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  • Fluent in English; learning Russian, Spanish
  • 32, Male
  • Member since 2007
  • Artistic Director - JRV MAJESTY Productions
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About Me

I am an independent production and development specialist designing strategies for queer arts organizations, programs, and projects.

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.

As an independent curator and producer Varisco has spent the last few years in Chicago working with over 1500 LGBTQIA & GNC artists, organizations, and communities to produce original works and independent projects such as annual program QUEER, ILL, & OKAY and POST-Q, mentorship program (CQAMP), live performance events (Salonathon: LEXICA), and educational workshops. Additionally, Varisco's work was recognized at the Chicago History Museum OUT at CHM Series and is a participant of the national touring exhibit When Dogs Heal.

Varisco's work focuses on utilizing local development, community partnerships, and strategic mentorship programs to elevate queer arts, establish a heritage, and enrich Chicago's cultural landscape through persistently developing relationships with underrepresented creative and educational minds.

I am culturally explorative guy and dig all forms of mythological study and its representations throughout pop-culture.

I have a pup named Pancakes and a Samson.

I busy myself in my spare time with reading and dreams of grandeur.

Life has become equal parts resist, resist, resist and let go.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


Traveled to great places with CS, met great people and love opening my home to wanderlust travelers.


Europe, West Coast, East Coast, Southern US, Canada and all over the Midwest.


Exploring queer cultures and art making in different areas of my city and in cities across the world.

Constellating with some rad folk, brainstorming creative conversations, designing sustainable problem solving practices for our artist lives.

FOOD! The power of food bring people to a table, laugh, explore, wax philosophical, get our pop culture references on and experience something new together.

  • dogs
  • arts
  • culture
  • performing arts
  • dining
  • nightlife
  • flying
  • reading
  • history

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Learned the flying trapeze.

What I Can Share with Hosts

The world of queer Chicago nightlife, art scenes, and off the path brilliant spaces to visit. Also, rad people, lots and lots of rad people to jam out with, feel your best self, and have some magical moments.

Countries I’ve Visited

Belize, Canada, Cayman Islands, France, Ireland, Mexico, Netherlands, Spain, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

United States

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