Welcome to the Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival 2021, where everyone is welcome, and everyone is a nerd!

CNCF celebrates all that is the nerd comedy scene: stand-up, sketch, improv, burlesque, podcasts, and so much more! Once again, we’re coming to you virtually and safely in your own home. Join us for one glorious weekend, May 13th - 15th, and see nerdy comedy acts from all over the country.

Please sign up for your Sched profile, and build your own schedule of shows you want to see. Once you register, the streaming links of your selected shows will be emailed to you the day of those shows. No tickets or admission fees are required.

Please contact us with any questions, concerns, or puns at chicagonerdfest@gmail.com. We’d love to hear from you!

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gaea lady

raks geek
Chicago, Illinois

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hi!  i'm gaea!
here's a bit about me :

Gaea Lady is an enchantress by nature; a force that will make you feel the earth move. Integrating a lifetime of experience, Gaea cultivates an intentional style that is all her own. She seeks to share knowledge and empower others through her performances, events, nourishment, & instruction. She manifests community everywhere she goes, by forging connections that are grounded in inspiration, mutual support, & self-transformation.


Ranked internationally in the top 50 of the “most influential burlesque artists” for the past 2 years, Gaea has performed all over the globe: notably at the Burlesque Hall of Fame 2016 where she won “Best Debut” and “Most Classic”; at the 2017 & 2018 “Icons & Allstars” show; in the “Movers, Shakers, and Innovators” Showcase with the Vertical Sideshow in 2017; and in competition for the Queen of Burlesque in 2019. Gaea headlined Carnivale de Sensuale in Denver, Spellbound Burlesque in Phoenix, Indianapolis’s Private Exhibition, Dallas’s Texas Star Burlesque, & shows in Rome, Torino, & Treviso, Italy.  She graces festival stages with feature performances & instruction: including Show Me (St. Louis), Minneapolis Burlesque Festival, Envision (Costa Rica), Electric Forest (Michigan), BurlyCon (Seattle), Symbiosis (California), Oregon Eclipse (Oregon), Burningman (Nevada), and Bhakti Fest (California). In her home base of Chicago, Gaea performs regularly all over her home city of Chicago: Unbridled at Untitled, the Vertical Sideshow, the Drifter, the House of Blues, Raks Geek, the Darling, Alhambra Palace, and more.  

Gaea brings the electric passion of her performances to her teaching, which she has been practicing in all forms of dance since the age of 16. She aims to inspire students to express their innate magic through embodiment, presence, and technique. Traveling across the world, she has taught at BurlyCon, the New York School of Burlesque, New Orleans School of Burlesque, Studio L’amour, Minneapolis Burlesque Festival, Detroit School of Burlesque, Danyasa in Costa Rica, and in Denver, Reno, Phoenix, Indianapolis, Italy, St. Croix USVI, the San Francisco Bay Area, Ohio, & St. Louis. Currently she is extending her teaching reach by co-producing fire dancing retreats with Kiki Mason: Ignite Your Inner Flame Retreat, Shine Your Light Retreat, and Fire Alchemy Gathering make up their trio of embodied transformational fire dancing retreats that draw performers from around the world. 

Gaea is also a vegetarian chef, and she travels the globe to teach and nourish with her kitchen witchery at movement and wellness retreats. Gaea frequently facilitates & cooks for the Temple Body Arts retreats in Costa Rica with Sofiah Thom & is a certified Temple Body Artist. 



Videos: vimeo.com/gaealady Performance reel :  https://vimeo.com/271714115


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