NEVERLAND ARTIST MANAGEMENT
Neverland is a company built by artists and influencers. Our commitment to working with the absolute best talent in drag performance, costume design, set design, and lighting design has led to an array of famous alumni including Kim Chi, Shea Coulee, Pearl, Trixie Mattel, and Alexander Knox (Project Runway). For a small, elite group of LGBTQ influencers, we manage bookings, brand, sponsorships, and development. Scroll down for a list of our current roster, which includes Kim Chi, Naomi Smalls, Shea Coulee, and Sasha Velour. For booking inquiries contact Anthony@NeverlandChicago.com
Kim Chi is a 7' tall, live-action anime character and high-fashion model. Born in the U.S., raised in South Korea, and currently based in Chicago, Kim is a cultural hybrid with a preternatural understanding of style and conceptual fashion. One cannot bound Kim Chi with any stylistic stereotypes. She deftly absorbs and interprets our contemporary cultural milieu with unflinching focus. An ever-evolving chameleon, Kim never fails to surprise and delight with her larger than life looks and her high standard of work.
Kim's drag career started in November 2012. Joined by a team of creative visionaries, she quickly blossomed into a fixture of the Chicago drag scene. Kim started working with party-production company Neverland in 2012, becoming the Chicago-based party's main host. Kim has been invited to perform in numerous locations across the U.S., including NYC, Boston, Providence, Texas, Iowa, Salt Lake City, Milwaukee, Madison, and Hawaii.
Naomi Smalls is a 7 ft. glamazon, inspired by 90's supermodels, pop culture and fashion. Her name hails from the edginess of Naomi Campbell coupled with the freshness of Biggie Smalls. As a fashion-obsessed teenager who followed Thierry Mugler, Jean Paul Gaultier, and V Magazine, Naomi entered her first drag competition at 340 Nightclub. After several months of attempts she finally won the competition, gaining the confidence that she could go further with her drag.
Born Davis Heppenstall in Redlands, California, Naomi has had to travel to LA or Riverside to perform, due to the lack of a drag scene at home. She describes herself as "bubbly but very chill", and treats everyone as she'd want to be treated. She has an enormous family of 11 brothers and sisters, so she learned early how to cope with teasing and shade-throwing!
RuPaul's Drag Race Season Nine contender and Chicago native Shea Couleè is equal parts Bougie and Banji. When Couleè isn't slaying the stage or melting cameras with her now famous paint, she goes by Jaren Merrell. Merrell attended Columbia College in Chicago to study costume design, drawing inspiration from theatrical productions like Aida and super models of the 90's like Naomi Campbell. With support from his best friend and close collaborator Tiger Lily, he was convinced to start drag.
Five years into the game, Couleé expresses her love for the arts through fashion and film making. In 2016 she released her debut film Lipstick City, which she was the writer, co-producer, director and star of. Shortly after the film's release Couleé was chosen to compete by RuPaul to compete for the title of Americas Next Drag SuperStar!
Sasha Velour (b.1987) is a gender-fluid drag queen and designer currently living in Brooklyn, NY. Her creative work includes drag performance, publishing, fashion, and music. Velour appeared as a contestant on the Emmy-winning reality TV competition, Rupaul's Drag Race (Season 9).
She produces and stars in the drag show “Nightgowns," which has been called “[the] thinking queens drag show” (Time Out NY) and “a signature blend of thoughtful, politically-charged, emotional drag” (NEXT Magazine).
She is also the creative force behind Velour: The Drag Magazine, a bi-yearly publication about drag artists that has been called “unmistakably thoughtful…[with an] edgy, demure, and exacting aesthetic” (Bushwick Daily).
Velour designs all of her own merchandise and products. Her illustration and comics have been published in QU33R, Posture, Cicada, InkBRICK, Suspect Device, and Comics Workbook Magazine.