About May

Cosplayer | Nerdlesque Performer

May Hemmer is known as "The Sassiest Thing in New Orleans" and has been dubbed the "Cocoa Barbie" by Vita DeVoid of Florida. This lady has a larger than life personality and has been gracing the stages with nerdlesque, neo-burlesque, and much more since 2011. As a member of the Storyville Starlettes and The Bluestockings, she performed regularly at Burlesque Ballroom, Big Deal Burlesque, and many more independent shows and private events around NOLA. 


Her solo debut has included performances at the Southern Fried Burlesque Festival, Arizona Burlesque Festival, Great Southern Exposure, and many other productions for the troupe BurlEscapades in Phoenix, AZ. She was recognized in 2015, as the Master of Tassels in the Louisiana Regional Burlypicks and is both the 2016 Shimmy Showdown Siobhan Atomica Brown Noser and Jeez Loueez Boo Bitch Bye award winner.


Now life has whisked her on to a new state...North Carolina! Now one of the newest members of the Discordia Dames of Greensboro, NC. Not only has she traveled in the south but all over the country and is continuing to take the country by storm one state at a time. But did she stop there? No! Not only did she attend her first international festival by attending the Montreal Burlesque Festival, she is now the 2017 Miss Montreal Burlesque and Lili St. Cyr award winner.

She is not only a burlesque performer but a cosplayer as well! Her roots in costuming led to her love of nerdlesque as it was right up her ally. This led to her performing at various cons and all things nerdy around the country. Her love of cosplay now revitalizes, she's hitting the sewing machine hard again to bring to life some of her favorite fandoms both on and off the stage.


For more information, please visit my full portfolio of performances, awards, and publications below. Be sure to sign up for the blog as well or bookmark www.mayhemmer.com to stay in the know.

Photos by: Marisa Parisella Photography




  • New Jersey Renaissance Faire

  • Queen City Anime Convention

  • DragonCon

  • Heroes Con





  • MarsCon

  • Playthrough Gaming Convention

  • Spring Fairy Ball

  • Baltimore Faerie Faire

  • Dirty Nerdy Burlesque: Scoundrels and Anti-Heroes

  • Asheville Americana Burlesque and Sideshow Festival

  • Cosplay America

  • Raleigh GalaxyCon

  • Queen City Anime Convention

  • Discordia Days Burlesque Festival

  • DragonCon

  • Sick Chicks Film Fest


  • A Night of Burlesque: "Divine Science"

  • Bagel Burlesque Expo

  • Asheville Americana Burlesque and Sideshow Festival

  • Heavy Rebel Weekender - Queen Competition

  • Discordia Days Burlesque Festival

  • Smoky Mountain Burlesque Festival

  • Oni-Con Nerdlesque Show

  • NOLA Nerdlesque Festival

  • Savannah Burlesque Festival


  • 3rd Annual Legislate This!

  • Great Burlesque Exposition

  • Burlesque Imitates Art

  • Anime Matsuri 2017 Nerdlesque Show

  • PCC Talk Nerdy To Me

  • Heavy Rebel Weekender - Queen Competition

  • Ohio Burlesque Festival

  • Discordia Days Burlesque Festival

  • Rocky Mountain Burlesque Festival

  • Montreal Burlesque Festival - Mr & Ms Montreal Competition

  • NOLA Nerdlesque Festival

  • YamaCon Freaks & Cheeks


  • Shimmy Showdown

  • Burlesque Imitates Art

  • Discordia Days Burlesque Festival

  • Pit Bulls and Poodle Skirts

  • Golden Legend Champion Challenge

  • THE ROUX Festival

  • Minneapolis Burlesque Festival

  • 1, 2, 3 Tease

  • Cheap Thrills

  • Great Southern Exposure


2013 - 2015

  • PCC Talk Nerdy To Me ('13, '15)

  • Southern Fried Burlesque Festival

  • THE ROUX ('13-'15)

  • Snake Oil Festival

  • NOLA Nerdlesque Fest

  • Arizona Burlesque Festival

  • Great Southern Exposure

  • Louisiana Regional Burlypicks​​

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