Arnaldo! has thrilled audiences from Seattle and New York to Puerto Vallarta and Manila. He has received NY's Bistro Award 2008, Manila's Gawad Musika Award 2014, and Filipino Community of Seattle's Lifetime Achievement Award in Arts & Culture 2016. Arnaldo! is the founder of Pacific Northwest Cabaret Association and the executive producer and director of Seattle Cabaret Festival, formerly known as March Is Cabaret Month. Arnaldo! is also co-executive director of Pride ASIA, an API LGBTQ collective, and a proud gay Filipino-American immigrant.
"Opening hearts & minds through music one cabaret at a time." www.dragchanteuse.com
Angie is the longtime frontwoman and songwriter for Weimar-inspired rock band The Love Markets (“Irresistible” – Seattle Magazine); record releases include Beauty Factory and World of Your Dreams. She is also a member of Actors’ Equity who has performed a multitude of principal roles on Seattle’s AEA stages, toured regionally with The 5th Avenue Theatre’s production of Cabaret, and served on two award-winning feature films as a screenwriter, songwriter, and principal actor (Gory Gory Hallelujah, Ira Finkelstein’s Christmas). Angie is a winner of the Academy of American Poets Prize. “A singer, songwriter and actress with fearsome chops.” – City Arts Magazine. www.angielouise.com
Art Anderson has been a big fan of Seattle Cabaret Festival for a long time and is now THRILLED to sing in this cabaret venue in the style and manner in which he feels he was born. Art is a member of Actor’s Equity, having performed in many musicals and plays throughout Seattle and regionally.
Arwen is a Poulsbo-based singer, actor, and world traveler. You can catch her around the Sound in musicals and children’s theater productions, a cappella quartets, and at local clubs and venues singing jazz standards in French, Spanish and English with the Victor Janusz Band. During daylight hours, Arwen works freelance as an ATA-certified French>English translator. www.arwendewey.com
Bodacious Ladyhood is an award-winning a cappella trio who have been singing together for 20 years. In that time, they have performed in clubs and on stages and at wineries all over the Puget Sound, as well as on national radio. They are excited to be part of the Seattle Cabaret Festival in their fifth appearance! They’ve been described as “a tantalizing trio” with “mellifluous harmony” that creates “an evening of show-stopping entertainment.” Bodacious Ladyhood is three parts harmony, one part comedy, and a whole lot of fun. http://bodaciousladyhood.com
Craig is an internationally known singer/song-stylist, actor and author. He is Vice President and on the Board of the American Songbook Association. He presents the Pomranz Performance Grant every year to deserving performers who are looking for the chance to start their process to perform, rehearse, or record music of the Great American Songbook. His popular CDs “More Than a Seasonal Thing” and “My Heart Don’t Skip A Beat” are heard on radio stations around the world. He attended Carnegie-Mellon University and The Goodman Theatre - The Art Institute of Chicago. http://craigpomranz.com
Faye B Summers has performed in Seattle and nationally for many decades. She has appeared in most of Seattle’s theatre venues and has been singing and portraying Edith Piaf for over 30 years. Also an experienced writer/editor, her one-woman show Kicking the Hat was premiered by Seattle’s ArtsWest Playhouse. Her collaboration with John Engerman began in 1980 and his new English translations of Piaf favorites take the relationship to a new and exciting level.
Heather hails from the Great White North (Toronto area), but has lived in Seattle since 1998. She’s been an artist and singer her whole life, and went to college for each discipline. Heather maintains a painting studio and performs in jazz venues, cabarets, theatre, and with the Dickens Carolers since 2005. Shaina has also performed their whole life, but fell in love with the bass and music irrevocably in middle school. This is Shaina’s third year in Seattle Cabaret Festival; you may also have seen them with theater company Hello Earth, Seattle SketchFest, and at various venues around the city.
A seasoned cabaret performer (over ten shows at the legendary Cabaret de Paris) and one third of The Sirens of Swing, Jayne Muirhead has also spent forty years as a professional actor.
