Paul Festa as Stringendo in The Glitter Emergency

Paul Festa
writer, producer, director
editor, designer, violinist
role of Stringendo
photo: Tom Schmidt


Paul Festa’s first film, Apparition of the Eternal Church (2006, 51 min), captures the responses of 31 artists to the apocalyptic music of Olivier Messiaen (with Justin Bond, John Cameron Mitchell, Harold Bloom; screenings: Grace Cathedral, Barbican Centre, Library of Congress; “Remarkable”—The New Yorker; “Stunning”—Chicago Sun-Times; “Sublime”—Globe & Mail; numerous awards). Festa performs the Tchaikovsky violin concerto, opposite members of the San Francisco Ballet and The Cockettes, in his award-winning second film, The Glitter Emergency (2010, 20 min), a silent-film drag ballet comedy (“Enormous visual and musical inventiveness…full of pleasure and joy...Festa gives a bravura performance."—Film Threat). He produced, wrote and edited, with director Austin Forbord, and was chief archivist, for the Emmy-nominated documentary Stage Left: A Story of Theater in San Francisco (2010, 80 min: with Robin Williams, Bill Irwin, Peter Coyote; screenings: Geary Theater, KQED; “Intriguing...entertaining...a valuable record”—Variety). Performances as violinist and actor: ODC Theater, Center for Performance Research, Kunst-Stoff, TheatreFIRST, North Bay Shakespeare, Albert Fuller's Helicon Ensemble (Merkin Hall, Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall). US, Boston, NYC, SF, LA and DC (Coolidge Auditorium at the Library of Congress on the “Betts” Stradivarius) premieres of Messiaen’s Fantaisie for violin and piano. He is the author of OH MY GOD: Messiaen in the Ear of the Unbeliever, based on Apparition of the Eternal Church, and several anthologized essays, and has written for The Daily BeastSalonNerve, and The New York Times Book Review. Current projects include a novel and Tie It Into My Hand (2014, ca. 80 min), a documentary feature that has screened as a work in progress at the Cannes film market and at ODC Theater in San Francisco (with Alan Cumming, Gary Graffman, Peter Coyote, Mink Stole, Robert Pinsky; "A fascinating exploration of the artistic life, as rollickingly entertaining as it is insightful and stirring"—San Francisco Bay Guardian). Education: Yale (B.A.; prizes, honors, distinction), Juilliard (Cert., Adv. Cert., scholarships). Residencies: Yaddo, MacDowell, ODC Theater, Centre des Récollets.
A versatile theater-maker, Kevin collaborates with choreographers, playwrights, filmmakers, performance artists and drag queens. He is company member of Berkeley's Shotgun Players and of Mark Jackson's Art Street Theatre. He has originated roles in many of Jackson's plays including Death of Meyerhold, The Forest War, and Io! Princess of Argos! He directed Jackson’s one-man show, I Am Hamlet, and the pair teamed up to co-direct Faust Pt1 (both received Critics Circle nominations). Company member of Chris Black/POTRZEBIE Dance Project, Kevin has danced in much of Black’s work. In 2002, Kevin directed the revival performances of Black’s The Ecstasy of Saint Whatsername (Isadora Duncan Dance Award winner). In 2001, Kevin co-founded, with Monique Jenkinson, the performance duo Hagen & Simone; together they were ODC Artists in Residence in 2005. Kevin has appeared in the short films of Kia Simon and was a featured extra in Gus Van Sant’s Milk. Clarke graduated from Cornell University in 1989 with a BFA in Painting and a concentration in Mathematics.

Kevin Clarke, assistant director, designer featured extra in The Glitter Emergency

