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 five you will show off your King persona on stage in a live show (all of our King for A Day Shows have SOLD OUT!).
King for a Day (KFAD) is an intensive 5- week 6- session program that provides a comprehensive didactic overview across topics along with hands-on practicum, video tutorial, a stocked Tool Box filled with all the supplies you need for your mansformation, support and guidance by pros, written resources, and an online private group to connect with your fellow classmates and seek advisement from teachers and former graduates 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.
KFAD Course Format
Weeks 1 & 2: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Two 2.5 -hour classes covering persona, what’s underneath, costuming, make up, song choice, lip syncing, stage and more. During these two weeks outside of class you develop your persona and a performance number.
Workshop your number! Bring your vision and ideas for your performance along with your song and work on putting your act together.
Week 4: 30 minute one-on-one session
One on one session – performer your number in front of a drag show choreographer who helps you take it to the next level.
Week 5: 6:00- 8:30 pm
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 5: 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! All KFAD shows have sold out in advance.
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, and Michael Gaucher.
Partial seed support for the inaugural course was provided by Boston Pride Community Fund.
2020 Spring Session 6: Currently taking applications
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
2020 Spring Session
April 15, 2020 6:00-8:30 pm
April 22, 2020 6:00-8:30 pm
April 29, 2020 Time TBD
May 6, 2020 Individual 30 min sessions between 4:00 pm- 9:00 pm (you will sign up for your slot in advance)
May 13, 2020 6:00-8:30 pm Dress rehearsal with tech. A panel of professionals will provide feedback to take your performance to the next level for the show
May 16, 2020 SHOW TIME 7 pm call time, show 8:00 – 9:30 pm
2020 Fall Session
September 2, 2020 6:00-8:30 pm
September 9, 2020 6:00-8:30 pm
September 16, 2020 Time TBD
September 23, 2020 Individual 30 min sessions between 4:00 pm- 9:00 pm (you will sign up for your slot in advance)
September 30, 2020 6:00-8:30 pm Dress rehearsal with tech. A panel of professionals will provide feedback to take your performance to the next level
October 3, 2020 SHOW TIME 7 pm call time, show 8:00 – 9:30 pm
NOTE: We have graduated 46 new kings in 2019- and many have gone on to award winning professionals! We have made a strategic decision to drop down to only two KFAD courses in 2020 so that we do not over-saturate the market.