As part of the upcoming show and exhibition Workin’ the Tease: The Art of Baltimore Burlesque presented by the students of MICA’s Exhibition Design Seminar, the performers were invited to participate in photographer Sean Scheidt’s burlesque series documenting local burlesque performers in and out of costume. This is just one of the amazing photographs he took of me. I think it captures perfectly my persona as the Sweetheart of Dark. To see the rest of the images and Sean’s other photography work, please visit his website.

Photo by Sean Scheidt

Photo by Sean Scheidt

Mourna Handful, The Sweetheart of Dark A delectable dichotomy of sweet and spice, Mourna Handful is a DC/MD/VA-based burlesque performer and a co-founder of Black Tassel Boolesque, who produce shows from the dark and decadent to the creepy and campy. She focuses on character and narration to create storytelling striptease that will make you scream with delight. Mourna made her way from wide-eyed audience member to onstage ecdysiast by way of Trixie Littleā€™s Burlesque Bootcamp. Since then she has performed up and down the East Coast and has appeared in the Jim Thorpe Burlesque Festival, the Pennsylvania Burlesque Festival, and ABSfest. She has been a three-time guest performer for Queen of Burlesque Angie Pontani's Burlesque-a-Pades and has shared the stage with 2012 King of Boylesque Russell Bruner and the incomparable compere Armitage Shanks, as well as musical acts Voltaire, Hellblinki, and This Way to the Egress. When you see this buxom contradiction of naughty and nice, be prepared to be whisked away to a storyland in another time and another place, and where the inhabitants are slightly naked.