Shelly Mars is an established solo performance artist based in Manhattan who has entertained and shocked audiences in the US and around the world for 20 years.

Mars’ solo shows include The Homobonobo Project (2012), Bug Chasers (2005), Sex on Mars (2001), Whiplash: Tales of a Tomboy (1999), and Invasion from Mars (1997). Venues have included Abrons Theater (Performa 2009), PS 122, New York Theatre Workshop, The Kitchen, Dixon Place, and Highways Performance Space. Sex on Mars enjoyed a five-month run in Provincetown, MA in 2000. Her monologues have also been published in the book Creating Your Own Monologue.

As one of the first “drag kings” of the late 1980s, Mars appeared all over TV (Kids in the Hall, Phil Donahue, Montel Williams, Sally Jessy Raphael) and in many films, including Drop Dead Rock with Debbie Harry and Adam Ant, Jennie Livingston’s Who’s the Top?, the HBO special Drag Kings, and the independent documentary Venus Boyz.

Recently, Mars has been Artist in Residence at NYC’s Museum of Sex and has received grants from the New York State Council on the Arts (2010), the Arcus Foundation, the Gill Foundation, and the Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art.

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