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Artrageous Starry Night.jpg
Formation2014 (2014)
TypeTheatre group
PurposePerformance art, music, painting, dance, puppetry, storytelling
  • John de Wolf (Director, Show Design, Bass, Puppeteer)
  • Lisa de Wolf (Show Design)
  • Lauri Francis (Show Design, Painter, Puppeteer, Vocals, Choreographer)
  • Chris Francis (Show Design, Lighting, Drums, Painter, Puppeteer)
  • Jarvis Moorehead (Vocals, Dancer)
  • Delphia (Vocals, Piano, Composer)
  • Olivia Kirkley (Dancer, Painter)
  • Jaden Francis (Lighting, Puppeteer)
  • Gaelan de Wolf (Singer)
  • Bill Basso (Guitar)
  • Sophia Mitchell (Painter)
  • Jolene Davis (Dancer)
Artistic director(s)
  • Dan Moyer
  • Deborah Noble

ARTrageous is an American touring and virtual performance art company that formed in 2014 from a theater arts community first established in 1980 in Granville Island, British Columbia, Canada. The company began doing street theater in the 80's before growing into an internationally renowned touring band, The Pink Flamingos, as well as performance painters in 1998 with the act The 3 Painters. In 2014 the troupe combined their diverse artistic backgrounds into one show called ARTrageous.[1]

With a history of over 3000 shows performed as an artistic community and averaging over 100 theater performances per year as ARTrageous, the troupe has appeared on TV programs, had multiple national and international tours, and has been featured as primary performers and educators for educational institutions and corporations throughout North America and abroad.[2][3]

The Live Experience[edit]

ARTrageous is known for its blend of multiple art forms into a single, interactive live concert experience for all ages. They are based out of their production offices and studio center located outside of Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.[4]

“ARTrageous is really all about the arts, We try to throw as many different arts as possible on one stage. So if you come to an ARTrageous show, you’re going to see live painting, music, singing, dancing, comedy and audience interaction, and the artists are always collaborating with the musicians, to try to complete their portraits in the amount of time it takes to do the songs. It’s always just like a rush to the finish - every note is being taken up with creating a masterpiece.” Lauri Francis[5]

ARTrageous performances are high-energy and crafted to feature immersive theater encouraging audience participation and typically highlighting several genres of music, dance, puppetry, storytelling, and speed-painted visual art.[6] ARTrageous performances feature 10-12 multi-talented performers in a 90-minute, high-energy, participatory concert, and fine art event.[7]

The various concert elements are highlighted by speed-painted re-creations of iconic works of art (DaVinci’s ‘Mona Lisa’, Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’), colorful portraits of iconic pop culture figures (Freddy Mercury, Prince, Aretha Franklin, Frank Sinatra, Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon, Vincent Van Gogh, Frida Khalo, Marilyn Monroe, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., Ray Charles and more) and American patriotic-themed folk art (American Eagle, Statue of Liberty).[8]

ARTrageous paintings, created live-in-concert, are often auctioned for charity and are on display throughout the United States and internationally in public and private galleries and collections. Each ARTrageous show typically concludes with an impromptu on-stage gallery event, where audience members are invited to view the art created during the show as well as meet and interact with the performers.[9]

Community and Art as a Goal[edit]

The artistic community ARTrageous calls home is a self-sustaining gathering of like-minded artisans, entrepreneurs and persons of all ages and backgrounds, with a 40+ year history living and working together.  The cohesive element, and a clear distinctive of the group, is their goal to unite persons around the world in service to a re-awakening to the importance of art and community - and how these naturally bring people together to enhance quality of life and health.[10][11]

“Artrageous wants to provide an atmosphere where people can participate and not just observeso, for us, it’s all about interacting with the arts. Our message is that it’s important to work with others, as creating art is a whole other level of team work…no two shows are the same, because of the creative aspect of the experience.” John DeWolf , Director [12]

ARTrageous emphasizes a communal effort in their approach to performance and show design.  Themes such as inclusivity, teamwork, and the belief that the spotlight is meant to be shared are evident in their performances and business ethic. No single performer is featured as a “star”, and audience members are often included on stage as co-performers during several portions of their shows.

