Our

PHILOSOPHY

Inclusive Audiences. Inclusive Drag. Inclusive Comedy.

Cleo and the Kweens welcomes all to engage and perform regardless of gender, ability or background.

Our

VISION

Cleo and the Kweens aims to be a positive ambassador for the LGBT+ community in the comedy industry, showcasing the best of our emerging artists and challenging expectations of what drag is and can be.

Our

MISSION

Cleo and the Kweens aim to achieve its vision through the following ways:

  1. Increasing engagement with LGBT+ culture and events with community members and allies alike.
  2. Highlighting opportunities for engagement with members of the community that are currently under-represented and/or have limited entertainment opportunities.
  3. Providing a platform for emerging artists from all backgrounds to develop and hone their skills in a supportive environment.
  4. And ultimately, having fun with our audiences as a positive ambassador for the LGBT+ community.

Meet our

TEAM

Introducing

CLEO

Cleo aka AJ is a British strategist and performer with over 5 years’ experience across the arts and culture, hospitality and education sectors with a focus on business strategy, development and implementation.

As a performer, AJ has directed, produced and starred in digital and live productions now predominantly with his drag-comedy troupe “Cleo and the Kweens”. His current work focuses on inclusion and engagement within the arts with a particular focus in the LGBT+ community through his artistic residency program, TAFFEE, ran at the Imperial Hotel Erskineville and his work on the Membership Committee with Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

Additionally, he works in project management, development, and implementation across the Engagement and Development portfolio at the Sydney Opera House.

AJ Lamarque

Founder of Cleo and the Kweens

BEC MELROSE

Kween of the Animorph

Once billed as a “Very Funny Lady”, creative writer and strategist Bec Melrose (VfL.) is courageously baring all on the comedy scene. Her wit and vulnerable style have made her a hit at Story Club, A Likely Story, improv troupe Post-Its and as a founding member of Cleo and the Kweens. Her much loved character Ibis has attracted fan and foe, campaigning to protect and promote the rights of bird-kind. Bec has studied with faculty from UCB, Improv Theatre Sydney, iO and SNL and won Australia’s biggest comedy competition, Raw Comedy in 2018.

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PEAK ANN DISTAPAN

A Pile of Dice in a Trenchcoat

Peak Distapan is trying to take the world record for most simultaneous DnD campaigns, dead or alive. Peak is an illustrator and capital ‘C’ Creative having worked in design, print production, and content management for over five years. On stage, he’s the Dungeons and Drag Kweens resident Dungeon Master, where he concocts dastardly story arcs and intricate plot threads for his players to ignore. Behind the DM Screen, Peak’s a fierce production manager as well as the senior organiser for Sydney Gaymers, doing his darndest to champion diversity in gaming.

SIENNA AUSTIN

Child’s-Size Pocket Rocket

A “dedicated” student, comedian and professional chocolate taster. Hitting the comedy scene in 2017, Sienna has performed at the Underbelly Arts Festival, You Can Have It All” directed by Laurence Rosier Staines and appears in “Little Monsters”, set to be released at the end of 2018. In addition to production experience with ABC’s “The Checkout”, Sienna is the youngest graduate of Improv Theatre Sydney’s main program and was a State Finalist in the 2017 MICF Class Clowns Competition.

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JOHN ROBLES

Gay and Stupid

John Robles is an award winning improviser, sketch performer, and stand up comedian. With improv training from Improv Theatre Sydney, UCB New York, and iO Chicago; he has gone on to be second-runner up in the NSW Cranston Cup Theatresports competition in 2017, a semi-finalist of the NSW RAW Comedy Competition in 2018, and winner of the 2017 Impro Australia Golden Goose Award. He can be found every month performing with Dungeons and Drag Kweens as Sabrina Deluce, a half-elf ba(r)d bitch who doesn’t need a man (but would like one very much, if possible). John also performs regularly with Snake Pit, an improv troupe he founded with two best friends.

DEBBIE ZUKERMAN

Clowning Extraordinaire

A Sydney based clown/comic/sometimes serious actor, Debbie performs with improv troupe Post ItsCleo and The Kweens and sketch company The Kvetch Set Collective. She has performed at festivals around Australia with the likes of ‘The Gonzo Hour’ but also caters for young audiences with the successful ‘You’ll Never Guess Where I Hid The Cheese’. She has trained with renowned, clown-master Philippe Gaulier (Paris) and in the Meisner approach at Ward Studio (NYC).

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JACK GORMAN

AHS (Australian Hammer Story)

Jack is a home grown Australia variety Gay™, D&D nerd and improviser, with countless improvised character deaths under his belt (they were all deeply emotional). He can be found stalking comedy podcasts, slamming down a superior healing potion and attempting to sweet talk goblins most days of the week. Jack is part of the Dungeons and Drag Kweens cast and stars as Miriam Gargoyles, a Dwarven Ranger of the Xan’Moxie Park Wilds. Armed with her trusty hammer and an exceptionally bad charisma score – she’s ready for anything, except most dinner parties…