The Dark Arts Ball

December 9, 2017
Venue: The Arts Asylum (link)
City: Kansas City, Missouri
Open to: All Local and National Performers
Submissions close: July 1st, 2017

Guidelines for Submisison

Thank you for your interest in applying for The Dark Arts Ball, an exploration of the dark themes of fantasy. The Dark Arts Ball will be produced by KC Perform, which is a collaboration between Odd Fox, Inc. and Cher D. Blame, introducing special guest producer Martika.

We are looking to hire 5 performers performing Two numbers or One 10-15 minute number. Please read through the entire set of guidelines before you begin the application.

If you are unable to fill out the Application below due to technical difficulties, CLICK HERE to fill out our identical Google Form.


  • Fill Out and Submit Application Below
  • Submit $10 application fee (please reference your e-mail/performer name)
  • E-mail 2 or 3 High-Res photos to for promotional use (you must have permission/own the rights to the photos). If you do not have any high resolution photos, please send an e-mail and let us know the circumstances to complete your application.


The Dark Arts Ball will be a sexy, extravagant, and wicked affair celebrating the of the supernatural fiction. From the imaginations of J.K. Rowling, Neil Gaiman, George R. R. Martin, from television shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Once Upon a Time, True Blood, and from films like The Labyrinth, Crimson Peak, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and The Passion of the Christ, we’ve encountered sordid characters that we love to hate, and love to love. Explore the dark side of fantasy at the one and only… Dark Arts Ball.

We prefer your act to represent the darker side of reality/fantasy. It can be humorous, sexy, or even contemplative, we don’t mind! If you’re not entirely sure about your subject matter, you may e-mail us your questions at


You are not limited in what type or kind of performance you may submit. We accept Burlesque submissions, Magicians, Drag Queens/Kings, Aerial, Lyra, Poetry/Spoken Word, Music Performance, Shibari, Contortionists, Sideshow acts, Singing, Clown acts, any combination of these, and anything else we haven’t thought to include.

Music Performance: We would prefer an act with minimal setup, or something that can be either set up quickly (less than 3 min) or torn down quickly, so we can dedicate a Intermission for whichever (setup or take down) takes longer. If we choose your musical act, we will combine your act into one longer set of up to 15 minutes, which should give you time for about 3 average-length songs. Since this is a over-the-top, theatrical show, we will be looking to wow our audience, so please be mindful of our theme.


Two Performances: 3-8 minutes each, not including setup/breakdown. If one of your acts is 10-15 minutes, it will be considered two acts in one.
One Performance: 10-15 minutes, not including setup/breakdown. Will be paid the same.


Each performer will be paid a minimum of $60 plus $0.25 per ticket sold before the first Intermission. Total seating available in the Arts Asylum is well over 200 seats. The checks will be cut during the second intermission and distributed at the end of the show.


You will have access to merch tables to sell any merchandise you bring. Please either make yourself (or an assistant) available to sell your wares.
We will reach out to you to allow us to create some special merchandise on our dime, and split the profits with you, including stickers, promotional items, prints, etc.


We cannot arrange out of town transportation to Kansas City, MO, but we can arrange transportation from your housing to the venue, as well as to and from the airport, if required.


If you require housing, we will happily arrange comfortable housing for you free of charge. If you are making your own arrangements, please let us know this information well ahead of time.


The showdate is December 9, 2017.

  • You must be available for Tech Rehearsal between 11:00am and 3:00pm. You may schedule your tech ahead of time, and if this constraint is impossible, we will work with you on a case by case basis.
  • After Tech, you’re free to do whatever you want until Check-in. If you have Merch, now’s the time to set it up.
  • Check-in is at 7:00pm in the dressing room and set up your spot if you haven’t already.
  • Between 7:30-8:00~ we will be conducting a VIP meet and greet where people who purchase VIP tickets will be able to peruse vendor tables and take photos with the cast. You must be present for this. You do not need to be in full makeup or a fancy outfit, unless you want to. This is a great way to get people on your mailing list, sell your merch in person, and let your new fans get to know you.
  • After the Meet & Greet, you will have about an hour to get yourself ready backstage before the show begins. If you are not in the first act, you’ll have a bit more time to mingle if you prefer.
  • Show Begins: 9:00pm
  • Show Ends: 11:30/12:00
  • December 10, 2017 ~10:00AM~ We usually arrange a cast brunch after our shows, not required, but we’d love to have you join us!


Your Application will not be considered until you submit your $10 application fee below via Paypal. This will help us defray the costs of renting the theater, marketing, creating merchandise, etcetera.

Once your Application has been accepted for review, we will send you a confirmation email within 48 hours. Any inquiries about submission status may be sent to


Submissions will close on July 1, 2017, and we will contact the selected performers on or before July 10, 2017 and offer them a contract. Performers will have until Wednesday, July 13, 2017 to accept and sign contracts (or decline participation) or we will give their spot to another performer.

All applications will be retained and referenced for future shows, and you may be invited to headline/perform in a future show without being required to resubmit an application or fee.

Please fill out the Application Below:

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If you can’t use the above application Typeform, here’s a link to our google form, which will count the same:


Once you’ve submitted the application above, you’ll need to submit your $10 application fee. Please use the secure Paypal button below. Once you’ve submitted both your application and the fee, please send 1-3 high res photos for marketing purposes to If you do not have any high resolution photos, please send an e-mail and let us know the circumstances.

If you do not have a Paypal account – You are not required to have a Paypal account to send the application fee. Once you click on the button, you have the option to check out using a debit or credit card without creating or logging into an account. Below is a screenshot of what you will see with the correct option circled.