The Pearl founders and co-artistic directors are Katie Gilchrist and Annie Cherry.

Annie Cherry is a nationally known, award winning, multi-disciplinary performance artist, specializing in the bawdy, risqué, and hilarious. A burlesque performer for over a decade, Annie is the founder, co-owner, and co-producer of the Bohemian Cult Revival performance collective, recently nominated for Best Performing Arts group in Kansas City by The Pitch readers. Annie is an ensemble member of Late Night Theatre, a producer of The Nightcap late-night talk show parody, and a sought after emcee. She is more than thrilled to partner with one of her dearest friends and most valued collaborators to bring The Pearl forth from the depths of their mutual dreams.

Katie Gilchrist has been working professionally in Kansas City since 2001. She is co-owner and co-producer of Bohemian Cult Revival. She is the former co-artistic director of Stuffed Buffalo Productions, a company that stages live readings of iconic films in order to support charitable organizations, locally. She is a founding company member of The Living Room, an ensemble member of Late Night Theatre, and the founding Artistic Director of Kansas City Irish Theatre, which opened their inaugural season in 2017 in collaboration with Kansas City Irish Center. She has been named “Best Actress” by Pitch readers (2012-2016), and has appeared on almost every professional stage in KCMO. She has an MFA in Acting/Directing from UMKC. Katie is over the moon to create this new performance venue with one of her most trusted collaborators and chosen family, Annie.

Katie and Annie were also collaborators on The New Century Follies, presented quarterly at the historic Folly Theater in downtown Kansas City. Through a collaboration with VML international global digital marketing and advertising agency, The New Century Follies staged the first fully interactive stage-to-screen app driven theatrical experience in the world.

Katie and Annie intend to continue making history by bringing innovative and accessible performances to The Pearl... Fresh. Cultured.