Thorgy Thor

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Thorgy Thor
Born
Shane Galligan

(1984-05-25) May 25, 1984 (age 35)
Residence Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
NationalityAmerican
Occupation
Years active2003–present
Known for
Website thorgy.com

Thorgy Thor is the stage name of Shane Galligan, [1] an American drag queen and musician most known for competing on the eighth season of RuPaul's Drag Race and for returning on the third season of All Stars .

Drag queen a person who dresses and acts with exaggerated femininity for performance purposes

Drag queens are male performance artists who dress in women's clothing and often act with exaggerated femininity and in feminine gender roles with a primarily entertaining purpose. They often exaggerate make-up such as eyelashes for dramatic, comedic or satirical effect. Drag queens are closely associated with gay men and gay culture. They vary widely by class, culture, and dedication, from professionals who star in films to people who try drag very occasionally.

<i>RuPauls Drag Race</i> (season 8) Eighth season of RuPauls Drag Race

The eighth season of RuPaul's Drag Race began airing on March 7, 2016. Returning judges include RuPaul and Michelle Visage, along with Ross Mathews and Carson Kressley, who shared judging responsibilities on an alternating basis. Twelve drag queens competed for the title of "America's Next Drag Superstar". The prizes for the winner are a one-year supply of Anastasia Beverly Hills cosmetics and a cash prize of $100,000. The full list of contestants was revealed during the NewNowNext Awards on February 1, 2016. The song "U Wear It Well" from RuPaul's album Butch Queen was featured in promotion for the show. On March 31, 2016, it was announced LogoTV renewed the show for a ninth season. It was the last season to solely be played on Logo, as the show moved to VH1 for its ninth season, and All Stars Season 2 was broadcast simultaneously on VH1.

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Early life

Galligan studied music at the University of Hartford 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. He also knows how to play the cello. [2]

University of Hartford Hartt School performing arts conservatory of the University of Hartford

The Hartt School is the comprehensive performing arts conservatory of the University of Hartford located in West Hartford, Connecticut, United States, that offers degree programs in music, dance, and theatre. Founded in 1920 by Julius Hartt and Moshe Paranov, Hartt has been part of the University of Hartford since its charter merged the then Hartt College of Music, the Hartford Art School, and Hillyer College to create the University in 1957. Hartt is among the most recognized schools for music, dance, and theatre in the United States. The Hartt School offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in music, dance, and theatre, and associated disciplines. The Hartt Community Division offers a variety of opportunities in music and dance for students of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities.

Connecticut U.S. state in the United States

Connecticut is the southernmost state in the New England region of the northeastern United States. As of the 2010 Census, it has the highest per-capita income, Human Development Index (0.962), and median household income in the United States. It is bordered by Rhode Island to the east, Massachusetts to the north, New York to the west, and Long Island Sound to the south. Its capital is Hartford and its most populous city is Bridgeport. It is part of New England, although portions of it are often grouped with New York and New Jersey as the tri-state area. The state is named for the Connecticut River which approximately bisects the state. The word "Connecticut" is derived from various anglicized spellings of an Algonquian word for "long tidal river".

State University of New York at Purchase

State University of New York at Purchase is a public college in Harrison, New York, in the hamlet of Purchase. It is one of 13 comprehensive colleges in the State University of New York (SUNY) system. It was founded by Governor Nelson Rockefeller in 1967 as "the cultural gem of the SUNY system."

Career

Drag

Thorgy Thor moved to Brooklyn in 2006 and considers herself a Brooklyn queen. She has said Brooklyn's drag style has contributed to her aesthetic. [3] [4] [5]

Brooklyn Borough in New York City and county in New York state, United States

Brooklyn is a borough of New York City, coterminous with Kings County, in the U.S. state of New York, the most populous county in the state, and the second-most densely populated county in the United States. It is New York City's most populous borough, with an estimated 2,504,700 residents in 2010. Named after the Dutch village of Breukelen, it borders the borough of Queens at the western end of Long Island. Brooklyn has several bridge and tunnel connections to the borough of Manhattan across the East River, and the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge connects it with Staten Island.

Galligan's first drag performance was as Frank N. Furter from The Rocky Horror Show . He was also Marvel Ann in the theater version of Psycho Beach Party . [3] His original drag name was Shananigans, and he auditioned for Drag Race since season one. [6]

<i>The Rocky Horror Show</i> musical

The Rocky Horror Show is a musical with music, lyrics and book by Richard O'Brien. A humorous tribute to the science fiction and horror B movies of the 1930s through to the early 1960s, the musical tells the story of a newly engaged couple getting caught in a storm and coming to the home of a mad transvestite scientist, Dr Frank-N-Furter, unveiling his new creation, a sort of Frankenstein-style monster in the form of an artificially made, fully grown, physically perfect muscle man named Rocky, complete "with blond hair and a tan".

