The Fly Honey Show

Every Body. No Matter What your Body.

The Fly Honey Show re-imagines the classic cabaret to create an intimate and explosive celebration of body + sex positivity. 

Created and directed by radical choreographer Erin Kilmurray, The Fly Honeys are a fierce group of choreographers, dancers, musicians, actors, designers and performance artists who foster a safe space for advancing gender equality and promoting self-love.


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the fly honey creative team


ERIN KILMURRAY* • Creator//Director | MARY WILLIAMSON* • Writer//Host | SHANNON MATESKY* • Writer | JOHN CICORA* • Music Director//Composer | JENIFER L'AMOUR DORMAN • Graphic Designer | MISSI DAVIS* • Producer

2017 artist announcement coming soon!

erin kilmurray* • Creator//director

Photo by Megan Lee Miller

Photo by Megan Lee Miller

Erin Kilmurray created The Fly Honey Show in 2009 as a one night event in The Inconvenience's underground loft in the Lakeview neighborhood in Chicago. Since then it has grown to a month long extravaganza, bringing together a community of performers and art makers to create work that celebrates and subverts. 

Kilmurray is a choreographer and producer of fierce energy and vivid imagery. She creates dance experiences in order to tell stories, using movement as a vehicle to examine familiar connection through body language, relationships to each other, and the places we inhabit. Her research explores the act of dancing as a combination of physical artistry and social experience.

mary williamson* - writer//host

Photo by Megan Lee Miller

Photo by Megan Lee Miller

Mary plays host to The Fly Honey Show and also contributes as a writer and deviser for the annual get­-down.

In addition to The Fly Honey Show, Mary is a founding member of The Inconvenience where she continues to curate, devise, design and perform for a large variety of projects. As an actor with The Inconvenience, Mary originated the role of Madeline in Ike Holter's Hit The Wall at the Steppenwolf Garage, returned for the remount at Theatre on The Lake and then at the Chicago Commercial Collective, and starred in Love Tapes. She conceived and curated art and performance mash­-ups QuickDraw and The Little Things. Mary is constantly working as an actor and artist, and designs disgusting blood and gore for theatre all over Chicago.

shannon matesky • writer//honey company

Photo by Matthew Gregory Hollis

Photo by Matthew Gregory Hollis

Shannon Matesky is a writer for The Fly Honey Show, penning the Fly Honey Manifesto in its many iterations year after year.

Shannon is an actress, playwright, producer and youth organizer from Berkeley, California, and a company member of The Inconvenience.  She has performed with a range of theater companies including The Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theater. She has been featured on HBO, in the Chicago Tribune, and elsewhere. Shannon has produced campaigns and festivals across the United States, including the 2015 Brave New Voices Festival. Shannon is a Future Corps Fellow for Urban Word NYC, where she coordinates the recruitment, retention and project-based work of the organization’s Youth Leadership Board. 

John cicora • music director//composer

Photo by Ryan Bourque

Photo by Ryan Bourque

John Cicora is the music director, composer, band leader of The Fly Honey Show. 

John is a multi instrumentalist that has been arranging, directing, and performing music for the Inconvenience since their conception. Credits include Our House, Chicagoland, A Little Bit Louder Now, Standing Room Only, Hit The Wall, B-Side Studio, The Little Things, and Fly Honey Show. John has been working in Chicago for twelve years and has appeared in shows at Steppenwolf, Second City, Chicago Children's Theater and more.


Photo by Matthew Gregory Hollis

Photo by Matthew Gregory Hollis

Jen Dorman makes artwork for theatres, ad agencies, wineries, grave marker foundries, international sandwich franchises, etc. She spins fire.  

Photo by Ryan Bourque*

Photo by Ryan Bourque*

missi davis* • producer

Missi produces The Fly Honey Show and supports the direction of design elements. She manages the production + design teams; constructs and implements marketing + development strategy; and works side by side with Erin to forward the mission of The Fly Honeys.  

Missi is a founding member and the Executive Director of The Inconvenience, as well as an actress, puppeteer, and freelance producer. Acting credits include include B-Side Studio and The Citizens Anthology with The Inconvenience. Other acting credits include Breach and As Told by the Vivian Girls (Dog&Pony Theatre Co.), Luther (Steep), The Butcher of Baraboo (A Red Orchid Theatre); and The Cabinet (Redmoon), which toured across Brazil. She served as Company and Production Manager for Manual Cinema for their fall 2014 tour of Ada/Ava which included the Tehran Mobarak International Puppetry Festival in Iran.