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Thorgy Thor

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Thorgy Thor is a New York City-based drag performance artist, entertainer, musician, and event host. Since appearing on season eight of RuPaul's Drag Race and season three RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars, Thorgy has been traveling the world, bringing to audiences her trademark wit, sense of humor, and musical charm.

Thorgy uses music and unconventional recording materials to create unique performances for theater, film, cabaret, and nightlife entertainment. She is an explosive performer who loves to lip-sync just as much as create collaborative performance art that combines drag, music, and comedy.

In 2018, she created "Thorgy and the Thorchestra" in collaboration with Canadian conductor Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser. The show blends orchestral performances of traditional and modern classical repertoire with contemporary pop songs. The Thorchestra made its debut with Symphony Nova Scotia in Halifax in conjunction with Halifax Pride to rave reviews and two nights of sold-out performances. The creation and debut of "Thorgy and the Thorchestra" was featured as part of "Disruptor Conductor," Sharon Lewis's 2019 documentary film about Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser, which highlighted his creative collaboration with Thorgy.

Since then, Thorgy has taken the Thorchestra to audiences around the globe. She has performed in the U.S. with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, and Oregon Symphony, and in Canada with the Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton, Saskatoon, and Regina symphonies orchestras, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, and Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. Additionally, she has had the pleasure of playing violin with many recording artists including New York legend Joey Arias, as well as having appeared in performance at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Le Poisson Rouge.

Thorgy Thor is the stage name of Shane Galligan. Galligan began his classical violin studies at a young age and studied music at the University of Hartford's Hartt School in Connecticut before graduating from the State University of New York, Purchase, with a Bachelor of Music in both viola and violin performance in 2006. While undertaking studies at the Hartt School and Purchase Conservatory, Galligan earned an honorary degree in Drag Ridiculousness, performing his original works of art entitled Maitri and Pocket to Pocket. He also starred in theater productions such as Bad Splices and Psycho Beach Party.

Thorgy has appeared on Amazon’s “Mozart in the Jungle,” where she showcased her violin skills in drag. She has also been a repeat guest on Bravo’s "Watch What Happens Live," appearing alongside Goldie Hawn, Amy Schumer, Lily Tomlin, and Jane Fonda. She was a special guest performer on Eliot Glazer’s "Haunting Renditions" in 2017. Further television credits include "Dragnificent!" on TLC and Hulu.

Thorgy has established herself as a comedic powerhouse in the world of drag, appearing on multiple “Haters Roast” and other comedy tours. Her prowess also secured her role in a new musical Oh My God Broadway, which debuted 2018, alongside Sally Struthers and Bonnie Milligan.

Since moving to Brooklyn in 2006, Thorgy has been a featured performer in nightclubs, theater projects, street performances, and photo series throughout Brooklyn and New York City. She won the LEGEND award at the 2014 Brooklyn Nightlife Awards and has been nominated for numerous other awards including the Glam Awards, Get Out Awards, and Odyssey Magazine Awards.

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