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Theatre Artist.


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Tootsie Spangles (She/Her) 


After receiving her BFA in acting from Roosevelt University's Theatre Conservatory at Chicago College of Performing Arts, Tootsie Spangles hitched up her sparkly wagon and headed West! She is currently raising hell in Seattle,WA. 


Tootsie is a queer, feminist performing artist who tries to stick her fingers in every flavor of artistic pie. She is an actor, burlesquer, clown, storyteller, writer, and director with an emphasis on new and generative work.

As an emcee, Tootsie has hosted events, parties, and story slams  for MoPOP, The Moth, She is Fierce, The Pink Door, and numerous variety shows and burlesque spectaculars. 

As an educator, Tootsie spent several years teaching and touring children's theatre. She currently teaches workshops on comedy movement, theatrical play, and creating safe and respectful artistic working environments. She's taught at BurlyCon, FringeCon, and with The Intiman Emerging Artists Program.  

 Tootsie is ½ of the comedy duo The Salty Licks  and a  performer with The Bearenstoned Bears, “Seattle's probably only stoner bear entertainers! Tootsie also serves as the artistic director for The Libertinis, a Gregory Award nominated interdisciplinary performance ensemble who have been delivering a low blow to high art since 2011 and have been affectionately dubbed "bright shiny theatre weirdos" by CityArts Magazine. Above she loves being fancy and making fart jokes. 


Tootsie Spangles - /ˈtʊt si/ /ˈspæŋ gəls/ 


1.  Interdisciplinary performing artist specializing in neoburlesque, clown,  and storytelling. 

          a. "Tootise is able to entertain audiences in ways they didn't know they enjoyed."- Steve Stone, Producer Smooches and Science Present

          b. "Tootsie Spangles has the ability to make complex concepts simple, to make beauty out of the mundane,to make an audience feel both uncomfortable and delighted at the same time. She's a rare performer that can access all emotional levels of a bump and grind. Watching Tootsie is better than watching a baby sloth make out with a wolverine on roller skates. Over and over again, Tootsie makes the impossible possible on a burlesque stage." - Jo Jo Stiletto, Professor of Nerdlesque


2. An Actor and Director with a focus on devised work.

          a. "Working under the genius direction of Tootsie Spangles is a delectable treat. Her heart and her humor inspire an immediate sense of trust, so when she asks you to jump over the moon, you do it, like you never thought you could." -  Jacquelyn Miedema, Actor 

          b.  "I would pay good money to watch her eat fried chicken for an hour and a half. And I have" - Sailor St. Claire, The Showgirl Scholar


3. The Artistic Director of The Libertinis

        a. "Tootsie Spangles is a seemingly bottomless font of knowledge and well-timed humor. Her ability to make artists feel valued and respected while pushing the boundaries of what they thought they were capable of is a rare quality indeed.  - Hattie Hellkat, Libertini company manager, outreach director.

         b.  "Tootsie shines when it comes to creating new content. She’s a joke machine (sometimes I worry that she’s an actual joke machine and that we shouldn’t get her wet). Tootsie has an unbelievable knack for generating fresh, hilarious concepts and collaborating with others to workshop those bits into viable material. - Woody Shitcks- Libertini Marketing Director


4. Plays well with others  

         a. 1/2 of the Urisdae theatrical duo, The Bearenstoned Bears

         b. The salty part of the comedy couple, The Salty Licks

         c . Company member of Annex Theatre.

         d. Has collaborated with wonderful groups including She is Fierce, Noveltease Theatre, and The Stay up Late Show, and The Pocket Theater. 



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