Raven Nightingale is a burlesque performer and producer from Philadelphia, PA. Raven stumbled upon the art of tease at a young age through her love of pinup and vintage films. She immersed herself in the history of burlesque and gained as much knowledge as she could, learning about the many influencers and legends of burly-q yesteryear such as Lottie Graves, Bambi Jones, Tempest Storm, and Camille 2000 - to name a few. As soon as she was old enough to attend shows, Raven hit the ground running towards the sequins and rhinestones, never looking back. It wouldn't be until 2014, when she performed her very first act. It was a moment when she had felt the most alive. After taking a few years long hiatus to better herself and focus on her two kiddos, Raven returns to the treasured, passionate art form, hoping to make her mark.
Since her return, Raven has performed in several showcases under the instruction of Gingerleigh, the Headmistress of The Philadelphia Burlesque Academy and is a recent Fall 2022 graduate of PBA's Burlesque Act Development series, where she gained valuable knowledge and critiques from a multitude of incredibly, talented powerhouse performers in the industry.
It was also in Fall of 2022 when Raven, along with her partner Bettie, produced their first burlesque show - Tassel Time Warp, which has since turned into a bi-monthly showcase in Philly that takes the audience back in time through the last 50+ years of music. Their platform and dream for TTW is be an inclusive, safe space and to highlight newbie and underserved burlesque performers and communities.
"Going from the weirdo art kid who used to eat lunch by herself in school, to now...still being the weirdo art kid, but surrounded by more weirdo art humans has made my heart so happy. I finally found my people." - Raven