<i>Psycho Beach Party</i> 2000 film by Robert Lee King

Psycho Beach Party is a 2000 comedy horror film based on the off-Broadway play of the same name, directed by Robert Lee King. Charles Busch wrote both the original play and the screenplay. As the title suggests, Psycho Beach Party, set in 1962 Malibu Beach, is a parody of 1950s psychodramas, 1960s beach movies and 1980s slasher films.

<i>RuPauls Drag Race</i> (season 1) season of television series

The first season of RuPaul's Drag Race, later referred to as RuPaul's Drag Race: The Lost Season Ru-Vealed, premiered in the United States on February 2, 2009, on Logo. Nine contestants were selected to compete in the running of becoming "America's Next Drag Superstar." The first season was filmed during the summer of 2008. The winner of the first season won $5,000 worth of MAC Cosmetics, was featured in an LA Eyeworks campaign, joined the Logo Drag Race tour, and won a cash prize of $20,000. One of the nine contestants to compete on RuPaul's Drag Race, Nina Flowers was determined by an audience vote via the show's official website. The results were announced in early September 2008.

Thorgy Thor won the LEGEND award at the 2014 Brooklyn Nightlife Awards. [3]

Galligan (as Thorgy Thor) was announced to be competing on the eighth season of RuPaul's Drag Race on February 1, 2016. [7] He placed sixth out of twelve overall, losing to Chi Chi Devayne. [5] She was brought back for the third season of RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars , revealed on October 20, 2017. [4] [8] Thorgy got eliminated in ninth place by season 2 and 3 queen Shangela. Her response to being eliminated, "Oh Jesus, gross" was turned into a three-second video clip and became a viral meme. [9] During the show's finale, Thorgy Thor was the only queen to vote for Shangela, despite a previously rocky relationship. [9]

Chi Chi DeVayne

Chi Chi DeVayne is the stage name of Zavion Davenport, an American drag queen and reality television personality. She is known for competing on the eighth season of RuPaul's Drag Race and the third season of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars. New York magazine named DeVayne one of the top 100 Most Powerful Drag Queens in America in June 2019.

<i>RuPauls Drag Race All Stars</i> (season 3) Third season of RuPauls Drag Race All Stars

The third season of RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars began airing on January 25, 2018. The season was announced in August 2017, and 9 of the 10 cast members were revealed during a VH1 television special titled "Exclusive Queen Ruveal," which aired on October 20, 2017. This season featured ten "All Star" contestants, selected from the show's first season through to its ninth season, who competed to be inducted into the "Drag Race Hall of Fame".

The second season of RuPaul's Drag Race premiered on February 1, 2010, and aired its final episode on April 26, 2010. On May 1, 2009, the casting website for the series opened, allowing prospective contestants to create user profiles and upload videos of themselves to be voted on by viewers; the applicant collecting the most votes being invited to become a contestant of the second season. At the end of the online casting period, Jessica Wild had collected the most votes and was announced as being a season two contestant. Filming took place during the summer of 2009.

Thorgy Thor appears with BeBe Zahara Benet, Jujubee and Alexis Michelle in the TLC show Drag Me Down the Aisle , which aired on March 9, 2019. [10] [11] [12]

Music

Thorgy Thor contributed to the albums Christmas Queens 2 (2016) and Christmas Queens 3 (2017). [13] [14] She was out of drag in the music video for Trinity The Tuck's "I Call Shade" in February 2019. [15]

She has performed with string instruments at the Le Poisson Rouge, the Lincoln Center and the Carnegie Hall. [4] In 2018, Thorgy Thor started her own symphony orchestra, "Thorchestra", and conducted for the first time in Halifax. [16] [17]

Filmography

Film/Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
2013 Getting Go: The Go Doc Project HerselfUncredited
2014 Mozart in the Jungle Season 3, Episode 9 [18] [19]
2016 RuPaul's Drag Race (season 8) Contestant (6th place)
2016RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked
2018–19 RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars (season 3) Contestant (10th place)
2019 Drag Me Down the Aisle
2019The Queens

Web series

YearTitleRoleNotesRef.
2016Bus BuddiesHerselfGuest, with Bob The Drag Queen [20]
2016RuPaul's Drag Race: UntuckedSeason 8 [21]
2018Watcha Packin'Guest [22]

Music videos

YearTitleArtist
2019"I Call Shade" Trinity The Tuck
2019"Yellow Cloud" Trixie Mattel [23]

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