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Meet Maggie ThrillEmAll

Today we’d like to introduce you to Maggie ThrillEmAll.

Maggie, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
After seeing Gypsy for the first time at a small dinner theater when I was in High School, I always wanted to become a burlesque performer. I lacked much of the confidence required, and also was very self-conscious about my weight. As I got older, I met a few people who were performers and they encouraged me to take classes, but I still had self-image issues and was also in an abusive relationship that discouraged me from doing anything that made me feel good about myself.

Shortly after I got married to my abuser, I decided to sign up for the local roller derby league in Denver. This created a lot of issues in my marriage because I now had a hobby that boosted my self-confidence and provided a very supportive community. The more involved I got with skating, the worse the abuse was. Eventually, everything came to a head after nearly nine years of marriage and I reported my husband to the police and filed for divorce. I ended up losing my job, partly due to the amount of work I had to miss in relation to my divorce. At this point, I made the decision to move to Los Angeles. My life had changed drastically, and I didn’t have any reason to stay in Denver.

Once in L.A., I joined one of the local roller derby teams, but it didn’t feel right anymore (mostly because my ex had ruined it for me), so I decided to retire. Since I felt like I had pretty much been to hell and back, I had no fears. I decided it was time to take a crack at burlesque. I took a dance class and an act development class and started making friends. Eventually, my new friends and I bonded and decided to start a troupe together. Almost two years later, we run a monthly residency show at Idle Hour in North Hollywood, are booked frequently for private events, and now have a new show on Hollywood Boulevard at the Foxhole. We’ve made it a point to focus on hiring and mentoring newer performers because it is so difficult to get booked when you are new.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It’s definitely been tough….lots of struggles. Learning how to navigate the burlesque world as a newer performer, learning how to produce shows, also dealing with the constant inner struggle of feeling like you’re not good enough.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
We are a burlesque troupe that produces shows and performs for private functions. We perform in other shows as soloists, as well as a group. We have a variety of talents amongst the group. I eat fire, one performer is a singer, another is an aerialist, and one is a fairytale fiction writer. We pride ourselves on being very supportive to all performers within the community.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
The past year has been a whirlwind. We produced our first show as a group a year ago, and since then, we’re regularly producing at least one show a month. We’ve recently started a new show at a new venue that drew a far bigger crowd than we had originally planned and are looking forward to the next one in March.

Contact Info:

  • Phone: 720-300-3999
  • Email: thebroadbrigade@gmail.com
  • Instagram: @thebroadbrigade @maggieputsomepantson
  • Facebook: The Broad Brigade

Image Credit:
Dave Wood Photo, Daniel J. Sliwa, Michelle Alizabeth Blake, Kyle Saylor

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