Request a Mentor

If you are interested in learning to be a performer, producer, emcee, or crew member in the Queer performance art community, let us know and we will match you with a mentor who can help you develop your skills. Our mentors are experts in all kinds of areas, including drag, burlesque, queerlesque, hosting, makeup and hair styling, stage management, production management, costume design, music, pageantry, and much much more.

Our mentors operate on a donation basis with a few exceptions (e.g., mentors might request a firm donation for areas that are more costly, such as makeup or costume design). We generally suggest a donation of $15-$20 per hour, with a little extra for gas depending on where you’re meeting. We want to make sure mentorship is accessible to all, so if you are unable to pay, let us know ahead of time and we’ll work something out with your mentor.

Once you’ve been connected with your mentor, it is up to the two of you to work out arrangements. Some students may be interested in just one or two meetings, while others will want more ongoing mentorship. Be sure and let us know how much time you want to spend with your mentor so we can find you a good match.

The more specific you are about your interests, the better – that way, we can make sure we find the perfect person for you. If you aren’t sure what exactly you’re looking for, just tell us what you’re thinking about and we can match you with a creative mentor who can help you figure out your strengths and interests. In the form below, you’ll be asked to select what type of mentorship you are looking for. If you like more than one, or if you want something we don’t have listed, you can add that in the text fields.

If you have general questions about the Academy, or if you are interested in becoming a mentor, please contact us here.

Thanks for your request! We’ll get back to you in the next couple of days.