"Watching Carla Rossi perform is like watching a chameleon change colors," The Standford Daily.
"Anthony Hudson has always stepped onto the stage wearing the masks of both tragedy and comedy—and if it’s as Carla Rossi, you can bet she stole those masks," Willamette Week.
Photo by Bryan Clavel
Anthony Hudson(Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde) is a multidisciplinary artist and writer perhaps best known as Portland, Oregon’s premier drag clown CARLA ROSSI, an immortal trickster whose attempts at realness almost always result in fantastic failure. Together they have been featured at the the New York Theatre Workshop, La Mama (NYC), Portland and Seattle Art Museums, the Vancouver Queer Film Festival, the 2019 Portland Biennial, the Risk/Reward Festival, PICA's TBA Festival, Melbourne’s Yirramboi Festival, and more, in addition to regularly hosting and programming QUEER HORROR – the only LGBTQ+ horror film screening series in the United States – at the historic Hollywood Theatre. Anthony was named a 2018 National Artist Fellow from the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, a 2018 Western Arts Alliance Native Launchpad Artist, a 2019 Oregon Arts Commission Fellow, a 2021 First Peoples Fund Fellow, and has received project support and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, National Performance Network, USArtists International, the Oregon Community Foundation, the Regional Arts and Culture Council, the Portland Art Museum & NW Film Center, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Ucross Foundation, Caldera Arts Center, and more. Anthony also co-hosts the weekly queer feminist horror podcast GAYLORDS OF DARKNESS with writer Stacie Ponder.
Atamira Dance Co./Te Wheke
Photo by Matty Newton
Queer Horror: Gravest Hits
Queer Horror isn’t just the United States’ only LGBTQ+ feature-length horror screening series – it started as a short film festival incorporating live drag and burlesque acts in a riotous multimedia program asking what it means to identify with the monster. Queer Horror: Gravest Hits presents the silliest and most ghoulish international horror shorts by, starring, and about queers culled from four years of Queer Horror’s short film nights. Hosted by Portland’s premiere drag clown (and Queer Horror programmer) Carla Rossi, Queer Horror: Gravest Hits will leave you shook, slain, and screaming for more. Queer Horror: Gravest Hits runs approximately 90 minutes, opens with a live one-act drag play performed by Carla Rossi and Pepper Pepper (PDX), and features multimedia-interactive drag numbers between the films.
Basic technical needs: Proscenium, thrust, or black-box with minimum 25” wide by 15” deep stage, LED or conventional lighting support, large-scale projection screen and LCD projector with HDMI connectivity for touring MacBook Pro (running A/V output in Keynote or VLC), professional sound system including wireless and/or headset mics for performers, and dressing room(s) for up to 5 performers with mirrors, electrical outlets, and running water. Tech rehearsal before or day-of with four hours allotted before show for makeup.
Carla Rossi Does Drag
"Carla Rossi Does Drag" - Portland, Oregon’s premier drag clown Carla Rossi – the ghost of white privilege – is on a quest to prove herself in Carla Rossi Does Drag! In this hourlong multimedia-based piece of drag theatre, the internationally-touring (and ever inept) Carla responds to a challenge that she doesn’t do drag anymore by failing to do just that. Featuring song, monologue, too many wigs, and interactive “Rossivision” video and scenography with sequences celebrating and lampooning Netflix’s The Circle, Chicago, Russian Doll, and more, Carla Rossi Does Drag is a brand new theatrical experience and video cabaret, all decked out in the signature surreality of Carla’s world.
Basic technical needs: Proscenium, thrust, or black-box with minimum 25” wide by 15” deep stage, LED or conventional lighting support, large-scale projection screen and LCD projector with HDMI connectivity for touring MacBook Pro (running A/V output in Keynote or VLC), wings for quick changes, professional sound system including wireless and/or headset mic (wireless preferred for quick changes), and dressing room with mirrors, electrical outlets, and running water. Tech rehearsal before or day-of with four hours allotted before show for break and makeup.