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.
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Photos by: Marisa Parisella Photography