Kevin Clarke
co-director and designer
role of homeless guy / samurai

Myles Thatcher
choreographer, boot double to Mr. Festa
photo: Daniel Nicoletta

Born in Atlanta, Myles started studying ballet at the age of nine and trained at the San Francisco Ballet School, Ellison Ballet, and The Harid Conservatory. Myles acted as the student choreographer for the San Francisco Ballet School at Toronto's Assemblée Internationale, and has danced pas de deuxs from ballets including Le Corsaire, Giselle, and Balanchine's Stars and Stripes. In 2009, he was named apprentice in the San Francisco Ballet and will return in the 2010-2011 season as part of their corps.
A native of Livermore, California, Ben Estabrook graduated from UCLA, where he studied dance for the camera and directed Gimme Shelter, his first dance film. Ben is videographer and editor for Rapt Productions, whose clients include the San Francisco Ballet, LINES Ballet, ODC Dance, Joe Goode Performance Group, Anna Halprin and other local dance companies. In 2007 he participated in a dance film workshop with Belgian filmmaker Thierry De Mey at UCLA. In 2008, he shot a pre-production pilot for the dance film Labyrinth Within at the Headlands Center for the Arts, directed by Swedish choreographer Pontus Lidberg and featuring collaborator Greta Schoenberg. He and Mrs. Schoenberg created Glimpses, a dance film study of light and shadow as well as Float, a project for the REVIVE Screendance workshop using students from the LINES BFA program. He created, with choreographer Katie Faulkner, a work for a live dance performance commissioned by UC Berkeley. 

Ben Estabrook
director of photography
photo: Paul Festa



Matthew's alter-ego Peggy L'Eggs has performed at Finocchio's, Trannyshack, Theatre Rhino, Folsom Street Fair, Marc Huestis Presents at the Castro Theatre, Midnight Mass with Peaches Christ, Steve Murray's ViVa Variety and other San Francisco clubs. Ms. L'Eggs has performed with Velocity Circus; her solo show Pink Ladies and Steak debuted at the 2002 Sydney Arts Festival.


Matthew Simmons
role of Peggy the Peg-Leg Ballerina
assistant director
photo: Daniel Nicoletta


Sylvie Volosov
role of The Ballerina
photo: Daniel Nicoletta

A native of Brooklyn, Sylvie trained with the School of American Ballet for nine years and performed as a student with the New York City Ballet. Upon graduating from Professional Performing Arts School in New York City, she moved to San Francisco and became a trainee with the San Francisco Ballet. As an apprentice and an upcoming corps de ballet member of the San Francisco Ballet, she has danced numerous roles both contemporary and classical.

Jaime, born in Madrid, was named an apprentice at San Francisco Ballet in 2001, joined the Company as a corps de ballet member the following year, and was promoted to soloist in 2006 and to principal dancer in 2008. Garcia Castilla has performed featured roles in Tomasson's Giselle; Benvolio in Tomasson’s Romeo & Juliet; and Nutcracker Prince, Snow King, and Jack-in-the-Box in Tomasson's Nutcracker. Prizes include the People's Prize and first prize at the International Competition in Zaragoza, Spain in 1998, and the Prize of Excellence and Contemporary Dance Prize at the Prix de Lausanne in 2001.

Jaime Garcia Castilla
role of a Pixie
photo: Daniel Nicoletta

Martyn Garside, role of a Pixie in The Glitter Emergency

Martyn Garside
role of a Pixie
photo: Dan Nicoletta

Born in 1984 in Yorkshire, U.K., Martyn began studies at London's Royal Ballet School at age 11. At 18 he won a silver medal dancing in the Adeline Genée Awards at the Sydney Opera House. Martyn graduated with honors and moved to San Francisco to dance with the San Francisco Ballet, where he is now in his seventh and final season. He has collaborated with choreographers including Mark Morris, James Kudelka, and Yuri Zhukov. 

Performance artist, fashion designer and stylist Eric Glaser was born and raised in San Francisco, where his sculpturally informed fashions are instantly recognizable in the city’s drag scene, as they are on the Burning Man playa. Eric launched HissyFIT! Fashions in January 2009.

Eric Glaser costumes for Pixies and Evil Stepsisters  role of an Evil Stepsister in The Glitter Emergency

Eric Glaser
role of an Evil Stepsister
costumes for Pixies and Evil Stepsisters
photo: Dan Nicoletta

Rumi Missabu, role of an Evil Stepsister in The Glitter Emergency

Rumi Missabu
role of an Evil Stepsister
photo: Dan Nicoletta

Rumi is an original member of The Cockettes, San Francisco’s legendary drag troupe whose musicals are now enjoying a robust revival. Rumi appears currently in the Thrillpeddlers production of Pearls Over Shanghai. Screen credits include Tricia's Wedding, Palace, Elevator Girls in Bondage, and a prominent role in David Weissman’s beloved 2002 documentary The Cockettes.
Ricochet, based in Oakland, is the duet project of Cohdi Harrell and Laura Stokes. Weaving metaphor and spectacle, Ricochet is known for its distinct combination of poetic acrobatics and charm. More about the duo at

