Nathan Marken (Winnie)
Lyric baritone and native of Illinois, Nathan Marken first heard of The Kinsey Sicks in the early 2000s as a collegiate music student and joined as "Winnie" in 2014.
Nathan is currently based in San Francisco, where he has performed the notable roles of Eddie and Eugene in the ground-breaking immersive experience The Speakeasy and the title role in Hedwig and the Angry Inch produced by Boxcar Theatre, Devil Boys from Beyond (Mattie van Buren) and Xanadu (Thalia) at the New Conservatory Theatre Center, The Rocky Horror Show (Brad), Le Nozze di Figaro (Bartolo) with Opera on Tap:SF, and Insignificant Others (Andrew) at Pier 39 in San Francisco. He has performed with Opera on Tap:SF, Goat Hall Productions, Parlor Opera, and has been a featured soloist with Soli Deo Gloria and the Mission Dolores Basilica Choir.
Nathan holds a Masters of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and is a graduate of the Illinois Wesleyan University School of Music. He is also an avid advocate of animal rights as well as bicycle and transportation access. Nathan currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Lesbian/Gay Chorus of San Francisco (LGCSF), volunteers with the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, and is a past participant of Climate Ride.
Jeff Manabat (Trixie)
Jeff joined The Kinseys in 2004, and currently serves as musical director, writes the 4-part vocal arrangements, and with the help of many talented designers, is irresponsible for the group’s costume design.
In addition to his work with the Kinseys, he stars alongside drag superstars Trixie Mattel, Shangela, Willam, and Ginger Minj in the English-language version of Netflix's drag queen superhero cartoon "Super Drags" and also sings the show's theme song.
On stage, he originated the lead role of Henry Tahara in the critically acclaimed play Bronzeville, nominated for both an NAACP Theatre Award and Ovation Award, with Robey Theater Company in Los Angeles. Favorite stage credits: Oberon/Theseus (A Midsummer Night's Dream), Lun Tha (The King and I), Agrippa (Cleopatra: the Musical).
Previous a cappella experience includes singing with, writing for, and directing the UC Men's Octet from the University of California at Berkeley, which won first place at the National Competition of Collegiate A Cappella held at Carnegie Hall.
Spencer Brown (Trampolina)
Spencer, a Kansas City-based performer, is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York and joined the Kinsey Sicks in 2008.
His other alter ego Daisy Buckët has won various honors including 2008 Best Cabaret Show (The Pitch), Queen of Kansas City Pride 2008, and 2011's Best Drag Performer (The Pitch). Favorite credits include writing and starring in a stage adaptation of the film The Rose, Riff Raff (The Rocky Horror Show), Snow White (Grimm & Bare It), Chicklet (Psycho Beach Party), and Sue Snell (A Scarrie Carrie Christmas Carol). He's enjoyed performing all over Kansas City at venues such as the Unicorn Theatre, Union Station, the Folly Theater, Late Night Theatre, Off Center Theatre, and the Just Off Broadway Theater (nearly all of them in drag!).
Spencer's work for local HIV/AIDS organizations has raised over $100,000 with his annual AIDS Walk team, Team Buckët.
When he's not singing and mugging shamelessly as Trampolina, he can be found donning a blonde wig as Daisy Buckët at Missie B's.
J.B. Mclendon (ANGEL)
J.B. auditioned for the Kinsey’s the day after Christmas in Washington DC in 2016 and is thrilled to be joining the troupe as they enter their 26th year. As a huge fan of a cappella music (Manhattan Transfer, Take 6), this is a dream come true!
A native of Annapolis, MD, J.B. got his BFA in Musical Theatre from Syracuse University. In his 30+ year career, he has performed in New York City, Edinburgh, Scotland, Key West, FL, 4 years of Summer Stock in the Northeast, and has toured the country three times over. Favorite roles include Hannibal Lecter in Silence, the Musical, Clown #2 in The 39 Steps, Pseudolus in Forum, Patsy in Spamalot, Charlie in Charlie Brown, & Ben Franklin in 1776.
Behind the scenes, he has directed, stage managed, company managed, box office managed… basically he’s done it all (except lighting design)! He is also a playwright. His first play, The Present, has been produced in NYC, Los Angeles, and Annapolis, MD.
He owes a debt of gratitude to his other “drag persona”, Gassy Winds, for helping to provide inspiration for Angel.
Special thanks to Bess, Erin, Dave, Michael, Phineas & Ferb (his fur babies), and his mother Andy for their continued love and support.
Dragapella Emeritus: Ben Schatz
While an undergraduate at Harvard College, Ben was torn between pursuing a career as a gay activist and a career in theater. Eventually he decided that activism was more important and that he didn't have the talent to be a performer.
Ben went on to attend Harvard Law School and, upon graduation, started the first national AIDS legal program. He later served as Executive Director of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association and was appointed to President Clinton's Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS.
Eventually Ben discovered that:
- Activism and theater are not mutually exclusive,
- Talent is overrated, and
- Making people laugh is much more fun than suing them, and no less effective in making them think.
As chief writer for The Kinsey Sicks, Ben is largely irresponsible for the lyrics that have made tens of thousands cringe.