History & Milestones[edit]


  • Canadian Busking Troupe
  • Bunraku Puppet Theater
  • All and Everything Theater (1980-1984)
  • Comedy, "Dracula" with New Mexico Symphony Orchestra (1982)[13]
  • Frankie and the Corvettes (1981-1987)
  • The Pink Flamingos (1988-present)[14][15]


  • Flamingo Express (1996-2014)
  • Art Explosion (1997-present)



  • ARTrageous (2014-present)[18]
  • ARTreach (2014–present)


  • ARTrageous Live Online (2020)

Education and Charity[edit]

As an arts community, service to others has always been a strong motivator for the company. They believe the arts are a critical piece to childhood education and can help develop empathy. In 2014, ARTreach, a behind-the-scenes version of the ARTrageous show was developed specifically for students. ARTragous has donated over 100 ARTreach shows to communities around the United States. ARTrageous performers put on a 45-minute educational presentation followed by a question-and-answer segment between students and performers. The troupe has also created a study guide for students (K-College age) and teachers to engage with the arts outside of the performance.

“Children have the capacity to take in information at an incredible pace. Let’s be sure we are fueling their entire being. With our performances, we want to inspire children to be empathetic, kind and thoughtful … able to creatively express their thoughts, emotions and connect with other human beings.” Lauri Francis [19]

ARTrageous donates the paintings completed during their shows to their theater or company patron as a tool to raise funds and awareness for the arts.[20] Through visual art donations, ARTrageous have helped to raise tens of thousands of dollars for charities all over the country and has been auctioned for up to $19,000 each at public and private auctions.

COVID-19 & Artrageous Live Online[edit]

As the COVID-19 pandemic spread throughout north America, the entertainment and arts community and industry began to feel the impact of closed venues, canceled tours and severe restrictions on life performances. As of late spring 2020, it was estimated that the economic loss could top 100 billion US dollars.

"The good news is that the economic impact of just the nonprofit arts in America is $166 billion annually," he says. "But the bad news is the loss of that is equally significant on the American economy."  Robert Lynch, President & CEO of American's for the Arts on NPR's All Things Considered. [21]

Artrageous sought to offset the wider cultural impact, and their own cancelled slate of tour dates, with Artrageous Live, an audience-first outreach, via their online presence on Facebook. Offered at no cost, with the slogan, "Turning Isolation into Inspiration", Artrageous Live is an entertaining and educational set of live and recorded video offerings including performances, games, classes for painting, singing, dancing, juggling and drawing, guest interviews and peeks behind-the-scenes of their production facility outside of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Each class and event is then saved for later views and are available through their Facebook page. [22]

“As responsible parents, teachers and members of planet earth, we all see the effects of technology on our future generations. We understand the need for something more. We understand the critical importance of creatively using your body, mind and emotions.” Lauri Francis[23]

Event Design[edit]

A unique element of ARTrageous is that in addition to being performers they also do their own production, show design, videography, logistics, marketing, web development, and promotions all in-house, with the varied skills of their community members. Their troupe members all wear multiple hats within their organization, which they attribute to a high quality of life and personal growth. They have worked with Fortune 500 companies and other corporations since the 90's to design custom events featuring high-energy art performances resulting in a complete experience for the audience; from walking in the theater to after the show with the live, on-stage gallery.

Commissioned Projects[edit]

ARTrageous has been involved in several commissioned projects such as the building of a 35’ foot tall Abraham Lincoln in the style of the Lincoln Memorial; the original Musical Comedy ‘Dracula’ performed with the New Mexico Symphony; the full Bunraku Puppetry shows ‘Isis and Osiris’ and ‘Perseus and Medusa’.[24][25]

Notable Tours and Appearances[edit]

International shows have been performed in Paris, Salzburg, Monte Carlo, Brussels, Madrid, Macau, Tokyo, New Delhi, Thailand, Oman, Tanzania, Panama, Dominican Republic, Los Cabos, Cancun, Guanajuato, Bermuda, Bahamas, Virgin Gorda, Toronto and Vancouver among others.  

ARTrageous hows have been performed in all 50 US States with the exception of Delaware. Notable performances include a private event for Sir Richard Branson on Necker Island, British Virgin Island (2008); a performance at the World Cup Soccer Finals in Paris (1998); headlining at the 44th annual Festival Internacional Cervantino (2016) and appearing at the NBA All Stars (2019).[26]


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