About the Directors
George Blair IV, original co-founding & active director
George is director, and collaborative creator, choreographer, show designer/conceptualist, and emcee for the White Elephant Burlesque Society under the name Viktor Devonne since its inception. He grew up in Durham, CT and Plainfield, NJ and currently lives in Passaic County, NJ.
2013: ATC Studios, under Kathleen Kalleigh
As Viktor Devonne
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Formative Moments: his sister Amy giving him The Immaculate Collection on cassette, his parents sharing their love of Broadway and musical theatre early on, and scholastic recognition for capable writing in second grade. Adolescent community theatre between 1994 and 1997: Ionesco's Rhinoceroes, Frakes' Spoofydoof's Funnybone, Chapin's Cotton Patch Gospel, and his father George Blair III's play Tobit.
Rocky Horror (October 6, 2001 - October 26, 2007)
- The Home of Happiness shadow cast at The Screening Zone in Montclair, NJ
as Brad, Frank, Transylvanian, special appearance as Magenta
- The Home of Happiness shadwowcast at The Bellevue Theater in Upper Montclair, NJ
as Brad, Frank, Riff Raff, Rocky, special appearances as Transylvanian, Janet, Dr. Scott, Eddie, and Criminologist
+ Theme Show consultant, performer training, and preshow writing/performance
- elsewhere, with the Home of Happiness
Ubercon ("Brad," 2002), Brookhaven Ampitheater ("Trixie," 2004), Barry Bostwick's charity event in Nyack, New York ("Brad," 2004); Shock Treatment DVD release event in NYC ("Ralph", 2006)
+ profiled by the Star Ledger for the 30th anniversary (and they even misspelled his name!)
- Jeff Mach's Cult Movie Overnight
Frank (2x), Co-director (2x), Musical Coordinator (3x)
Film: Tuesday Night. from Reel Films (now Little Brown Bag Productions) - 2006 (featured) & Trash, from Little Brown Bag Productions - 2010 (extra)
Other: ATC Studios: spotlight for 2005 world premiere of Journey (Kellaigh/Huseman)
+ additional preproduction for other shows 2003-2011
Genevieve Alissa, original co-founding director
As her mother is fond of telling it, Geneviève discovered adoration of performing at the tender age of four when the siren song of a NYC street Calypso band set her to dancin'. In the twenty-eight years since, she’s dabbled in piano, violin, cello, guitar, tap, jazz, ballet, gymnastics, and modern dance as well as performed in myriad plays, musicals, and choirs. Genevieve has been in two music videos so far: "Children of the Wind" for the band Tokyo Pink and most recently, "Happy Birthday, My Olde Friend" by Voltaire. Also, she's studied voice under Sue Lizzi and Ernie Scott.
As a founding director of White Elephant, she loves the whole thing to pieces and also enjoys her time as choreographer, writer, and performer for the Society. Her past haunts include the Home of Happiness in Montclair, NJ where she was a member for over six years and being a founding member of the Itty Bitty Shakespeare Co, whose production of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” at Wicked Faire 2006 received many accolades.
Over the last two decade, she's taken turns as a Brigader and Street Teamer for The Dresden Dolls and Amanda Palmer. Her most recent accomplishment, writing her first book, has left her feeling quite pleased with herself if only she could finish editing the damn thing for publication. When that doesn't work as well as she'd like, solace is found in avoidance by writing her second book.
Femme Fae La Butche is a character Geneviève came up with largely because she couldn't decide whether she wanted to be a boy or a girl for the Society. In her grand tradition, Geneviève opted out of choosing just one and instead incorporated a male persona and a female persona into one gently batshit insane person. For inspiration, she looks to Amanda Palmer, Gypsy Rose Lee, Patti Lupone, Dirty Martini, Delirium, Tony Bennett, Katchoo, Frank Sinatra, Kixie, Frasier Crane, Luna Lovegood, Jessica Tate, kd lang, Rayanne Graff, Bjork, Lea Delaria and probably more, but she can't think of them all right now.
In her spare time, Geneviève is working on a variety of creative projects, some of which will hopefully come to fruition. She enjoys math, flirting, chocolate, music, activism, making out, reading, writing, cuddling, crafting, dancing, thunderstorms, semicolons, snow, lingonberry juice, sex, driving, laughter, complicated relationships and too many other things for her own damn good.
A master at “burning the candle at twenty-seven ends”, she is especially grateful to Michael, Danielle, George, Jeff, Joe, Christian, Becky, and Cubby: for helping to keep her grounded, for their constant support, encouragement, love and laughter and most importantly, for reminding her to slow the fuck down and sleep every once in a while.
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