Board of Directors

The Burlesque Hall of Fame's board is charged with organizational governance and oversight. Board members are drawn from both within the burlesque community and outside, helping to assure a broad range of skills and perspectives. If you'd like to contact the board for any reason, please email board@burlesquehall.com.

We are always searching for potential board members, click here to find out more about board membership and how to apply to become a BHoF board member.

Jaye MacAskillJaye MacAskill, Chair

The current Chair of the BHoF Board of Directors, Jaye MacAskill has an accumulated array of educational, professional and volunteer experience in museums, public history, historic preservation, and non-profit work. Originally from Vancouver Island, Canada, she has recently moved to Vermont after living in California for the past 17 years. Some people may know her best as the Canadian half of the married musical-comedy duo Pony Death Ride.

A lifelong fan of “weird museums,” Jaye’s involvement with BHoF started in 2003 when she began volunteering at the Exotic World Burlesque Museum in Helendale, CA as a graduate student in Public History at the University of San Diego. She had initially heard about Dixie Evans’ fascinating striptease museum after picking up a copy of the book Roadside America at the Rideau Center Mall in Ottawa in the mid-1990s. Making her first in-person visit to “the Ranch” on the fateful afternoon of December 31 st , 1999, neither Jaye nor Dixie could have possibly known that she would still be hanging around two decades later. On that particular day, they were both more concerned about Y2K. They eventually became great friends, however, and Jaye would end up among the group of volunteers in 2005 who helped rescue the collection and bring Dixie and Exotic World to Las Vegas where it would become known as the
Burlesque Hall of Fame.

Bunny Bee, Vice-Chair

 

Nicollette Daly, Secretary

 

Robert Ferguson, Treasurer

 

Dustin M. WaxDustin M. Wax, President

As Executive Director of the organization, Dustin serves as a non-voting member of the board. His full bio can be found on our staff page.

Debra Roth

 

Dirty Martini (photo by Bettina May)Dirty Martini

Miss Dirty Martini is one of the most celebrated personalities in the world of Neo Burlesque. Voted number one burlesque performer in the world, Miss Martini has spearheaded the new burlesque revolution in New York City and all over the world with her stereotype busting over-the-top physique and classical dance training bringing her vision of vintage glamour into the 21st century. NY Daily News described her performance as "The decadent expression of female sensuality in action," The New York Times proclaimed her "One of the most creative strippers” and the London Daily Telegraph
ran an article entitled "How I fell in Love with Dirty Martini" calling her "the queen of them all!"

Featured in V Magazine with a five page editorial photographed by fashion legend Karl Lagerfeld at the Chanel Atelier in Paris, she has also posed for acclaimed photographers Andres Serrano, Terry Richardson, Roxanne Lowitt and Mario Sorrenti. Dita Von Teese brought her on tour to co-star in her show ‘Strip Strip Hooray’ in the wake of the release of the mainstream movie ‘Burlesque’ "to show America what real burlesque is all about". She continues to tour the world with Miss Von Teese in her shows ‘Art of the Teese’ and ‘The Copper Coupe’. She has made a splash in the UK performing
on the Paul O'Grady TV Show and at London's KoKo nightclub and was a guest judge on Sky TV Italy's "Lady Burlesque" show. Miss Martini is a sought after "Burl-expert" in the written press and television and is featured in almost every book written about the New Burlesque. She holds the title of The Reigning Queen of Burlesque - Miss Exotic World 2004 and has returned to headline at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend and at Viva Las Vegas alongside hostess and legendary pop culture icon Elvira Mistress of the Dark. She is currently on the Board of Directors at the Burlesque Hall
of Fame Museum in Las Vegas, NV.

Miss Martini has toured internationally with The Cabaret New Burlesque, featured in the Palme D’Or winning film Tournee directed by Mathieu Amalric. Look for her feature length documentary film entitled Dirty Martini and the New Burlesque by Gary Beeber as well as No Wave filmmaker Beth B.'s film Exposed focusing on her life, work, politics and her influence on the resurgence of burlesque all over the globe.

Melody Sweets

 

Board Emeritus

The title of Board Emeritus recognizes founders and past board members whose work and service have been instrumental to shaping the Burlesque Hall of Fame as it is today.

Jennie Lee
Dixie Evans
Laura Herbert
Dita Von Teese

Community Council

The Community Council provides a forum for committed burlesque community members to advise, inform, and offer critique to the organization, and to act as its emissaries to the larger community. Its current members are:

Andy “Doc” Davis
Brett Rollins
Chairmyn Meow
Crystal Swarowski
Cyanide Cyn
Dave Williams
Debra Roth
Don Spiro
Dustin M. Wax
Egypt Blaque Knyle
Indigo Blue
Jaye MacAskill
Kay Sera
Lola Coquette
Michelle Baldwin
Miz Charlamay
Pastel Supernova

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