Frankie Mulinix (Vandellous)
Performer, Emcee, Producer, Dramaturge, Choreographer, Director, Voice teacher, Performance educator, Mental health worker, and Intimacy Choreographer and Coordinator
“At times let art be a balm; at other, a bomb” - Vandellous
Frankie Mulinix (Vandellous) is a queer, nonbinary, disabled, and neurodivergent performer, emcee, producer, dramaturge, choreographer, director, voice teacher, performance educator, mental health worker, and intimacy choreographer and coordinator. Through these various roles, their work is focused on the body as the site of liberation, the voice as action, the revolutionary capacity of community, and the healing potential of unflinching art.
As Vibrance: Centre for Voice and Movement, Frankie supports creatives seeking to work with their physiology to build their skills, develop their practice, reclaim their autonomy, and learn how presence, pleasure, and play aid in auto-organization to overcome freeze/survival states, trauma, and other barriers to artistic expression. Their theatre company Burning Bones Physical Theatre, is dedicated to engaging with the local community and expanding the possibilities of live performance in daring and imaginative ways through butoh dance, Fitzmaurice Voicework®, and Organic Intelligence®. As a solo performer, Frankie creates butoh-, burlesque-, fire-, and text-based work with performer and producer credits spanning Canada, Australia, and the United States. They are the founder of Forbidden Fascinations and artistic associate of Celestial Cabaret.
Recent notable performances include Art on the Atlanta Beltline, Beltline After Dark, the DANCEATL alumni showcase, Marietta Cobb Museum of Art, and the dance film Construct: ATL which has been selected for UNFIX NYC and Dance Camera Istanbul.
Frankie holds a BFA in Physical Theatre Performance through Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, with a focus on writing, dramaturgy, directing, and multidisciplinary performance, and a Master’s in Occupational Therapy from the University of Queensland, specializing in LGBTIQ+ occupational justice, mental health, chronic pain, and neurology. Frankie is a certified teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework® and a certified Organic Intelligence® coach. They hold an Associate Performer Diploma (ATCL) with Trinity College, London, UK, and are a certified Speech Arts Teacher with Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM), Toronto, Canada. They are trained in Reiki (level 3), Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (Basic, Advanced, and ACT for Performance), Knight Thompson Speechwork, TIE’s Intimacy Choreography practices, and specialize in working with trans and nonbinary clients. They are a member of the Voice and Speech Trainer's Association (VASTA), a 2021 Hambidge Cross-Pollination Art Lab Fellow, and a Reiser Art Lab recipient (2022-2023).
Frankie co-designed a performance and modified acrobatics pilot program for children with cerebral palsy through the Cerebral Palsy League of Queensland. They formed United We Dance to educate and build support in the Brisbane community for marriage equality through dance and were invited guests at Brisbane’s Mental Health Day. Their work resulted in the Queensland branch of Occupational Therapy Australia issuing a public statement of unequivocal support for LGBTIQ+ folks, recognizing the health impacts of occupational injustices that uniquely impact the community. Frankie has emceed and produced several long-standing events such as Alchemy, Brisbane Square Library’s immensely successful monthly showcase of spoken word poetry, dance, circus, burlesque, and music; Bang on a Boa, the annual fundraiser for the acquired brain injury organization Synapse; Lost Movements, a bi-monthly “happening” of street art, music, burlesque, body art, and dance; and celebration of The Female Form, an annual art showcase co-organized with the painter Vanessa Swift. Frankie co-created the steering committee for and served as the first president of BLP, bringing art, entertainment, education, and community events centered around alternative lifestyles in Queensland.
Frankie also trains and competes as a triathlete on Team USA, using all their creative somatic practice to support their athletic endeavors and their endurance sports experience to support their work in the arts.