Apply to perform in
the 6th International Nerdlesque Festival!



Applications to perform in the 6th International Nerdlesque Festival, April 3-5 2020 at Coney Island USA are now open!

SOLO/DUET Applications here!

Troupe Applications here!

Why Choose

The Nerdlesque Festival is the only Burlesque Festival that offers act development and feedback to all applicants. If selected to perform in the 5th International Nerdlesque Festival, you will also receive:

  • Quality photos and video of your act filmed on the stage of historic Coney Island USA

  • A complimentary ticket to view the night of the festival show that you are not performing in

  • A thank you package from the production team and our sponsors

  • Incomparable access to classes from our headliners, feature performers, and hosts through the New York School of Burlesque

  • Discounts to local Coney Island attractions including the Sideshow & Coney Island Museum

  • The opportunity to perform in or attend the Festival Closing Event Peer Review featuring a panel of our headliners, hosts, and legends. Open exclusively to performers and the performance community

  • The option to participate in community partner housing. We have local performers open their homes and through the help of a lifestyle survey, partner them with performers in the festival to create a "burlesque buddy" system and limit expenses for out of towners. Please note that performer housing is only available to performers in the festival and cannot extend to partners. Accessibility is limited.

PLUS! All applicants are invited to participate in a 10-minute Video Feedback session on your submissions including both development feedback as well as festival application pointers with Executive Producer Lefty Lucy!

Keeping the Nerdlesque Festival a Safe Space