Karla Marx

Artistic Director

Karla Marx, the First Comrade of Your Heart, puts the Mao in LMAO! She’s no decadent capitalist queen – she’s a Glamour Comrade: a hard core Socialist revolutionary … of love. With a sharp tongue and even sharper nails, she will always leave you wanting more, more, MOAR. Karla started on stage hosting burlesque and drag shows, performing with Fake Mustache Drag King and Queen Troupe, GLOC (Glamorous Legends of Calgary), Grindhaüs Collective, BassBus, Shock Therapy Drag, as well as stages across western Canada.


Her view of the art of drag is shaped by a few key principles. First, all drag is valid – every person should be welcomed in the drag community regardless of gender, sexuality, or race. Second, after every show she does she wants the audience to wonder “What the f*ck did I just see?" and "Did she really just do that?”


Karla is a drag queen, MC, artistic director of photography and fashion, and a working transfemme model. She is proud to be a board member and artistic director of Cabaret Calgary Productions.