P-Raw: A West Coast Novelty

Who is She?

P-Raw (Patricia Rose)

P-Raw Montage
Living like a cross between rock star drag queen, activist diva performance artist, shamanatrix faerie priestess, and regular blonde girl from the Midwest…

P-Raw is a West Coast Novelty and is best known for performing, creating and making magic happen. She is a performance artist that’s work encompasses many different worlds from ritual theater performance to children’s puppetry to comedic women’s wrestling to cabaret and burlesque with an edge. She has been a variety performer at many of the most popular clubs in Bay Area (including The Supper Club, Slim’s, DNA, The Stud, Club Mighty, 111 Minna, the Uptown, Oasis, Café Van Kleef, Café Flore, Trannyshack, Oakland Metro, 1015 Folsom, Center for Sex and Culture and long time featured performer at Kinky Salon)

She can currently be found in the Bay Area attending school, creating art and music- and working on her next big project – which is a cabaret show set to debut in the Spring.

Herstory (the longer version...)

P-Raw has been performing since she was just a little child in Indianapolis, IN. She grew up to Irish Catholic teacher parents and went to Catholic school for 8 years which largely influenced many of her controversial performances to come. In high school she was in many plays both at school and acted at the local theaters and museums. She was in show choir and Repertory Theater, a part of Civic Theater, taught acting to younger children and was a radio DJ on 89.3 WJEL Indianapolis.

Desperate to get out of the Midwest in 1995 at age 17 after high school she embarked to live in Los Angeles to attend American Academy of Dramatic Arts. After that, she was the youngest student accepted at the Beverly Hills Playhouse where she had Jeffrey Tambor as an occasional instructor and learned intensive scene study. She also got a manager and started doing extra work on popular 90’s sitcoms and bad movies. Also at this time in the 90’s it was the height of the rave scene, and the Hollywood club scene was booming. P-Raw became an active part of these communities and helped to promote parties, dj’s and popular underground shows and events.

She came back to Indiana for a couple of years in the late 90’s and was a large part of the punk rock scene that still exists today. She was founding member of a collective that produced punk rock and hip hop shows, themed parties, performances, activist workshops, and even had an animal rescue and Food Not Bombs running out of the house. She was an active part in the queer community and starred in the popular lesbian play that received much national attention “Girl Party”.

While still in Indiana she was a part of the ACT OUT Ensemble and TKATS groups that traveled around performing for schools and colleges that through performance taught about non-violence, diversity and peace. She performed with Comedy Sportz improv group as well.

After traveling around Western Europe with her artist drummer boyfriend in 1999/2000, P-Raw moved back to California and was a part of the Americorps VISTA program where she served at ARTScorpsLA. She helped to organize inner-city neighborhood festival, art programs, produced theater shows and a dance workshop. She then gained an interest in puppetry and took part in producing a puppetry workshop for kids at an art studio Chinatown LA. She started creating giant puppets for street festivals and peace activist marches. This led to her creating her own hilarious show “American Millionaire Ken” with Barbie’s as puppets. P-Raw began to tour this show around California and found the Bay Area to be the most receptive audience of her art form. Sick of the politics, misogyny and nepotism of Hollywood, P-Raw decided it was time to move to the San Francisco area settling in Oakland.

The Bay area embraced her and she immediately became a working actress starring in “C___sucker a Love Story” and then “Sleeping with Straight Men” at Theater Rhinoceros in SF. She began performing burlesque and starred in the show “Sharky’s Sunken Den of Pleasures” that went to the NY Fringe festival in 1993 at Cooper Union Hall.

She was inspired to create “the FFFF”(Fierce Fabulous Female Fighters: Women’s Wrestling to the DEATH), a comedic women’s wrestling troupe that included some of the fiercest female performance artists, sharpest intellects and biggest mouths in the Bay area including: Sugarbunni, Lana Shively, Novella Carpenter and Pi Palomo. The “FFFF” performed at many night clubs and parties from 2003-2005.

The World of burlesque then led her to become a “Faux Drag Queen” which is considered woman that performs as a drag queen. P-Raw performed at many of the popular gay bars in San Francisco including the legendary Trannyshack. She won runner up in the first Faux Queen Pageant she competed in and the second time became infamous for jumping off the stage with the crown and sash. She has now decided that she is not a “Faux Drag Queen”, she is actually a Queen and a Faerie Princess.

She went on the road to assistant direct, produce and star in Ronnie Larsen’s plays “Girl Meets Girl” and “My Boyfriend the Stripper” in Dallas, and San Diego. This allowed her to discover both the queer and alternative scenes in these cities.

She continued her puppetry and variety performance in the Bay Area and moved into the legendary punk rock house in Oakland “Pele’s Pirate Pussy Palace” where as a queer collective they produced some of the most epic parties of that era that combined punk rock, theatrics, circus arts and more.

She has produced her own theatrical projects at Climate theater in SF: “Get Lynched: A David Lynch Tribute Variety Show” and “St. P-Raw’s Day Celebration”. She has been a long time featured performer at the popular eclectic alternative club “Kinky Salon’s Midnight Cabaret”. -She opened up for “Faith No More” with Squeaky Blonde, Fade-Ra and Trannyshack at the Warfield. She also has performed at the Supperclub for art attack, with the Hubba Hubba Review and Black Widows Gothic Strip review doing burlesque.

She attended the Erotic Performance Institute taught by Vixen Noir and performed at Cabaret De Nude. She was a featured performer on the Popcorn Theater Bus that toured around the Bay area, and opened up for Otto Von Schirach and Venetian Snares. She’s been a conceptual fashion model for Sugarbunni and the Cloud Factory Design show, and modeling fashions by Lucy Furr and Christine Moore in many of her performances.

Most recently, P-Raw has been singing cabaret songs, performing ritual theater numbers and studying animation and design. You can catch her on a stage or hosting a club at least once a month these days. Stay tuned for more to come.

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