Meet our 2024 OUTstages Resident Artist & Project

We are thrilled to announce the project and the artist for our 2024 OUTstages Residency Program, who will be developing new queer work throughout 2024. They receive a residency fee, studio time, artistic & production mentorship, and a public showing during this season. Stay tuned for more details on this artist, their project and in-development showings of their new work.

Louie Lang Norman – hold fast; soft crash

For this residency, Louie is revisiting a solo performance work that went through a period of development from 2019-2020 in the UK before he took a couple of years hiatus from their arts practice. The piece is titled hold fast; soft crash.

About the artist

Louie Lang Norman (he/they) is a Victoria-based writer and performance artist also known as drag queen Ket Bush (she/her). Originally from the UK, Louie previously had a career as a live artist & experimental writer in Europe before moving to Canada and turning his hand to drag in 2022. Ket is Victoria’s reigning pageant champion and can be found performing most weeks on the Victoria drag scene. Ket produces the drag series ‘Stupid Sessions’ at Friends of Dorothy, and is a founding/core cast member of production collective Drag in Concept.

Out of drag, Louie has produced solo shows internationally, including ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: the whole story’ (Vierte Welt Berlin, Germany 2017), ‘Kate Bush: This Woman’s Works’ (The Flying Dutchman London, UK 2018) and ‘Breaking Up With JK Rowling’ (SPILL International Festival of Performance, UK 2018; INKONST, Sweden 2019; The Exeter Phoenix, UK 2019). Louie has presented his research on fandoms and fan performances at symposiums and guest lectured in Europe & North America (University of Bristol, University of Geißen, University of Southern California, University of Victoria). His forthcoming chapter ‘Fantheatre and the Emancipated Spectator in A Very Potter Musical’ will be published in ‘Theatre Fandom’ (University of Iowa Press, 2024).

Louie has a BA(Hons) in Performance Art (Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, UK, 2017) and a MA in Poetic Practice (Royal Holloway, UK, 2018).

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