Performer Applications

Austin, TX. Texas Burlesque Festival is now accepting performer applications for its 16th annual raucous hoedown & showdown celebrating all things burlesque/cabaret, Friday and Saturday May 12th & 13th, 2023 at The Rollins Theatre at the Long Center.

The festival is presented by Texas Burlesque Productions – a Texas Not For Profit Corporation that celebrates the renaissance of all performances burlesque, cabaret and vaudeville in nature and strives to foster a supportive community among performers in Texas and across the United States and the World through networking and professional performance opportunities. Get ready for some real Texas hospitality!

The Texas Burlesque Festival is aimed at the local, regional, national as well as international community of burlesque artists. This will be a great opportunity for a limited number of selected performers to showcase their bump and grind skills at a weekend featuring audience choice and in-house performer awards, workshops, parties, and a performer brunch/roundtable with our Legend on May 14th.

Be a part of an impressive cast! We’re making Texas Burlesque Festival a little more selective this year, with only 10 performance spots per night! We’re looking for an amazing mix of solos, duets, trios, and ensembles to fill each showcase.

Both nights will have an audience choice award. Performers may opt out of the competition each night without it affecting their application status.

NEW THIS YEAR! Due to the generous support of our lead sponsor Forbidden Fruit, all acts chosen to perform will be receive a $100 stipend* and can attend the workshop taught by our headliner on Saturday for free! And we will be doing in-house performer awards, fun and frivolous categories voted on by your peers. Awards will be presented at the brunch.

*$100 stipend per number not per individual performer

Applications for the 2023 Texas Burlesque Festival are now closed. Thanks to all who applied!

Notices for acceptance/denial will be sent no later than March 1st so check your inbox. Have a question or concern about your application? Email us at