Glitter Gizzard is an international physical theatre collective of Women that create with a taste for dark comedy and unabashed inventiveness. 

...enthusiastic, hilarious, existential, shape shifting magic….it’s energized, fun, fully committed, creative and experimental. It’s the kind of thing you don’t get to see anywhere else.
— Plank Magazine, 2015

WE MAKE WORK WITH shared interest in vaudeville and cabaret, clown, bouffon, And The ancient practices of mask and puppetry.WE use strong Physical character proposals To launch OUR creative process and unearth original stories that ask difficult questions about the human condition. This process is dedicated TO celebrating and CAlling out to the comedic, the strange, the poetic, the grotesque, and the unexpecteD.

Janessa Johnsrude  

Co-Creator of The Seminar With Madge and Taffy & Camel Camel

Janessa in an artist from the Canadian Prairies. She lives and works in California at Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre and is a graduate of their MFA program. She crafts character teeth for professional performers with her company Necessiteeth: The Ultimate Mouth Masks and teaches theatre at Pelican Bay State Prison as co-founder of their first theatre arts program. Janessa has worked and studied in Canada, the Czech Republic, Bali, Egypt and the U.S.A as a performer and teaching artist. Her loves and interests lie in comedic duos, transformative character, cabaret, vaudeville, mask, mycology, the woods, and coral reefs. You can learn more about her at

AlLie Menzimer

Co-Creator of The Seminar With Madge and Taffy

Allie was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. After eighteen years for reading everything that couldn't crawl away, she migrated south to attend UC Santa Barbara, where she earned her BFA in Acting and performed with Boxtales Theater Company. After a stint in the 9 - 5 workforce and the world of self-produced theatre, Allie turned her toes north to spend three years earning her MFA at the Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre. Upon graduation in 2014, she continued north to Portland, OR to join the next generation of Pacific Northwestern theatremakers, appearing with Oregon Children's Theatre and solving murders with a local dinner theatre troupe. 

MeghAN frank

Co-Creator of Camel Camel 

Currently living in her hometown of Denver, CO, Meghan is an MFA graduate of Dell’Arte International and was a faculty member from 2012-2014. She is a 2015 Creative Community Fellow. Meghan usually looses her keys, which is her commitment to bountiful creative chaos.  She has worked all over the world and finds great joy in collaboration. You can learn more about her at


Glitter Gizzard is officially sponsored by Necessiteeth: The Ultimate Mouth Masks

Glitter Gizzard members are graduates of Dell'Arte International Schoool of Physical Theatre's Master of Fine Arts in Ensemble Based Physical Theatre Program