Billed as a “producer extraordinaire” and short-listed for The Stranger’s “Genius Award,” Paula the Swedish Housewife has mounted award-winning, sold-out shows starring some of the modern underground’s most celebrated performers for more than 25 years.
Known as the Harriet Tubman of the drag arts, Paula has brought thousands of transgressive performers to new audiences in New York, Las Vegas, San Francisco and Seattle.
As a Cultural Educator she has pushed the envelope with a velvet glove, eliciting shock and awe with such mind-bending pairings as Pulitzer-Prize-winning jazz legend Ornette Colman with modern primitive Fakir Musafar; Mother Love Bone (precursor to Pearl Jam) with boylesque sensation John Sex; and burlesque legend Tempest Storm with (how do you define?) El Vez.
A powerful world of fund-raisers and progressive corporations have taken note. Paula’s can’t-miss shows have helped raise thousands of dollars for such worthy organizations as Point Defiance Zoo, Northwest AIDS Foundations, Artists for Artistic Victims of Katrina, Keep a Breast Foundation, The Burlesque Hall of Fame, Treehouse, and many many more groups and individuals in need.
Always looking for a home, Seattle’s “enfant terrible” has spun her gold lame in venues that span posh-and-private (The Ruins, The Triple Door); down-and-dirty (Masonic temples, gambling halls, and most notably, the Sidewinder Room at the Barstow Holiday Inn); established art venues (Henry Art Gallery, CoCa); Vegas-Baby theaters (The Palms, The Orleans); and her ever-driving quest for medium-sized locations that allow audiences to inhale the artists.
As well as being the creative director for many of her own productions Paula is available to tailor events ranging from edgy dance nights, intimate cabarets, and full-scale epic productions that will draw audiences — and leave them gasping – at the wonderment of her world of cutting-edge madness!
Photo by Christopher Nelson