Armitage Shanks is an Internationally acclaimed Host/MC, Cabaret Singer, Character Performer and Show Director.
Armitage Shanks was featured in the January 2009 issue of PLAYBOY France, The Febuary 2009 issue of Playboy Italy, Dans (Netherlands), as well as TIME OUT LONDON, which hailed him as " One of the darkest-hearted comperes on the burlesque circuit- not only a biting ringmaster, but a unique singer as well".
Dublin's LeCool Magazine branded him as "A Cabaret Legend", and Australia’s Culture & the Media stated, “Armitage Shanks thrilled audiences- resistance to his charismatic gaze was not an option.”
Seattle's THE STRANGER said "Armitage Shanks has a voice like honey-coated gravel. A Victorian Music Hall barker, he struck just the right tone. He was a sinister and louche presence, who put some sex in the air."
Recent credits include his 3rd year as International Host of the London Burlesque Festival and the exclusive host of the Amsterdam Burlesque Festival; host of Big Top Burlesque Follies in Australia; featured performer at Paleis Van De Weemoed and The Supper Club in Amsterdam; Carnevale di Viareggio and Burlesque Garden in Tuscany; Micca Club in Rome; Club Calavera in Hamburg and La Fete Fatale in Berlin.
In the United States performances have included the NYC Burlesque Festival, New York's Le Scandal and The Slipper Room, Little Minsky’s in San Francisco, Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret in Denver, and host of the Carnival Cabaret at "Ink N' Iron"-the largest Tattoo, Music and Custom Car festival in the world.
He is a regular host of both the Pink Door Cabaret and Indigo Blue’s Darkside Cabaret in Seattle.
In collaboration with Fabrizio Gatta Events and Scarlett Martini, Shanks will create a “Caburlesque” spectacular, “Lust is not a Sin”, based on “The Divine Comedy, by Dante.
Armitage Shanks is the director & co-author of the Handsome Little Devils Productions, "Squirm Burpee- A Vaudevillian Melodrama", which premiered "Off-Broadway" in November 2010 at the New Victory Theater in Times Square.
He has also directed and co-written works for Zero Boy, Viva Oz Vegas and the Can Can Cabaret.
Armitage Shanks is the Co-founder and Ringmaster of Circus Contraption, a one-ring, traveling circus, performing around the world since 1998.
He is a Teaching Artist with Arts Corps, a non-profit organization that provides quality arts learning opportunities to youth, regardless of resources or income.
He offers both private, group beginning and masters classes in becoming an MC/Host.
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