King For A Day™ Drag King Courses
From persona development to makeup, costuming to choreography, working the stage and the audience- this course covers everything you need to know about your mansformation and provides guidance from professions working in the industry.
The toughest part of breaking into the scene is getting booked in your first professional show—DONE!
Week four you will show off your King persona on stage in a live show (both our Session 1 and Session 2 shows have SOLD OUT!).
DK101: The introductory-level intensive 4- week program provides a comprehensive didactic overview across topics along with hands-on practicum, support and guidance by pros, written resources, and an online private group to connect with your fellow classmates (“who wants to hit the Garment District to costume shop?”) and seek advisement from teachers and former graduates (“Here’s a photo of my first try contour make up- tips?”) in between sessions. The full dress rehearsal with feedback from a panel of pros and performing in a professional show are the gems of this course experience. 100% of graduates said they would recommend this course!
DK201: The Advanced Course intensive takes everything you’ve learned in DK101 including the performance you created to the next level. Each advanced course topic is taught experientially by a faculty expert in that area. The advanced level dives deeper into your persona development, increases your choreography capacity (props, movement, stage presence) along with cultivating your show biz skill set (branding, promoting yourself, social media, booking gigs) to be competitive in the marketplace. This course will showcase your advanced mad skills with your performance in another professional show! You must be a graduate of DK101 to enroll in the Advanced Course.
DK101 Introductory Course Format
Weeks 1 & 2:
Two 2-hour classes covering persona, what’s underneath, costuming, make up, song choice, lip syncing, stage and more.
A week for you to pull your costume together, create your choreography, memorize your song lyrics, and practice. KFAD Session 2 (March/April) provides an option to schedule a one-on-one with a choreographer (small additional fee to choreographer). Session 4 (July/August) includes a private one-on-one choreography session reflected in the fee.
Wednesday: Show off what you’ve been creating. Hands on assistance with make up and binding/taping. Full dress rehearsal with tech on stage in front of a panel of professionals who will provide you with helpful tips and guidance to tighten up your performance.
Week 4: Saturday it’s show time!
You bring everything you’ve learned and perform in a show with a live audience. Work those tips and you’ll help offset what you paid for this course! Session 1 show SOLD OUT. Session 2 show SOLD OUT. Session 3 show currently on sale.
King for a Day™ is brought to you by:
Kristen Porter Presents (course creator/event producer/promoter) began producing/hosting Drag King shows in 1999 and has worked with countless Kings and Troupes from around the world. Numerous amateurs who have gone on to become professional performers got their start at one of her many sold out shows. For more info, click here
Jamison KA St. James (DK101 faculty) is a Casanova from the jungles of Vietnam. He has been romancing the ladies, gents and nonbinary on stage for over 15 years. He is a former member of the Royal Renegades drag king troupe (Columbus, OH), was featured in the drag documentary Kings, Queens & In Betweens, and performed at the Austin International Drag Festival. His titles include Mistah Boston Pride 2017 and Mister Gay United States Male Illusionist 2016.
Perri Mertens (graphics, designer, social media) brings 25 years of experience in marketing and communications as an expert in branding, website design, marketing campaign development. Perri has been Marketing Director and Operations Manager of Kristen Porter Presents since 2009.
Special Guest teachers change with each Session and have included TransTape (presenter and co-sponsor), Lucifer Christmas, Randy Andy, Nat King Pole, and Michael Gaucher.
Partial seed support for the inaugural course was provided by Boston Pride Community Fund.
DK101: Introductory Course
Session 2 March-April 2019 Course is FULL
Session 3 July-August: Course is FULL
Session 4: Fall- Currently accepting applications
DK201: Advanced Course April- June
Interested, please complete the application below. Space is limited. Applications will be reviewed in the order in which they are submitted. Location of all classes and show is Club Cafe, 209 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA 02116
Session 1 and 2: FULL
Session 3: Full