31: Andrea Beesley
When we last put the spotlight on 100 creative forces in Phoenix, it was no secret there were more than 100 individuals who were making waves in the local arts community. So as we count down to our annual Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome (back) to 100 Creatives.
Andrea Beesley hails from a land Down Under (New Zealand), but she's lived in the Valley for 11 years. She's a film enthusiast and is most known for hosting and programming film events in the Valley under the name Midnite Movie Mamacita.
Her latest project is managing and creating The Dr. Diabolic Show with her fianc√© Jeremiah Wilkerson. When not on screen and stage as Nurse Narcotica (taking a break from that role to take care of our newborn son), She's coordinating live events, including a Variety Show at the Phoenix Art Museum and a Live Show at FilmBar.
I came to Phoenix with ... a High School Foreign Exchange Program, where I attended Mesa High for a semester in 1997. I then returned to the Valley in 2000 to reconnect with friends and have been here pretty much since.
I make art because ... I love b-movies; they are my favorite form of art. I wanted to share that love with others, so I created Midnite Movie Mamacita and now The Dr. Diabolic Show (with Jeremiah). I'm compelled to do something creative and doing these projects, I satisfy that urge and simultaneously get to share my passion with others. Being able to entertain and connect the community through live events and film is truly rewarding.
I'm most productive when ... It's morning and our son is napping. Getting stuff done in between naps and feeding is a new reality, but totally worth it. Also it helps to have an 80s slasher film playing on the telly, I'm on a Summer Camp Horror flick-kick right now...