Ricochet is Cohdi Harrell and Laura Stokes, role of the Aerialists in The Glitter Emergency

Cohdi Harrell and Laura Stokes
role of the Aerialists



The Glitter Emergency

Sylvie Volosov
The Ballerina

Jaime Garcia Castilla and Martyn Garside
The Pixies

Eric Glaser and Rumi Missabu
The Depraved Evil Stepsisters

Kevin Clarke
Homeless guy / samurai

Samurai Bull Terrier

Artist Malcolm Drake 
Queen of the Host Committee

Cohdi Harrell and Laura Stokes
The Aerialists

Paul Festa

Matthew Simmons
Peggy, The Peg-Leg Ballerina

Written, produced, directed, edited, accompanied and designed by Paul Festa

Co-directed and -designed by Kevin Clarke

Choreography by Myles Thatcher

Ben Estabrook
Director of photography


Peggy L'Eggs is a creation of Matthew Simmons

Ball costumes for Peggy, Ballerina and Stringendo
Micqa Griffin
Wysterium Wear

Ball costumes for Pixies and Stepsisters
Eric Glaser

Ball hair design for Peggy and Ballerina
Lorenzo Diaz

Casting by Paul Festa and Martyn Garside

Intertitles designed by Kevin Clarke

Eric Glaser
Dee Leitner
Donna Wood
Gina Novotchin
Artist Malcolm Drake
Jaime Garcia Castilla
Matthew Simmons
Martyn Garside
Kevin Clarke
Kegel Kater
Paul Festa

Additional choreography
Martyn Garside
Jaime Garcia Castilla
Matthew Simmons
Ryan T. Smith 
Kevin Clarke

Additional camera work
Matthew Wolfe
Eric Koziol
Paul Festa

Assistant director
Matthew Simmons

Technical support
Eric Koziol
Ben Estabrook
Sony Green
Matthew Wolfe

Production assistants
Eric Reid
James Harker 
Steven T. Wong

Still photography
Daniel Nicoletta
Tom Schmidt
Jeremy Montemayor

Ball Scene DJ's

Aerialist rigger
Karl Gillick

Aerial consultant
Emily G. Park

Special thanks
Jeremy Briggs and his dolly
Erika Shuch and her anchor
Joseph Copley & Carlos Venturo
and their wardrobe
N. Moses Corrette and Ute

Rob Bailis - ODC Theater
Austin Forbord - Rapt Productions
Chris "Kit" Sinton
Mavis Hawley DeWees and Carole Hines
Linda and Les Plack

Juliette Ideler
George Dusheck
Albert Fuller

Fantasy ballgoers
Beatrice Krivetsky
Sheila Mahoney
Lila Makrynassios
Jerry Nachman
Linda Plack
Les Plack
Janis Mitchell
Barbara Lewis
Lyman Hollins
Whitney Miller
Sophie Siegel
Jamie Walker
Kenneth Helman
David Boyer
Andrew Dewitt
Yves Averous
Donna Lim
Lynn Rothman
Pat Crawford
John "Cayenne" Bonck
Chris "Kit" Sinton

Barry Owen
Mister Wa
Jombi Supastar
Leopard zeppard
Alwyn de Wally
Garreth Farr
Michael Steadman
Carl with Records
Boo Vandersloot
Yves Averous
Kegel Kater
Michael Angel
Jon von Faulken
Natasha Noel
Christopher Ray

John Frank
Ricky Luna
Eric Glaser
Joseph Copley
Carlos Venturo
Coleen Turrell
Raven Le Faye
David Gremard
Martin Hoffman
Jeremiah Turner
Keith "Digger" Chisholm
Mavis Hawley DeWees
Carole Hines
James Harker
Kevin Clarke
Jean Franco
Kale Parker

Piotr Ilych Tchaikovsky
Violin Concerto, Op. 35 (1878)
Canzonetta & Finale
Paul Festa, violin
Music Minus One

Wolfgang Mozart
Serenade #13, K. 525 (1787)
"Eine Kleine Nachtmusik" - Allegro
Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, Zdenek Kosler

"Old Bak Ache"
African Dope Records

screenings and awards
photo gallery
press coverage
press room
Matthew Simmons as the one-legged ballerina on a rollerskate
how to glitterbomb a violin