Host and Curator

JOSEPH R. VARISCO is the Founder and Creative Director of JRV MAJESTY Productions, Director of Development at The Inconvenience, co-curator at Salonathon, and Resident Curator for Poonie’s Cabaret at Links Hall. He is currently working on the development of a mentorship program for LGBTQIA & Gender Non-Conforming emerging artists in Chicago via High Concept Laboratories Institutional Incubation Residency.

Performing independent development, producer, and curator Varisco has spent the last five years in Chicago working with over 1500 LGBTQIA & GNC artists and organizations to produce client-based original works in various mediums such as annual performance series, (QUEER, ILL, & OKAY), literary collections, gallery exhibits, live performance events, and educational workshops. Additionally, Varisco’s work has been recognized in the national exhibit Strange Bedfellows (2013-2014), as a featured artist for the Center on Halsted’s World AIDS Day Conference and the Chicago History Museum’s Out in Chicago exhibit. Varisco’s larger work is based on collaborative creative initiatives focused on underrepresented HIV+ and queer populations. 

Varisco is based out of Chicago’s Logan Square.