Joanne has played on almost every stage or venue in Seattle. From basements to stadiums, from Canada to Costa Rica and even the streets of Paris, Joanne is a performer of wonderful wit, a super voice and great choice of music and arrangements. Art Saves Lives is her motto and without it, she would have been a criminal. You can see Jo at jazz jams, theatre venues, and places where music is respected and desired. Enjoy her take on growing up, old, pudgy, and not afraid of chocolate. www.joannekleindiva.com
John has been writing, arranging, music directing and playing for theatrical productions since the mid ‘70s. As a composer, highlights include Ronnie Bwana - Jungle Guide, The Big Bad Wolf (and How He Got That Way), Ming the Rude (Empty Space Theatre), The Ballad of Mary Reade, (Bathhouse Theatre), and Prince Brat and the Whipping Boy (Seattle Children’s Theatre). Cabaret shows featuring his arrangements of others’ tunes include revues about Nat Cole, Duke Ellington, Rosemary Clooney, The Fabulous Sateens, The Sirens of Swing, and numerous one-woman shows with his wife, the fabulous Jayne Muirhead.
A member of Actors Equity Association and Pacific Northwest Cabaret Association, Judy Ann has been performing on Pacific Northwest stages for over 30 years, including The 5th Avenue Theatre, Village Theatre, Bellevue Civic Theatre, Showtunes!, and Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre. Some of Judy's favorite roles so far are Princess Puffer in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Old Lady in Candide, Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun, the Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and the title role in Mame.
Laurie has worked extensively throughout the Pacific Northwest as well as in Western Canada. At various times she’s been a regular at The 5th Avenue Theatre, sailed the Caribbean as a featured vocalist for NCL, toured regionally and then discovered her niche performing multiple one-woman cabaret shows. Favorite theatre experiences include any cabaret work, Janet in The Rocky Horror Show, Zubbediya in Kismet, Margie in Follies, Clo-Clo in La Cage aux Folles and Sabina in Skin of Our Teeth.
The Love Markets are a Weimar Berlin-inspired cabaret rock band, described by Seattle Magazine as “Irresistible… Intoxicating… A deliciously dark carnival.” Rooted deep in Seattle’s arts scene, The Love Markets have been performing their songs of love and revolution on iconic city stages since 2008: shows and collaborations include ACT Theatre, The Triple Door, Seattle Art Museum, City Arts Fest, GSBA’S Equalux, Sandbox Radio, Burlesco Notturno, Seattle Men’s Chorus, UMO Ensemble, and TV’s “ArtZone with Nancy Guppy”. Record releases: WORLD OF YOUR DREAMS and BEAUTY FACTORY. The band’s third release, SHIP OF LIGHT, is due out later in 2023. www.thelovemarkets.com
Siren + Sinewave are Carla Hilderbrand (lead vocals, keyboards) and Ted Lim (backing vocals, upright bass, lap steel), both staples in the Seattle music education scene. Ted is a veteran rock, blues and Americana bass and guitar player (Carolyn Wonderland Band, Rachel Carrington, Dusthorses, Anthony Phillips Band, Cult of Ted). Carla hails from the classical music world and has performed as a soloist with companies including Portland Opera, Seattle Opera, Seattle Youth Symphony, and Orchestra Seattle/Seattle Chambers Singers.
The Sirens of Swing features three Seattle cabaret luminaries - Karen Kay Cody, Joanne Klein and Jayne Muirhead - with music direction by John Engerman. First produced in the 1990s, their tributes to the infectious sounds of classic vocal trios such as the Boswell Sisters and the Andrews Sisters were hit shows at the Cabaret de Paris. With lush harmonies and jive rhythms, they take audiences on a musical journey back to the 1930s and 1940s full of sass and romance.
Valerie Piacenti, originally from the Chicago area, has made Seattle her home for the past 35 years. She’s performed at many local venues, including Seattle Repertory Theatre, Cabaret de Paris, Kirkland Performance Center and The 5th Avenue Theatre. She was the soprano soloist with Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Silver Lining, including the London production accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic. While living in NYC, Valerie made her Broadway debut in The Pirates of Penzance, starring Kevin Kline. Valerie’s show, CHAPTERS, about life in the theatre, premiered at Egan’s in 2018. She and Nick are delighted to be back on this year's bill!