and crew of Thrillpeddlers.

John Flaw (Maillard in TARR;  Balladeer & Cultist in DEATHWIRE) is consumed by the desire to constantly perform on stages. It's a blessing and a curse. It all began with his acceptance into some of San Francisco’s finest youth theatre groups, such as SFArtsED and Young People’s Teen Musical Theatre Company, playing roles like The Boss in Side Show and Sweeney Todd in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.  Having recently taken on the role of The Wolf in Ray of Light Theatre's production of Sondheim's Into The Woods, he has come to the conclusion that the world is a better place with a little song and dance (not to mention a bit of fake blood). When he's not busy hanging around the Hypnodrome, Flaw can be found singing and strumming a guitar for local drunk-folk band Vagabondage.

Roxanne RedMeat (The Bloody Debutante in DEBUTANTE) graduated from Cornish College of the Arts with a BFA in Dance. While Roxanne is a native of San Francisco, she has graced stages from the Bay to Seattle, to New York City and back again. Since her return, she has kept busy choreographing and performing drag, dance, theatre, burlesque, and go-go. Roxanne is a core dancer for the bump and grind band, "Los Shimmy Shakers" and performs regularly with The Black Widows (A Gothic strip revue), and the burlesque army that is Hubba Hubba revue. Her most recent forays into drag have included Mahogany Mondays, Sex Drags & Rock and Roll, and The SF Album Project. She also plays a Cave Girl on Creepy KOFY Movie Time which airs every Saturday night at 11pm On KOFY TV 20.  Off the stage, Roxanne has been a repeat guest on 107.7 The Bone's "Ask A Hot Chick"  as well as She has also appeared several times on the burlesque webcast "SpeakEasily" with Odessa Lil. Roxanne would like to dedicate her performance to her cat Jah, for helping her to master "resting bitch face".

Crystal Why (Assistant Stage Manager)  is a performer and artist from Philadelphia. She is absolutely thrilled to be helping out with such an amazingly horrorshow production and looks forward to disturbing her friends. Crystal's alter ego, Cherry Anomaly, can be seen all over the city, but mostly at The Stud on Tuesday evenings for the avant-garde dragstravaganza known as Meow Mix.  Kudos and accolades to Sailor, Russ, Hayley, and the rest of the cast and crew!

Nicholas Torre (Lighting Design, Board Op & Special F/X) Nicholas has been with Thrillpeddlers since the Spring of 2009.  He received two BATCC awards in Lighting Design for Vice Palace (2011) and Marat/Sade (2012).  This is his sixth Shocktoberfest.

Russell Blackwood (Director - THE TAXIDERMIST’S REVENGE, DEATHWRITE / Producer – Artistic director Thrillpeddlers) produced and directed his first Grand Guignol horror play 23 years ago with his own adaptation of Andre deLorde’s shocker THE LABORATORY OF HALLUCINATIONS. That production led him to found Thrillpeddlers with his boyhood friend, Daniel Zilber. He’s produced and directed for Thrillpeddlers ever since. In 1999, the duo produced the first SHOCKTOBERFEST, Thrillpeddlers annual Grand Guignol spectacular. Four years later, Thrillpeddlers launched the research web site In 2004 Russell and his husband, Jim Toczyl, opened The Hypnodrome to be Thrillpeddlers home. Producing and directing further forays into the Grand Guignol as well as championing the theatrical genre of Theatre of The Ridiculous with productions Scrumbly Koldewyn’s four Cockettes musicals: PEARLS OVER SHANGHAI, HOT GREEKS, VICE PALACE and TINSEL TARTS IN A HOT COMA are other delightful milestones for Thrillpeddlers. Russell’s productions have played throughout the U.S. from New York City to Alaska, as well as England, Taiwan, and South Africa. Other directing credits include: OTELLO and CARMEN (Berkeley Opera); THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE (Lamplighters), EX-LOVERS, STRANGERS IN PARADOX, and WOMEN BEHIND BARS (Theatre Rhinoceros); CABARET and MEDEA (Shotgun Players); and productions for the S.F., L.A., and Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festivals. He earned his BFA in Acting from Boston University.

Sailor Galaviz (Stage Manager): Sailor made his stage debut as the titular role in a 1999 production of The Nutcracker. He worked several years with Fresno’s Woodward Shakespeare Festival and the Fresno City College Theater. The Bloody Debutante marks Sailor’s third play with Thrillpeddlers, having previously stage managed Pearls Over Shanghai and Shocktoberfest 14: Jack the Ripper. Other recent credits include work on the San Francisco leg of Dr. Frankenstein's Traveling Freakshow (on tour from Wales) and the Peaches Christ Productions movie pre-shows at the Castro Theater.  He has also written several plays that have been performed in Fresno, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

Diego Gomez (“The Prince of Darkness” in INDUCTION, Reveller & Cultist in DEBUTANTE)is a Bi-Coastal & Beautiful, Mexican-Detective, native to San Francisco. In her free time, (of which she has loads) she enjoys comic books, travel, oil painting, glittering (but not littering) & making people up to look like whores. Isn’t she lovely?

TJ Buswell (Mans de Vin in TAXIDERMIST, Reveller & Cultist in DEBUTANTE)has been an integral part of Thrillpeddlers for six years and has, on numerous occasions, saved the Western World from utter annihilation. TJ played the role of Chop Chop in the long-running Pearls Over Shanghai and is also our Master Carpenter.

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