I've been called a 'renaissance' woman... not entirely sure what they mean by that, but I'm certainly a fan of the pioneering spirit and free expression! I'm a creative producer and director who has worked in many fields of the arts. I'm director of these companies:

The Jeff Keen Archive curating exhibitions and other promotion of my father's work;

Theatre of Fur Cinematic Dance Theatre Production exploring collaborative theatre work

and Arts Connections East a creative community network based in Suffolk UK.

My parents were British 60's 'underground' filmmaker and artist Jeff Keen, and his muse - the artist and screen goddess Jackie Keen. I was born in Brighton UK in 1965 and had an extraordinary bohemian 'beatnik' upbringing, for which I'm eternally grateful.

A former 'child star' of my father's films, playing alongside members of Andy Warhol's infamous Factory, I became acquainted from an early age with film, dance and performance art. As well as appearing in the films, I was also 2nd camera on a lot of them. From the late 70s to early 80s I took part in my father’s Expanded Cinema shows in arts venues such as The London Filmmaker's Co-op, ICA, Whitechapel Art Gallery & Diorama.

My Fine Art degree in London concentrated mainly on making films and artwork. I worked briefly for the BBC and on a ‘pop video’ before moving back to Brighton in 1990 where I was involved for a few years in producing regular performances and events at the Zap Club winning two awards. The Zap developed into Zap Art and was at that time associated with groundbreaking artistic events and was an exciting place to develop ideas.

From there I produced and promoted events, performances and exhibitions for the Brighton Festival. In the mid 90’s I self-published my small press comic book “Lone Star Comix” and was drummer in low-fi punky pop band “SEXLOVEBUSTERBABY!” with Rachel from The Dolly Mixtures on bass. We were big in Japan for 5 minutes!

I've performed on TV and was production assistant on (and appeared in) award winning short films "The Morning After" and "Reptile Day" (see: www.nicemedialimited.co.uk)

Stella Starr is the 'stage name' my dad gave me and I trained in Drama and Dance (Ballet, Jazz Dance, Flamenco, Tango, Ballroom/Latin/Jive and Egyptian).

In 1997 I set up “Vavavavoom! Burlesque" - pioneering the feminist Neo-Burlesque movement in the UK. Always much more than just a cabaret, Vavavavoom! introduced a form of interactive participatory immersive theatre to nightclubs and other unusual settings. Each show was different with great attention to detail and work put into them by a dedicated team of great talents. It set a precedent in mentoring new performers and collaborations with local and international artists and musicians. We are very proud of one of our former performers Gwendoline Christie! You may know her from 'Game of Thrones' and 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' etc..

As well as directing the shows, I performed Burlesque and sang with my Big Band of world class musicians - originally 'The Dimestore Jive Revue' and now called 'Stella Starr & The Allstars'.

I've taught Burlesque performance and stage craft as part of my 'Vavavavoom! School of Burlesque'.

In 2003, the Courthauld Institute commissioned me to write an essay on Toulouse Lautrec drawings as part of a special series on various 'celebrity' viewpoints of their art collection.

I've appeared in photographic exhibitions on Neo Burlesque, and in two books on the subject - "New Burlesque" by Katharina Bosse and "Burlesque and the New Bump-n-Grind" by Michelle Baldwin.

For several years I promoted underground bands with gig nights called 'Speakeasy' and new Burlesque performers in my 'Whiskey A Go Go' nights. I've always produced all the publicity and copy for my shows.

Around 2008 I gave up a lot of my work to devote more time to looking after my father who was very ill with prostate cancer and Parkinsons. Whilst sorting out his studio I discovered an incredible body of his artwork. It became my mission to introduce the art world to this work.
Within a year I'd secured him his first solo exhibition in Paris. This was swiftly followed by a solo show in New York, a retrospective exhibition at Brighton Museum and a major video installation with performance at the Tate Modern Tanks in 2012.

Since my father’s death this same year, I continue to represent The Jeff Keen Archive - curating exhibitions, conducting related talks and workshops.

Jeff Keen is represented by two London Galleries – Hales and Kate MacGarry - and the Archive is part of the new Art360 support scheme introduced by DACS Foundation.